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Who Survived American Horror Story's Asylum — and Why?
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Who Survived American Horror Story's Asylum — and Why?

Jan 23 2013, 10:19pm CST | by

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the second season finale of American Horror Story: Asylum. Read at your own risk.] Lana survived long enough to kill her own son. Kit ended up with...

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Who Survived American Horror Story's Asylum — and Why?

Jan 23 2013, 10:19pm CST | by

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[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the second season finale of American Horror Story: Asylum. Read at your own risk.]

Lana survived long enough to kill her own son. Kit ended up with the aliens. Sister Jude died happy and lucid. That, in a nutshell, is the most simplistic way to explain how American Horror Story: Asylum capped off its second season. Funny how easy that is considering how utterly confusing the preceding 12 episodes were.

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In the final episode of the anthology series' second season, Lana (Sarah Paulson) finally exposed Briarcliff — in an ode to Geraldo Rivera's 1972 documentary that boosted his career — and all those involved in the flagrant abuse of the mental health system, including then Cardinal Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes), who took the easy way out by slitting his wrists.

However, ultimately saving Jude (Jessica Lange) fell on Kit's (Evan Peters) shoulders. Jude ended up living a happy, albeit difficult life with his family as she struggled with sanity, but once Kit's (alien) children brought her out into the forest, she was finally sane again and lived long enough to kiss the Angel of Death (Frances Conroy) on her own terms. The same couldn't be said for Kit, however, who, near death because of pancreatic cancer, was taken by the aliens.

But Asylum's story was always focused on Lana and whether or not she would survive — first the asylum, then Bloody Face and then, ultimately, her sociopathic son. Always the consummate survivor, Lana was able to talk Johnny (Dylan McDermott) down from shooting her in the face, but eventually turned the gun on him and took her shot.

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Despite all the confusing story lines — Nazis, aliens, the devil! — Lana's was the one through line executive producer Ryan Murphy saw from the beginning. "I always knew that she would survive," Murphy told reporters last week after a screening of the finale. "We knew we were going to have that character go in there, become a prisoner ... and go back to tear the joint down. That was the ending which we had from the very beginning. I know a lot of people were really furious with Lana after [the penultimate] episode because she left all those people there to rot. But I love that she goes back and I love that she does try, even after everything sister Jude had done, she does go back to get her and she does succeed in closing down that place. I thought it was a very heroic ending for her."

However, Murphy and the writers did consider — very briefly — ending the season on a very different note that would've linked the first two seasons together. "We were going to have Dylan win the showdown... and change his name to Ben Harmon," Murphy said of McDermott's Season 1 character.

Though Lana didn't appear to be the happiest of people in present day, Murphy insisted that most, if not all of the Asylum players did end up with a happy ending. "I don't know how people will react, but for me, I think Jude got a great happy ending," he said. "I know Jessica felt that. I know Kit got a strange, happy ending. It was very influenced by Richard Dreyfuss in the last scene of Close Encounters, where he takes off and probably lives forever. I always imagined that as a happy ending. And I think Lana having her Barbara Walters ending was great."

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"For me, Sarah was the great revelation of this season," Murphy continues. "I always thought [Lana] was the smartest cookie in the jar. That's how I told Sarah to play it. That you are the smartest person in the room. I liked that the hero of this season was a heroine. I like that she was a lesbian. I like that she had an arc to her sexuality. And I like that she got a happy ending. I like that she was in a loving, accepting relationship at the end. I loved all of that."

Still, as Murphy prepares for the third season, he does recognize some of the more polarizing story lines that fans had mixed reactions to this season. "I think I'm done with aliens," Murphy said with a laugh. "I thought the alien stuff was interesting because I thought it was so metaphoric because it was so take-it-or-leave-it. The thing that I thought people would not like was the Lily Rabe possessed by Satan, which was by far a great fan favorite of this year. But there will be no aliens [in Season 3]."

What will happen in Season 3? Check out Murphy's hints about the third season here.

What did you think of American Horror Story's second season? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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Here's Your First Look At The 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Cast

Aug 28 2014 3:04pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

This is CRAZY! Prepare yourself. The official cast art poster for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is here, and it gives us our first look at the actors in their freaky costumes. Kathy Bates is the bearded lady, Effel Darling, her ex-husband is Michael Chiklis as the strong man, Angela Bassett is Desiree Dupree, who from the looks of the poster has three breasts (although FX would not confirm), and Jessica Lange's Elsa Mars is in t ...
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4 days ago

American Horror Story Cast: First Look at the Freaks!

