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Snap Judgment: 'American Horror Story: Coven,' Ep. 1 recap 'Bitchcraft'

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

RedEye

7:32 PM CDT, October 16, 2013

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You know the new season of "American Horror Story" has kicked off when Kathy Bates rubs human blood on her face—and makes a minotaur out of a man.

This is the season of the witch for Ryan Murphy and company. They're calling it "Coven" and opened with "Bitchcraft," which is kind of the perfect title for an episode that introduces us to Bates' Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie, Jessica Lange's Supreme witch Fiona Goode and Angela Bassett's vengeful voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.

"Bitchcraft" introduced us to loads of characters, so it was a little difficult to keep up.

There's also Fiona's daughter, Cordelia, who runs the Hogwarts-like witch school Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. She kind of rejects her magic, but still wants to help her novice witch students: