Series American Horror Story: Coven
Season 3, Episode 1
American Horror Story 3x01 001
Airdate October 9th, 2013 (US)
October 29th, 2013 (UK)
Writer Ryan Murphy; Brad Falchuk
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Producer Joseph Incaprera; Alexis Martin Woodall; Douglas Petrie; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; Jessica Sharzer; Bradley Buecker; James Wong; Jennifer Salt; Tim Minear; Dante Di Loreto; Brad Falchuk; Ryan Murphy; James Williams
Starring Sarah Paulson; Taissa Farmiga; Frances Conroy; Evan Peters; Lily Rabe; Emma Roberts; Denis O'Hare; Kathy Bates; Jessica Lange
Previous "Madness Ends"
Next "Boy Parts"

"Bitchcraft" is the first episode of season three of the horror-themed television series American Horror Story and the twenty-sixth episode of the series overall. It is chapter one in the "Coven" storyline. The episode was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 10:00 pm.

Synopsis Edit

Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the coven's deadly enemies, the Voodoo. [1]

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-MA.
  • Production code number: 3ATS01.
  • This episode had a special running time of 75 minutes.
  • Flashback scenes in this episode take place in the year 1834.
  • This is the first horror genre work for actor Ameer Baraka.
  • Delphine LaLaurie is the first character to appear in this season. She is also the first character with speaking lines.
  • Horses are the first creature to appear in this episode.
  • Charlie Taylor is the first character in this season to actually "die".

Allusions Edit

  • The song that Fiona Goode dances to while using drugs is "In a Gadda Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly.
  • Cordelia's line to Fiona, "Don't make me drop a house on you", is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy Gale's farmhouse landed in Oz on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, killing her.

Quotes Edit

  • Delphine LaLaurie: When the blood dries, my skin is supposed to be as tight as a drum. Just look at this waddle.


  • Delphine LaLaurie: Hush it up! Or I'll rip your lips open and stuff more shit in there.


  • Delphine LaLaurie: My great literacy began with Greek mythology... the minotaur was always my favorite.

See also Edit

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References Edit

  1. American Horror Story: Coven; DVD; "Bitchcraft"; liner notes.

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