In keeping with many fan criticisms of “Coven,” one Redditor pointed to the opening scene of the season premiere as being “unsettling.” The episode opens with real-life serial killer Madame Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) hosting a party in New Orleans, where she is punishing her calculated daughter for trying to seduce a Black houseman, who takes the brunt of the punishment.
The racist, sadistic socialite brings the man, Bastien, to the attic, where it’s revealed that she keeps slaves in a makeshift torture chamber. She cruelly mocks her abused captives, calling them “my pets” as they watch in horror while Bastien’s head is covered by a hollowed-out bull’s head. He whimpers while she says he’s to become a beast since he acted like one, citing her inspiration as the mythological Greek minotaur.
Fans agreed that the brutal, grotesque scene went too far, with u/AutomaticAttorney274 saying, “I almost didn’t watch the rest of the season after that.” They’re probably not the only one.