January 29, 2014 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Horror Story's' Sarah Paulson: 'Coven' Will Come Full Circle
Will Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) be the next Supreme on American Horror Story: Coven?
Heading into Wednesday's season finale, the entire coven is poised to perform the Seven Wonders in a bid to name Fiona's (Jessica Lange) successor as the guardian of their bizarre "family."
The big test for newly returned Misty (Lily Rabe), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) and Madison (Emma Roberts) comes after Cordelia, in an act of selfless bravery, took out both of her eyes to regain a second sight in an effort to protect the coven.
"This season is still really about mothers and daughters and what it means to be a parent and to be a child and come into your own and own your own power as a human," Paulson tells The Hollywood Reporter of what's ahead in the final Coven installment before AHS resets itself for a brand-new fourth season.
Indeed. When Coven opened, Cordelia and Fiona could not have been more different. It started out as a story about Fiona looking to protect her position as Supreme by any means necessary, including killing the increasingly powerful members of her own Coven. Cordelia, on the other hand, opened the season as the meek headmistress at Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies who has come into her own over the course of the story, learning and accepting the truth about not only her mother, but her (late) husband, as well.
"There's a similarity in terms of coming full circle," Paulson says of how the final installment in Coven compares to the jam-packed ending of AHS: Asylum.
Paulson's aspiring reporter Lana ultimately was Asylum's only survivor, jumping multiple decades to a present-day setting where she's not only made it as a reporter, but is living happily out of the closet having exposed Briarcliff for all its horrors.
"Coven comes to the end of something that feels complete and in line what the story has been thus far," Paulson says, noting Cordelia has more to do in the finale than she's had to do the entire season. "This show, as a whole, is a bit lighter than last year. That's been fun to do something different, and it's brought a whole new group of fans to the show."
The American Horror Story: Coven season finale airs on Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX. Check out a clip from the finale below.