American Horror Story: Coven
American Horror Story: Coven is the third season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It premiered on October 9, 2013, and concluded on January 29, 2014. The season takes place in 2013, in New Orleans, and follows a coven of witches descended from Salem as they fight for survival. It also features flashbacks to 1692 during the infamous Salem Witch Trials, the 1830s, 1910s, 1960s, 1970s and 1990s.
|American Horror Story: Coven|
Promotional poster and home media cover art
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||October 9, 2013 –|
January 29, 2014
Returning cast members from the previous seasons of the series include: Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange, Jamie Brewer, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Robin Bartlett, along with new cast members Emma Roberts and Kathy Bates.
Like its predecessors, Coven was met with both positive reviews, and strong ratings, with the premiere episode attracting a series high of 5.54 million viewers, which at the time was the most viewed episode of the series. The season garnered seventeen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries and five acting nominations for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Kathy Bates, with Lange and Bates winning their respective acting categories. In addition, Coven was nominated for Best Miniseries or TV Film at the Golden Globe Awards.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Foxx
- Taissa Farmiga as Zoe Benson
- Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow
- Evan Peters as Kyle Spencer
- Lily Rabe as Misty Day
- Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery
- Denis O'Hare as Spalding
- Kathy Bates as Delphine LaLaurie
- Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode
- Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau
- Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie
- Jamie Brewer as Nan
- Josh Hamilton as Hank Foxx
- Alexander Dreymon as Luke Ramsey
- Lance Reddick as Papa Legba
- Michael Cristofer as Harrison Renard
- Leslie Jordan as Quentin Fleming
- Robin Bartlett as Cecily Pembroke
- Danny Huston as the Axeman
- Mike Colter as David
- Riley Voelkel as young Fiona Goode
- Christine Ebersole as Anna-Lee Leighton
- Michelle Page as young Myrtle Snow
- Miguel Capo Viu as Bastien the Minotaur
- Dana Gourrier as Chantal
- Patti LuPone as Joan Ramsey
- Stevie Nicks as herself
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Kaylee
- Mare Winningham as Alicia Spencer
- Grey Damon as Brener
- Ian Anthony Dale as Dr. David Zhong
- Lance E. Nichols as Detective Sanchez
- Grace Gummer as Millie
- Andrew Leeds as Dr. Dunphy
- Gavin Stenhouse as Billy
- P.J. Boudousqué as Jimmy
- Kyle Secor as Bill
- Raeden Greer as Pauline LaLaurie
- Jennifer Lynn Warren as Borquita LaLaurie
- Ashlynn Ross as Marie Jeanne LaLaurie
- Scott Michael Jefferson as Louis LaLaurie
- James DuMont as Dr. Morrison
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|26||1||"Bitchcraft"||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||October 9, 2013||3ATS01||5.54|
|Zoe Benson plans to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time, but something goes horribly wrong. Zoe learns she is a descendant from Salem and is a witch. Her power causes violent hemorrhaging and death to whomever she has sex with. Fearing their daughter may become a hazard to those around her, Zoe's parents send her to a private school in New Orleans that teaches young witches how to survive in the modern world. Upon arrival, she meets Madison Montgomery, a spoiled teenage movie star who can move objects with her mind, Nan, who can hear the thoughts of others, and Queenie, who is a human voodoo doll. The school is owned and run by Cordelia Foxx. After a young witch named Misty Day is burned at the stake, Cordelia's estranged mother, reigning Supreme and most powerful witch of her generation, Fiona Goode, arrives to ensure their protection.|
|27||2||"Boy Parts"||Michael Rymer||Tim Minear||October 16, 2013||3ATS02||4.51|
