Kathy Bates is killing it this season playing a demented sociopath on American Horror Story: Coven. Her character, Madame LaLaurie, is a complete bigot; she's clueless, racist, and outrageous. She's almost borderline likeable, especially after she apologizes to Queenie after saving her life. But maybe this is a problem. The characterization of Madame LaLaurie (who was a person who actually existed in 18th century New Orleans) is embodied demonically but perhaps not as demonic as the woman may have really been, considering she was practically the spawn of Satan back in her heyday.