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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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Jessica Lange's Lana Del Rey Song From 'American Horror Story' Leaks Online

Oct 21 2014 9:36am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The following post contains spoilers about "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Ryan Murphy teased "American Horror Story" fans on Twitter last month by revealing Jessica Lange would cover a Lana Del Rey song in "Freak Show." Now we finally know which one. The fourth season's purposefully anachronistic musical numbers have, so far, included Jessica Lange's Elsa Mars singing a magical rendition of David Bowie's "Life On Mars ...
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American Horror Story Promo: Welcome to The Freak Show

Oct 9 2014 2:45pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

We met a few of the Freaks on American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 1. There was Kathy Bates as a bearded lady named Ethel. There was Evan Peters as a disfigured biker with certain skills in the bedroom. And there was Sarah Paulson, incredibly playing both halves of conjoined twins named Dot and Bette. But the following extended trailer makes it clear that there are plenty more carnival performers to come, from a strong man to a fortune teller to a hermaphrodite with ...
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American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Monsters Among Us

Oct 8 2014 10:37pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

When I woke up this morning, I wasn't afraid of clowns. Now, as I think about going to sleep tonight, I'm terrified of them.  I didn't expect American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere to be the most frightening of the anthology series. It was more bone chilling than I remember any of the previous ones. It was the clown! Though, the killer Siamese twins and the angry Jimmy Darling didn't help either. ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Premiere Recap: It's A Circus, All Right

Oct 8 2014 10:30pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

*** WARNING: Contains spoilers! Please do not read on unless you've seen the premiere episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," titled "Monsters Among Us." Or if you don't mind spoilers, go right ahead! *** You know what they say: Florida is where the weirdest things happen. That certainly seems to be the case on "American Horror Story: Freak Show"; the premiere was all sorts of bats**t c ...
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4 Shocking Moments From The 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Premiere

Oct 8 2014 5:33pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" finally debuted on Wednesday night, and it was full of all the creepy, sexual madness we expected. While we knew a decent amount about the new season before it premiered, the first episode, "Monsters Among Us," still managed to surprise. For instance, while we knew Evan Peters' character had lobster hands on the show, we did not expect him to do that with them. There was more, too. ...
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American Horror Story Freak Show Preview: Entering the Gates of Hell

Oct 1 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

FX has released a new, extended, freaky trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show. Largely told from the point of view of Sarah Paulson's two-headed character (one named Bette, the other named Dot), the preview takes us under the tent of Ryan Murphy’s latest creation. It will be set in Florida in the 1950s and center on a number of freaks performers who must deal with low attendance numbers at their carnival, along with harassing local residents that seek ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Trailer Reveals First Freaky Footage

Oct 1 2014 8:16am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Prepare to freak out. "American Horror Story: Freak Show" unveiled the first footage from Season 4 of the series in a new trailer, and things definitely get, well, freaky. The trailer showcases the different personalities of Sarah Paulson's two heads, the return of Pepper and the first look at Twisty the Clown, a character co-creator Ryan Murphy thought was too scary. In addition to the release of the trailer, Murphy recently took t ...
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Skyler Samuels Joins American Horror Story: Freak Show Cast

Sep 17 2014 5:52am CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Welcome to The Freak Show, Skyler Samuels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Nine Lives of Chloe King actress will appear on multiple episodes of American Horror Story Season 4 as “a local who finds herself in a tough situation.” That's all we know at the moment. About King's character, that is. But American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere on October 8 and track ...
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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 E ...
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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 latest creation: ...
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