|Still seeking to be perpetually young and beautiful, Fiona questions her new captive, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, who in the previous episode was dug up from an unmarked grave, still alive. Delphine tells Fiona that 180 years ago, a voodoo priestess named Marie Laveau gave her an immortality elixir, killed her family, and buried her alive. In hopes of becoming immortal as well, Fiona visits the still-living Laveau in a 9th Ward beauty salon and creates a renewed rivalry between the Salem witches and the voodoo practitioners. Meanwhile, Zoe and Madison decide to cast a resurrection spell in order to bring Kyle, one of several frat boy members that Madison murdered, back to life. When Kyle reanimates as a scared, angry monster, Zoe must seek help from a reclusive Necromancer, Misty Day, the witch burned at the stake in the previous episode. Elsewhere, Cordelia and her husband Hank have trouble conceiving a child, so he wants her to perform a fertility ritual, to which they proceed.|
|28||3||"The Replacements"||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon||James Wong||October 23, 2013||3ATS03||3.78|
|Madison and Nan take a liking to the new next door neighbor, Luke Ramsey, but have problems with his overly-religious mother Joan. After an encounter with the Ramseys, Madison develops the power of Pyrokinesis. A weakened Fiona learns she has terminal cancer and believes it to be caused by one of the students rising to take her place as the Supreme. After hearing of Madison's growing power, Fiona takes her under wing. She shows Madison what it means to be a real witch, and gets her to reveal another new power she possesses. Realizing she is the next Supreme, Fiona plans to get rid of her. Meanwhile, Zoe visits Kyle's distraught mother and takes him home, not knowing of her true colors. She sexually abuses him. Cordelia is told by her doctor that she can never have a baby and goes to Marie Laveau for help. As punishment for her crimes of torture and abuse of slaves in 1830, the racist Delphine LaLaurie is forced by Fiona to be a maid to the students, causing tension between her and Queenie.|
|29||4||"Fearful Pranks Ensue"||Michael Uppendahl||Jennifer Salt||October 30, 2013||3ATS04||3.71|
|Fiona tells the house butler, Spalding, to get rid of Madison's body and rescues Queenie from the Minotaur, a mythological beast that was sent to the Academy by Marie Laveau. At Kyle's house, Zoe hastily cleans up the mess that he created after killing his mother, but ends up losing him as Halloween commences. Away on a "business" trip, Hank cheats on Cordelia with his girlfriend, Kaylee, whom he then murders in his hotel room. The Council of Witchcraft pays a surprise visit the Academy to discuss Madison's disappearance. After receiving a gruesome present from Fiona, Marie officially ends the truce between the witches and voodoo practitioners and calls upon the dead to wreak havoc on the Academy.|
|30||5||"Burn, Witch. Burn!"||Jeremy Podeswa||Jessica Sharzer||November 6, 2013||3ATS05||3.80|
|Continuing from the last episode set on Halloween night, Zoe and the others go on the defense when zombies attempt to get into the school. Faced with death, Zoe unleashes a new power. Madame LaLaurie deals with the fact that she was a horrible mother when she sees her own daughters amongst the hordes of zombies. After an attack on Cordelia leaves her blind and helpless, Fiona also deals with the fact that she was a bad mother. The Council returns after the attacks on Cordelia and the girls, but Fiona manages to persuade them into believing head of the Council, Myrtle Snow, attacked Cordelia due to her grudge against Fiona. Myrtle is sentenced to burn at the stake for harming another witch. At the end, Misty Day appears and resurrects Myrtle.|
|31||6||"The Axeman Cometh"||Michael Uppendahl||Douglas Petrie||November 13, 2013||3ATS06||4.16|
|Zoe, Queenie and Nan decide to come together as a Coven and use a spirit board to make contact with the other side in order to find Madison. The girls end up making contact with the spirit of legendary serial killer, The Axeman of New Orleans. Queenie warns Zoe to stay away from that kind of witchcraft because it has dangerous consequences, but Zoe is determined to find out what happened to Madison. Zoe uses the spirit board alone, and summons the Axeman, who wants something in return for helping her find Madison. After decades of being held inside the Academy's walls, he asks Zoe to release his spirit that was trapped there by its former students. A now blind Cordelia develops the power of Second Sight and finds out about Hank's indiscretion, causing him to worry that she will find out his real secret of being a witch hunter. Madison is revived by Misty, and Kyle is kept at the Coven. Also, Fiona desperately wants to have one last whirlwind romance before she inevitably dies.|
|32||7||"The Dead"||Bradley Buecker||Brad Falchuk||November 20, 2013||3ATS07||4.00|
|Fiona has a tryst with the Axeman, which is complicated by the side effects of her chemotherapy. Meanwhile, Zoe casts a spell to restore Spalding's tongue and interrogates him, killing him after he admits Fiona was Madison's real murderer. A newly revived Madison bonds with Kyle over being undead. Delphine and Queenie also become closer, and Delphine tells Queenie that the other witches will never truly accept her because of her race. Queenie visits Marie, who offers to let Queenie join the voodoo practitioners if she brings her Delphine. After walking in on Kyle and Madison having sex, Zoe feels betrayed by them both, but Madison claims the two should simply share him. Zoe refuses, knowing that the minute they have sex her power will kill him. Madison insists that she can't kill him because he is already dead; that night Madison, Zoe and Kyle engage in a threesome.|
|33||8||"The Sacred Taking"||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon||Ryan Murphy||December 4, 2013||3ATS08||4.07|
|Misty and a resurrected Myrtle arrive at the Coven to escape a witch hunter. The Coven prepares for the Sacred Taking ritual; in which a Supreme witch takes her own life to ensure the safety of the Coven, hastening the arrival of the next Supreme. As Fiona's health begins to fail, she sees Madison who claims to be the next Supreme by reviving herself, and Fiona's punishment will be to burn at the stake. She convinces Fiona to swallow a handful of pills but she later throws them up. At Marie Laveau's, Delphine is being held in a cage and scoffs at Marie's taunts. Marie hacks off Delphine's hand as a warning. That evening, an attack is carried out when an unseen witch hunter shoots and kills Joan Ramsey and injures Luke. The next morning, Fiona finds Delphine LaLaurie's head in a box on the porch. Misty revives Joan at Fiona's request.|
|34||9||"Head"||Howard Deutch||Tim Minear||December 11, 2013||3ATS09||3.94|
|Marie scoffs at Fiona's offer of an alliance, but must later reconsider when witch hunter Hank turns his attention on her voodoo tribe. Hank's back story is revealed, showing how his father trained him to be a witch hunter and how he met and charmed his way into Cordelia's life. Myrtle finally gets her revenge upon the Council that betrayed her. Meanwhile, Queenie attempts to force the disembodied Delphine to appreciate the modern African-American heritage. Nan's clairvoyance allows a comatose Luke to reveal a dark Ramsey family secret. Also, Myrtle restores Cordelia's eyes and allows her to see again. In doing so, Cordelia loses her power of Second Sight. Joan smothers Luke with a pillow after learning she murdered his father.|
|35||10||"The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks"||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon||James Wong||January 8, 2014||3ATS10||3.49|
|Marie and Fiona form an uneasy alliance in order to protect themselves from the witch hunters. Meanwhile, Nan develops new powers of being able to read and control people's thoughts. Madison tries to sabotage Zoe and the other witches in the race for the Supremacy. Fiona tries to show Misty the wonderful things a Supreme can enjoy, by introducing Stevie Nicks to her. It is also revealed how Marie is still beautiful and alive after 300 years. Nan learns that Joan murdered Luke in his hospital bed after he threatened to reveal a family secret, and Nan turns to a dark path by exacting an equally cruel and lethal revenge against Joan, making her kill herself.|
|36||11||"Protect the Coven"||Bradley Buecker||Jennifer Salt||January 15, 2014||3ATS11||3.46|
|A flashback to the 1830s reveals the origins of Delphine LaLaurie. After she moves back to New Orleans from Paris, she fears she will tire of the city's atmosphere. She then discovers her shocking attraction to blood and torture. In present day, a newly reassembled Delphine takes up an old hobby to pass the time. Marie and Fiona have a deadly face off with witch hunters of the Delphi Trust, while Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the Coven. Meanwhile, a jealous Madison doesn't accept the fact that Kyle is in love with Zoe. The two argue over who deserves him more and Madison uses magic to hurt Zoe, threatening to take Kyle apart again.|
