End of the asylum on 'American Horror Story'
January 24th, 2013
10:45 AM ET

End of the asylum on 'American Horror Story'

Well, it was definitely a season.

Wednesday night's finale of "American Horror Story: Asylum" (really, the last two episodes) served as an epic epilogue to the story of Briarcliff.

We saw the opening scene of the season in Johnny's eyes (though honestly, it wasn't all that necessary), and we saw what became of Lana up until the present day. She was a celebrated author and journalist, on the eve of receiving a Kennedy Center Honor.

She sat down for an interview and spoke about how she returned to the asylum, searching for Judy. She was too late, as Kit took her in years earlier.

He told her the story of how he saw traces of life left in her, despite how the asylum broke her down. His children soon saw her as their "Nana," and she whispered words of advice to them on her deathbed. She told the angel of death that she was finally ready to go.

Kit would get remarried, and then get pancreatic cancer years later, before he suddenly disappeared. (The aliens came for him, and no, we still don't know any more about them. But who knows, they could return next season.)

Lana told the reporter about cornering Monsignor Howard, who refused to speak to her and committed suicide shortly afterward.

At one point, they took a break, and the crew member bringing her water was Johnny. She recognized him right away but said nothing.

Lana confessed for the first time that Johnny didn't die at childbirth. He was adopted, and she visited him just once in school, never telling him who she was.

After the reporter left, Lana told Johnny he could come out. "Let's get this over with," she said.

She asked Johnny how he got on the crew, and he explained that he slit the throat of a crew member, having heard about the interview. He told her he was going to kill her, simply by shooting her in the head. (And this being Dylan McDermott, he more yelled that than said it.) He wanted her to pay for abandoning him, and he wanted his father to be proud of him.

She slowly talked him down: "It’s not your fault, baby. It’s mine."

She helped him lower the gun from her head, as he started to weep. She then took the gun, and shot him in the head.

She then remembered the moment she first met Sister Jude all those years ago. Jude told her, "If you look in the face of evil, evil's gonna look right back at you."

And that's it! Was it all a bit anticlimactic? Did it not make much sense which characters got a happy ending and which ones didn't? Yes and yes. But that's "American Horror Story."

I will say that Tim Minear's writing really helped this finale work. Many individual scenes were good, no doubt. And this was a vast improvement over the first season.

So we'll just have to see what the next installment has in store for us. We know we'll see Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters again (good), and quite possibly Taissa Farmiga from the first season. The rest is a mystery, but we're told the last few episodes contained clues to the next season.

So what are your thoughts on "Asylum" as a whole? Were you satisfied with the ending? Let us know on video or post a comment.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    I watched all episodes almost back to back via the internet and most of these comments say this season was hard to follow.. I don't know if most people who watch this show just have bad memories or are just plain old dense. Everything made sense, everything character was explained, maybe not explained in the best way but explained either way. I thought it was very good none the less. Ending was quite obvious but still enjoyed it.

    October 27, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Business

    You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

    March 6, 2013 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Erin

    We know that the seasons are not tied together, but the writer has said "the last 3 episodes will contain clues" I thought of Lana being just like Barbara Walters myself, the final episode all I could think of was Barbara! I did not get the clues though I think the record spinning said The Congress, but not sure! I loved this season, but I missed last season. Bring on Season 3!

    January 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fran

    Big fan of American Horror Story! Loved the first season then thought the 2nd season was just as good if not better, but after getting half thru the 2nd season It did get too confusing. 1st season was way better. Very disappointed with the last 3 episodes of this last season especially the ending...was so confused. What did it mean? Too many unanswered questions. Can't wait til next season.

    January 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jgasowski

    I thought the first season held together better, the second season a bit gruesome and more of x-factor. (aliens???)
    I did like the re-occuring cast members in other roles. (like old hollywood studios). Pepper was my favorite character overall. My favorite scene: the name-game...("lets do pepper!)

    January 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weezy

      Pepper was my fave also. Especially after she got all gangster on Dr. Arden and Thredson. Watched the "name game" scene several times just to see Pep get her groove on, LOL. Hope to see her next season.

      January 29, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. kay

    loved, loved the first season – used to have viewing parties...second season completely lost me as a viewer. way too graphic, violent, etc. hopefully next season will be more like the first

    January 25, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Was the point was the slasher horror story each season is a different horror theme can't all be ghost and hunted houses

      January 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. how was the party?

    did you see the delicious homemade pizza?

    January 25, 2013 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

    A happy ending with a unhappy season.I felt that I watch watching a writer a week,The only thing i could fiqure out was Biarcliff was pure evil in the true sense of the word,but, really this season felt chopy,and not as smooth as last years.Will I watch next season? Of course,but I know many who won't

    January 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • teree

      I couldnt agree more really liked the first season but the second was hard to follow i thought, still entertaining but very scattered...lil disappointed...

      January 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Couldn't agree more about the choppiness of the writing. I felt that the acting was great, and the story line really kept the audience guessing, however I feel that the last three episodes really got dicey.

      The ending also seemed as if there was another entire episode planned, but at the last minute they decided to just cram it into the last twenty minutes of the finale. Overall, I still think that the original AHS had a much more fluid story line, and plot twists. The second one just made me feel that they were only trying to find other ways to make people guess. Personally, I think they'd be better coming up with an amazing ending, and then working backward, or from the end and begging and fill in the blanks. I'm sure I'll hear a lot of disagreement, however with the season two ending, there wasn't much of the flair of the last season for the finale. I'm overall disappointed.

      January 30, 2013 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. is

    this the show that they have lot of s ex on?

    January 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. It disconnected awhile ago...

    now checking if gaga is back in.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. In honor of me being a loyal customer

    be at my house and i will show you how i was rewarded....

    January 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lauri

    Call me sick but im a grandmother of 2 and i LOVE this show

    January 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |


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    January 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. V¡xen

    I thought the ending was good. Bang..lol

    January 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jana

    I loved it. One thing I adore about AHS is that it is never predictable. WHen you think of how many shows have an almost 'paint by the numbers" approach to plotlines and characters, AHS is wonderfully unique in its willingness to veer off into any direction, to kill what seems to be a vital character without warning, and in the way it shades people beautifully. Very few people are 100% good or evil. Sister Jude can be at least redeemed enough to learn to love Kit's children and pass what she has learned onto them. Monsignor Tim Howard may be a coward but he truly believe's in the church's ability to make the world better. Lana WInters may have sold out to fame but at least accomplished some good in her pursuit of awards, and was able to develop loving relationships with other people-Kit, her Partner etc. Even Dr Arden truly mourned the loss of the one person he saw as good and pure in this world. You just don't get that from most shows on TV.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jerry

    Maybe the Aliens are the clues to next season and we finally get more of a detail on them?

    January 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AHS fan

      The seasons are not connected at all so I doubt it. Each season is a completely different story.

      January 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |



    January 24, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  19. Robert

    I thought it was a great ending to an uneven season. But one quibble: the Kennedy Center Honors are for the performing arts, not writers. Was this a careless gaffe, or some kind of clue/hint? And if so, to what?

    January 24, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Lana went on to have a successful television career, not unlike a Barbra Walters type and therefore would be considered to be in the performing arts.

      January 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Milessa

    I didn't watch it last night. We just recordeded it. My mom said we can't stay up that late on a school night. Friday she will get us a food frozen pizza and well watch it. It's fun.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |

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