American Horror Story Asylum in Two Minutes (Episode: Madness Ends)

It’s time to recap the season finale. I’m not sure what I thought of it. I guess I liked it, but then I didn’t. But the more I think about it, the more I liked it. I’m so conflicted. Let’s go with, I liked it.

The show opens four months ago where the season premiere started – with Maroon 5 and Mrs. Channing Tatum on their honeymoon in the asylum. Only, this time we see what’s going on from Dylan McDermott’s viewpoint. He’s listening to the audio version of Lana’s book and hating on her for not wanting him while sitting in a creepy chair.

Then all the same stuff still happens. Maroon 5 gets his arm cut off blah, blah, blah. No surprises. Not sure of the point to this opening because it didn’t tell us anything new. Maybe to bring things full circle? Or give Adam Levine more screen time? Either way, I didn’t see the point.

Now we’re in present time and Lana is being interviewed in her home for the Kennedy Center Honor.

She has a girlfriend (Joan Severance, from all those booby movies back in the day! Anyone?) and a huge house with lots of money that she made from being an investigative reporter on a popular TV series.

During the interview, Lana tells the story of what happened to everyone at the asylum, which we see in flashbacks. First, we start with Sister Jude.

Lana talks about the exposé of the asylum she filmed.

The conditions got even more deplorable to the point where the patients were neglected and diseased. Her exposé finally shut it down. While she was there making the film (without permission), she made an attempt to get Jude out, but she was already gone.

Lana takes a short break from giving the interview and asks one of the PA’s for a sparkling water. That’s when Dylan McDermott (aka, Son of Bloody Face) shows up and hands her one. Oh snap. He’s in the house. I don’t have a picture of that, so enjoy this one instead.

Definitely better than a screen cap from the show. Meow!

Ok, back to the interview. Lana explains how she found out, after the exposé, that Jude was released into Kit’s custody. So, she went to his house to inquire about her.

Kit invites her in and tells her the story of how he went back for her.

After Alma died, Kit began visiting Jude once or twice a week. He could see that she was still there behind all the crazy and he knew she didn’t belong at Briarcliff any more than he did. Eventually, he brought her to his house. He thought that if he forgave Jude, that he could finally leave what happened at Briarcliff behind and focus on being a better father to the kids.

So, for six months, Jude stayed with Kit and led a happy life. She became close with Kit and especially his kids, until one day she was ready for the angel of death to take her.

Kit eventually remarried. One of his children became a law professor at Harvard and another a neurosurgeon.  When Kit was 40, he developed pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. His days were numbered, but one day, he just disappeared without a trace and no one knows what happened to him.

That’s right. Aliens took him. And his alien babies are geniuses.

Also, I thought for a long time whether to use that lame probe joke or not and I’m still not sure I made the right decision. Smile

Once the asylum was shut down, the Monsignor was so distraught about the allegations that were about to befall him from the corruption he was a part of that he killed himself.

During the interview, Lana also admitted that she lied in her book about her baby dying. She actually gave him up for adoption, and for awhile she regretted that decision but ultimately knew that he had a better chance of being loved in another family since she could never love him.

When Lana finishes the interview, everyone leaves, but Dylan McDermott is still hiding out in the house eating delicious donuts (pretty sure it was an eclair, not that I would notice a detail like that). Lana knows he’s still in her house and that he’s her son.

Lana tells him that she always knew their meeting would happen one day. Then Johnny (I don’t think I knew his name until this episode) holds Lana at gunpoint, while he whines about how she never loved him. He idolizes his father and he’s pissed that Lana went on with her successful life without him.

Lana convinces him that his father was a monster and that he’s nothing like him, that he’s a better man, and that she gave him up so he would have a better life. She gets him to put down his gun and Johnny starts crying because he’s hurt so many people. He also calls her mom while he’s crying, which I kinda thought was cute. I know he’s a serial killer, but whatevs. It was cute, dammit.

While his guard is down, Lana shoots him in the head.

And there you have it. Lana is the only survivor of the season.

At the very end, we see a flashback to the first episode when Lana and Sister Jude first met at the asylum.


Alright, so what did you think? Is season 1 or 2 better? How’d you like how everything turned out?

Season 2 recaps: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9, Episode 10, Episode 11, Episode 12


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7 responses to “American Horror Story Asylum in Two Minutes (Episode: Madness Ends)

  1. Michelle

    Gah. I’m glad you recap because I couldn’t bring myself to watch the last few episodes. Ryan Murphy is great on concept but not so hot on execution and endings. (although I do think that last year’s Violet reveal was better then anything he did in the last few this year.) overall I thought the show started better but rapidly faded into meh.

    • Paula

      I thought the last 4 episodes or so seemed super accelerated, which was a little strange at first. Did you ever watch Nip/Tuck? I loved that show so much, therefore I love Ryan Murphy forever. 🙂

      • Michelle

        Yes, LOVED Nip/Tuck for so long but had a lot of the same issues with it – execution/ending towards the end of the series. It just always feels like he gets bored with his shows after a bit and doesn’t put the same level of effort into them. (Which makes me sad because I LOVE the new normal right now.)

  2. Ya, I am not sure I’m happy with the ending…lol…only way I’ve “watched” this is by reading your blog. I do appreciate your recap! 🙂 I probably will watch it…when I can in succession.

    • Paula

      There’s a lot more to it than I can ever write, but I thought it was good. I can’t think of any way else to end it that would make much sense. Plus, that’s basically a happy ending for this show. 🙂

      • No doubt I’m missing stuff, and I will most likely watch it when it’s on Netflix or some other means… 😉 I still very much appreciate your blog posts about it, as I loved the first season! 🙂

  3. Kat

    We quit watching the show once the one nun got Jude sent away and Adam Levin wasn’t there…..sigh…I just caught up on your recaps, so thank you! I DO agree that season 1 was the BOMB and this season was no where close…cool concept and ideas, but stupid story line.

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