|37||12||"Go to Hell"||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon||Jessica Sharzer||January 22, 2014||3ATS12||3.35|
|Knowing her death from cancer is approaching, Fiona attempts to make amends by saying goodbye to Cordelia, giving her a family heirloom. Cordelia regains her power of Second Sight and foresees the harrowing future of the Coven. Cordelia goes to the Axeman and shares her visions with him, which later leads to the murder of Fiona. With Fiona gone, the girls finally band together as a Coven. Also, Queenie summons Papa Legba and visits her own personal hell. Later Queenie kills Delphine LaLaurie, inadvertently killing Marie (as Papa Legba terminated their immortality after breach of contract) and the two find themselves in their actual hell, which is an eternity of Delphine being tortured by Marie in her own torture chamber.|
|38||13||"The Seven Wonders"||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon||Douglas Petrie||January 29, 2014||3ATS13||4.24|
|Zoe, Madison, Misty, and Queenie undergo the test of the Seven Wonders. The one who performs them all successfully is the next Supreme. At first, the girls pass each test, until they reach descensum, where they must send their spirits to hell and return before sunrise. All pass except Misty, whose spirit remains trapped in her own personal hell. Next is the act of transmutation. Zoe impales herself on the iron gates of the Academy, resulting in her death. Queenie fails at resurrection, while Madison refuses to bring Zoe back to life. Myrtle convinces Cordelia to attempt the Seven Wonders, and she completes them all successfully while Madison fails at divination. Cordelia resurrects Zoe and is crowned the new Supreme. Myrtle later requests to again be burned at the stake for her dishonorable actions of murder and a fresh start for Cordelia. Kyle kills Madison for refusing to resurrect Zoe, and Spalding takes her body. Cordelia makes peace with her dying mother after inheriting her powers and title of Supreme.|
In January 2013, series co-creator Ryan Murphy hinted that a clue about the third season would be hidden in the tenth episode of the second season. In a later interview discussing that episode, he stated, "I sorta feel like for the third version I want to do something that's a little bit more 'evil glamour.' Just something that's a little bit more...one of the things that I missed this season was I really loved having that Romeo and Juliet youth story with Violet and Tate [from the first season]. I want something like that again and we're doing something like that in the third season. And we're contemplating shooting the show in a different place. We're contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been." In another interview, Murphy added that the season would be set in the modern day.
Executive producer Tim Minear has stated that, while this season's tone might be lighter with more humor, the global themes of it will be "oppression of minorities of all kinds, and within that idea, minority groups going after each other and doing the work of the larger culture." He added, "While there is a strong feminist theme that runs throughout Coven, there are themes of race and themes of oppression, and themes of family – especially mothers and daughters."
In October 2016, Murphy stated that a future season of the show will feature a return/continuation of Coven. He stated that this is not the theme for season 7, but a later season. He also confirmed that Lady Gaga's character from Roanoke is the first Supreme. Later that month, Murphy announced that the season would be a Coven and Murder House crossover continuation. Merging stories, themes and characters. He also stated that he had begun reaching out to actors from both seasons to reprise their respective roles. In 2018, Murphy announced the eight season, Apocalypse, which would be the crossover season. Apocalypse follows the world after a nuclear holocaust, and the events leading up to the end of the world, principally, the witches' fight against Michael Langdon, the antichrist who was born in Murder House.
