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Watch The Opening Credits For 'American Horror Story: Coven' + Marie Laveau Teases

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 25, 2013 6:26 PM
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The opening credits for the previous 2 seasons of of FX's American Horror Story were fun. A sufficiently creepy collage of both still and moving images, with an eerie musical overlay and sound effects. 

Via Twitter earlier today, show co-creator Ryan Murphy shared what will be the opening credits for the series' upcoming third season, adding that the sequence includes clues to how the new season's narrative will progress. See if you can spot them.

Although names noticeably absent from the opening credit sequence are Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe. I expected to, at least, see Bassett's name, given that she's one of the leads this season. I suppose she'll likely receive something like a "special guest star" credit.

Expectations are even higher for American Horror Story: Coven, which will explore "themes of race and oppression and family — especially mothers and daughters — along with laughs and scares and a few tears," as executive producer Tim Minear puts it.

Here's a breakdown if you missed it previously:

American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona, the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

Angela Bassett plays Marie Laveau - a practioner of voodoo in the 1800s who was called "the voodoo queen of New Orleans" and, according to folklore, danced with a snake and presided over bloody rituals.

The new season arrives on October 9 at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.

You'll find the opening credit sequence below, followed by 2 short teasers featuring Bassett's Laveau character.

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  • Tony | September 26, 2013 3:06 AMReply

    Absolutely loved the opening credits as they were super creepy. The music and the imagery gave a Blair Witch vibe. Season One was pretty fascinating but began to wear my patience but the haunted house plot kept my attention once the genius that is Ryan Murphy let slip that each season would be entirely different. Season Two Asylum was insanely nuts or from what I saw of it as I saw the first five or seven episodes but I will say I was hooked. There was Aliens, Nazi Mad Scientists, Monsters, and Lesbians all under one roof. I need to see the rest of this one. And Britne Oldford who killed it in the short lived show Skins or rather the american MTV remake. She played a negro wife to a white gas station pumper but then he awakens to possible aliens, a dead wife and a trip straight to the Asylum. Gosh darn you Ryan Murphy... can't wait.

  • Accidental Visitor | September 26, 2013 1:38 AMReply

    I feel like I should rush to church after viewing that opening.

  • Akimbo | September 25, 2013 8:41 PMReply

    Not being in the opening credits typically means you're not a series regular, unless they do the "Also Starring" during the show like The Office and Parks did/does. Maybe both actresses opted to be recurring guest stars to keep their options open for other opportunities. Or maybe with Kathy Bates getting the "with" and Jessica Lange getting the "and" Angela didn't feel like there was a respectable place for her in the titles.

    We'll see on October 9th!

  • Dang. | September 25, 2013 7:13 PMReply

    Kinda wish one of my girls names would have been in the opeing credits. (Gabourey Sidibe-Angelea Bassett) Oh well. Still going to be a good season I feel!

  • Roberto | September 26, 2013 11:13 AM

    Yeah i was wondering the same thing, hopefully these credits arent final

  • Amari | September 25, 2013 6:39 PMReply

    Angela Basset's role must be small if she isn't mentioned in the opening. Also, anyone else creeped out by the KKK like hoods?

  • sab | September 27, 2013 4:24 AM

    Nah. If anything the black hoodies were just about as creepy. I can't help but think about that sequence in Django Unchained when the klansmen couldn't even see out of their eyeholes while they were riding around...

  • Valerie | September 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    I thought the same thing but aren't some Klan leaders are called wizards? Idk.

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