Aug 28 2014 12:11pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

The Freaks flag is officially flying for FX. The network has unveiled our first look at the cast of American Horror Story Season 4, which is titled “Freak Show” and which will bring back a number of series favorites. There's Kathy Bates with a beard! And Sarah Paulson with two heads! And Michael Chiklis as a strongman! Take a close look below at the actors and characters who will comprise the carnival at the center of Ryan Murphy's lates ...
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6 days ago

Emmys Worst Dressed List: The 2014 Award Show Saw Some Pretty Dissapointing Looks

Aug 25 2014 8:36pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Don't get us wrong, there were tons of amazing dresses at the 2014 Emmy Awards -- but there were also quite a few doozies. From the overly frouffy gowns (we're looking at you Lena Dunham and Sarah Paulson), to the outfits that looked like prom dresses gone wrong (ahem, Zooey Deschanel), there were a few ensembles we wish we could unsee. Check out the worst dressed stars of the night and let us k ...
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American Horror Story: Freak Show Announces Premiere Date, Official Synopsis

Aug 20 2014 5:15pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Prepare yourselves, FX Fanatics. The Freaks are coming. The network has announced that American Horror Story Season 4 - dubbed "American Horror Story: Freak Show" - will premiere on Wednesday, October 8 at 10/9c. American Horror Story Seasons: Choose Your Favorite! 1. Murder House American Horror Story welcomed fans to the Murder House on Season 1. It made us scared to move to Los ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Just Got Its First Teaser & Premiere Date

Aug 20 2014 4:42pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The first official teaser trailer for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is finally here, and this time it's real. Ryan Murphy tweeted the 10-second teaser for the upcoming Season 4 of the horror anthology series on Wednesday, Aug. 20. There's much less footage than in the fake teaser that fooled us all back in July, but it's still creepy as hell. Get your tickets now for the Freak Show. Coming in ...
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2 weeks ago

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Adds World's Smallest Woman To Cast

Aug 14 2014 8:04am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The latest casting news for Ryan Murphy's upcoming "American Horror Story: Freak Show" includes the world's smallest woman. On Wednesday night, Aug. 13, Murphy tweeted the news introducing Jyoti Amge as the latest cast member. Jessica and our newest cast member Jyoti Amge...the world's smallest woman. pic.twitter.com/SIPhd4V0pQ— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 13, 2014 The 20-year- ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Adds Patti LaBelle And We're All Over The Rainbow

Aug 12 2014 12:49pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Producers have already called "American Horror Story: Freak Show" the series' "best season" yet, and now it's getting even better. Music legend Patti LaBelle has reportedly signed on for a four-episode arc on the show, according to TVLine. LaBelle will play the mother of Gabourey Sidibe's character and is set to uncover the mystery of Twisty the clown killer. The newest season of "AHS ...
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3 weeks ago

Sarah Paulson Drank Tequila To Get Through That 'AHS' Snake Sex Scene

Aug 7 2014 11:19am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

There are a lot of freaky things actors must endure while making "American Horror Story," with its many ghostly, demonic and witchy elements. While visiting "Late Night" on Wednesday, Aug. 6, "AHS" star Sarah Paulson shared one of the most difficult scenes she's had to shoot for the series: being surrounded by snakes during a sex scene. In "Coven," Paulson's Coredelia uses a magical fertility spell in whic ...
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5 weeks ago

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Promises 'The Best Season So Far'

Jul 28 2014 12:44pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

It's hard to imagine how "American Horror Story" could top its past three seasons when it comes to scaring the hell out of viewers, but according to the cast and producers, that's exactly what they've done with "Freak Show." The FX series hit up Comic Con last week to tease frightening new players and spill some secrets from the set, including the names of the main characters of Season 4. While we ...
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5 weeks ago

American Horror Story Freak Show Characters: Revealed!

Jul 27 2014 9:42am CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

At the Comic-Con panel for American Horror Story: Freak Show yesterday, executive producer Tim Minear promised the "best season" yet of this beloved FX drama. He also revealed that it’s the program's “scariest creation so far" will be the carnival's main monster - and it will be played by John Carroll Lynch. As for the characters who will make up this freaky circus, set in 1950s Florida and portrayed by a ...
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