Series executive producers and co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk stated that, as with the second season, "many actors" would return for the third season in different roles. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson all confirmed their returns. Murphy added that Lange would portray a "real glamour-cat lady", whose name was later revealed to be Fiona Goode. Paulson said in an interview that her character would "definitely [be] different [to her season two character]." She added, "Basically, she's going to look different, and my relationship to Lange is going to be quite different this time. At the beginning of last season, no one knew that Lana would be the hero, so it's possible I could end up the evil one this year. As of right now, there will be some of Lana Winters' qualities in my character, but I don't know for sure." Taissa Farmiga, who played a lead role in the first season, starred as Zoe Benson, a character involved in a prominent romance with Peters' character. Lily Rabe and Frances Conroy portrayed series regulars Misty Day and Myrtle Snow, respectively. Kathy Bates co-starred as Delphine LaLaurie, an evil woman from the past who tortures her slaves. Murphy stated that Bates' character would be "five times worse than [her] Misery character" and is also inspired by a "true event". It was reported on May 22, 2013 that Emma Roberts would co-star as Madison Montgomery, a difficult Hollywood starlet.
In May 2013, Murphy announced via Twitter that Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone had joined the cast. Bassett later confirmed she would be playing voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau. In an interview, LuPone said that her character, Joan Ramsey, would not be a witch but "the personification of the religious right, 'like Piper Laurie in Carrie.'" Gabourey Sidibe appeared in 12 episodes of the season portraying Queenie, a young witch, whose prominent ability allows her to become a human voodoo doll. First season actress Jamie Brewer recurred as Nan, a young witch who is clairvoyant.
In July and August 2013, Murphy announced through Twitter that Murder House actors Denis O'Hare and Alexandra Breckenridge had joined the cast in unknown roles, later known as Spalding and Kaylee, respectively. Also in August, Murphy announced that Christine Ebersole would be playing a "Glinda the Good Witch-type of gal", who is Fiona's predecessor. In an interview, Jessica Lange revealed that Mare Winningham had joined the cast as Peters' character's mother, Alicia Spencer. Leslie Jordan announced that he had joined the cast as Quentin Fleming, a high-ranking witch. In September 2013, Alexander Dreymon was cast in the role of Luke Ramsey. Described as "the handsome young man who moves in next door to the Academy". Danny Huston, Josh Hamilton, and Lance Reddick all recurred throughout the season as the Axeman, Hank Foxx, and Papa Legba, respectively. Murphy also invited singer Stevie Nicks to be a part of the season. She appeared in two episodes, "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks" and "The Seven Wonders".
Principal photography for the season began on July 23, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The casting call reads, "After two seasons shooting in Los Angeles, the series moves to [New Orleans] for its third season. Filming begins July 23, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana and [will be] completed on January 17, 2014." Despite Ryan Murphy stating that the third season would take place in multiple cities, New Orleans is the primary setting of the third installment.
American Horror Story: Coven has received positive reviews with some considering it to be the best season of the series. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.24/10, based on 35 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest." The season scored 71 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 24 reviews.
In contrast, Coven was also met with negative reviews from some critics. The A.V. Club gave the season a low rating of D+, with critic Emily VanDerWerff remarking, "It lurched drunkenly from idea to idea, never settling on one long enough to build anything of worth."
In their post-season reviews, The Michigan Daily gave Coven a B+, saying, "And while its conclusion, appropriately titled "The Seven Wonders", never quite matched the high standard it set for itself throughout the season, Coven's reputation will nonetheless remain a solid one." Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the season a B rating and said, "I can't deny my experience: Week to week, the excesses of Coven were wickedly amusing. Next year, I hope American Horror Story can be more than that, and with less."
Awards and nominationsEdit
In its third season, the series was nominated for 74 awards, 14 of which were won.
