Haunted by the past on 'American Horror Story'
January 17th, 2013
10:07 AM ET

Haunted by the past on 'American Horror Story'

Wednesday night's "American Horror Story: Asylum" focused on the four remaining central characters: Kit, Judy, Lana and Johnny.

The story was moved forward to 1967, as Kit lived a polygamist lifestyle with the two mothers of his children, Alma and Grace.

While Alma wanted to live in the present with her family, Grace was constantly sketching images of the aliens, obsessing over them.

One night, the aliens seemingly returned (but turned out to be headlights). Soon afterward, Alma confronted Grace over her obsessions, and reminded her that she had been married to Kit before any of this happened.

And so that night, axe murderer Grace was killed with an axe by Alma, who was later sent to Briarcliff.

We caught up with Judy, now going by the name Betty Drake in 1968. Her closest confidante was Pepper, and her new roommate looked exactly like Death.

Judy was hopeful that Monsignor Howard - now a cardinal - would live up to his word and set her free. But after she attacked her roommate, it was revealed that she was imagining Death and Pepper this whole time. Pepper had been dead for more than two years, and the Monsignor never promised her freedom.

Moving forward to 1969, Lana was a famous author, having told the true story of her time in the asylum. But it wasn't exactly true, and she imagined the ghost of Thredson reminding her of that fact.

Kit visited her at a book signing and told her the story of how Alma died in the asylum, which led to his discovering the very-much-alive Judy there. As Judy was the last living person, he suggested freeing her, but Lana refused (even though Judy was responsible for her freedom).

In the present day, Johnny threatened a book store owner to gain possession of one of the last remaining copies of his mother's book. After telling her how he would find his mother and kill her, she handed over the book.

So we're headed for a big confrontation in next week's finale, and I have a feeling that Kit won't give up in trying to save Judy.

It was interesting to see where these characters ended up years later, and I'm curious to see how it will all tie together. (Though it looks like the aliens may be one of those things that just goes unexplained.)

What about you? Share your thoughts on the episode on video, or comment below.


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    February 19, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Do not feed anymore comments to CNN

    thanks.

    January 19, 2013 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
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    January 19, 2013 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. mommie&daddy

    no rush...goal for peace-thanks

    January 18, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. J-swizzy

    My bestfriend who I'm practically in love with :( loves this show and her favorite is Jessica Lange :D

    January 18, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. mindcrime

    Terrible show where every episode "pays homage" to horror writers who've done it better.

    Leave it to the pros, AHS.

    January 18, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. LoveLange

    I have long believed that if Meryl Streep never existed, her iconic moniker of the greatest american actress would have been taken by Jessica Lange. Jessica is better.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Jessica Lange – a great American actress who deserves more acclaim than she has ever received. Watch some of her phenomenal films including, "Frances", "Grey Gardens", "Cousin Bette", "Tootsie", Losing Isaiah", "Sweet Dreams" (in which she portray country legend Patsy Cline), "Blue Sky", the remake of "Sybil" and of course, "American Horror Story" seasons 1 and 2.

      January 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. aj...

    haaaaa

    January 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. koop this...

    go nikki go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bk

    "One night, the aliens returned and soon afterward, Alma confronted Grace over her obsessions, and reminded her that she had been married to Kit before any of this happened."
    From what I saw, it seemed like it was just headlights, but Alma thought it was the aliens and that's why she was terrified. We saw the truck driving away from the house and that's why Kit called the police.

    "Judy was hopeful that Monsignor Howard – now a cardinal – would live up to his word and set her free. But after she attacked her roommate, it was revealed that she was imagining Death and Pepper this whole time. Pepper had been dead for more than two years, and the Monsignor never promised her freedom."
    From this, I assumed all of those things had happened, but that her reasoning of time was just off. He'd told her this before he left, but then never came back. Otherwise, how would she know he had become Cardinal of New York? The new head of Briarcliff, Miranda Crump, told Judy she'd had many roommates over the last few months, so I assumed the woman who looked like Death was actually there, Judy just missed another chunk of time in her memory.

    January 17, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • iekoop

      Thank you Bk for clarifying this horribly written article. As I was reading this, I too wanted to post a comment fixing the mistakes the author made about the show last night. I sometimes wonder if they watched the same show!!

      January 17, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMexican

      What iekoop said. Thank you for correcting this awful article.

      This is the worst recap I've ever read! It's not only full of holes but the information it does have is wrong!

      January 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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    horrible photo..

    January 17, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. 1st!

    : )

    January 17, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |

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