|2013||IGN's Best of 2013: TV||Best TV Horror Series||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|2014||4th Critics' Choice TV Awards||Best Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Kathy Bates||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Jessica Lange||Won|
|5th Dorian Awards||TV Performance of the Year – Actress||Won|
|TV Drama of the Year||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|Campy TV Show of the Year||Won|
|66th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Miniseries||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (for "Bitchcraft")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (for "Bitchcraft")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Kathy Bates||Won|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Sarah Paulson||Nominated|
|66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special||Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Meagan Lewis||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Lou Eyrich, Elizabeth Macey, Ken Van Duyne (for "Bitchcraft")||Won|
|Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Monte C. Haught, Michelle Ceglia, Yolanda Mercadel, Daina Daigle||Won|
|Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Eryn Krueger Mekash, Kim Ayers, Vicki Vacca, Mike Mekash, Christopher Nelson, Lucy O'Reilly||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special||James S. Levine (for "The Seven Wonders")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Eryn Krueger Mekash, Mike Mekash, Christien Tinsley, Jason Hamer, Christopher Nelson, David L. Anderson, Cristina Patterson, Rob Freitas||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Gary Megregian, David Klotz, Timothy A. Cleveland, Paul Diller, Brian Thomas Nist, Steve M. Stuhr, Lance Wiseman, Noel Vought (for "Fearful Pranks Ensue")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie||Bruce Litecky, Joe Earle, Doug Andham (for "Fearful Pranks Ensue")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries or a Movie||Mark Worthington, Andrew Murdock, Ellen Brill||Nominated|
|71st Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Film||Jessica Lange||Nominated|
|Best Miniseries or TV Film||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing in TV – Short Form: Dialogue & ADR||Episode: "Bitchcraft"||Nominated|
|45th NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special||Gabourey Sidibe||Nominated|
|18th Online Film & TV Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Jessica Lange||Nominated|
|Best Miniseries||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Music in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Editing in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Production Design in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best Makeup/Hairstyling in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best Sound in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best New Titles Sequence||Nominated|
|40th People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries||Won|
|18th Satellite Awards||Best TV Series – Genre||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Film||Jessica Lange||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or TV Film||Kathy Bates||Nominated|
|40th Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress on TV||Nominated|
|Best Guest Starring Role on TV||Danny Huston||Nominated|
|Best Syndicated/Cable TV Series||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|Best Actress on TV||Jessica Lange||Nominated|
|20th Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|30th TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|54th Golden Nymph Awards||Best Actress in a Miniseries||Jessica Lange||Nominated|
|18th ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards||TV Movie or Miniseries||Mark Worthington (for "Bitchcraft")||Nominated|
|35th Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 11–13||Toby Nichols||Nominated|
|BET Awards 2014||Best Actress||Angela Bassett||Nominated|
|50th CAS Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – TV Movie or Miniseries||Bruce Litecky, CAS (Production Mixer)
Joe Earle, CAS (Re-recording Mixer)
Doug Andham, CAS (Re-recording Mixer)
James S. Levine (Scoring Mixer)
Judah Getz (ADR Mixer)
Kyle Billingsley (Foley Mixer) (for "The Replacements")
|16th CDG Awards||Outstanding Made for TV Movie or Miniseries||Lou Eyrich||Nominated|
|Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards 2014||Miniseries or TV Movie Period and/or Character Make-up||Eryn Krueger Mekash, Christien Tinsley||Nominated|
|Miniseries or TV Movie Period and/or Character Hair Styling||Monte C. Haught||Nominated|
|51st ICG Publicists Awards||Maxwell Weinberg Campaign Award – TV||Matthew Mitchell||Won|
|TV Guide Awards 2012||Favorite Horror Show||American Horror Story: Coven||Nominated|
|Women's Image Network Awards 2014||MFT Movie/Miniseries||Won|
|Actress MFT Movie/Miniseries||Emma Roberts (for "The Dead")||Nominated|
|2015||26th PGA Awards||Outstanding Producer of Long-Form TV||Brad Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Joseph Incaprera, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, James Wong (also for Freak Show)||Nominated|
|30th Artios Awards||TV Movie or Miniseries||Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Eric Souliere (Associate)||Nominated|
|Bram Stoker Award 2014||Superior Achievement in a Screenplay||James Wong (for "The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks")||Nominated|
Coven's premiere episode, "Bitchcraft", was watched by 5.54 million viewers, which, at the time, was the highest total viewers of any American Horror Story episode. It was surpassed by the fourth season's premiere, "Monsters Among Us", which received 6.13 million viewers during its broadcast. The ratings slipped for the second episode, delivering 4.51 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 – down 17% from the premiere. The rest of the season's episodes remained relatively steady in ratings; the episode with the lowest viewing numbers was the penultimate episode, "Go to Hell".
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