'American Horror Story Asylum' finale recap, 'Madness Ends'

  • Lana visits Kit after the demise of Briarcliff to inquire about Jude's whereabouts. Kit tells her of Jude's recovery and how she had an enjoyable last six months of life.
Lana visits Kit after the demise of Briarcliff to inquire about… (FX )
January 24, 2013|By Zach Sparks

After a season of blood-curdling thrills set in the 1960s, we've come full circle to modern times. Now we can all sleep easy for a few months.

Unlike the Season 1 finale where viewers were left on a cliffhanger, the show's writers tied this season up with a nice little bow (and no, killer Santa Lee Emerson won't be delivering this present).

There is one person in the giving spirit however, and it's not Lana Winters (unless you count death as a gift). By the time the self-obsessed journalist arrives at Briarcliff to film her expose, Sister Jude has already been released from the asylum under the care of Kit.

It takes time for Jude to detox and not chase Kit's children around the house with a broom while making threats, but eventually Jude regains her sanity and teaches the kids various dances and how to sew.

I never took Jude for the Mary Poppins type, but she finds happiness caring for the children in the Walker household.

Lana's TV special does manage to get Briarcliff shut down. Her next investigative piece focuses on the former monsignor, Timothy Howard, but the Cardinal of New York slits his wrists after Lana confronts him, knowing he will face criticism for Briarcliff's history.

"I've got broad shoulders, but I can't take credit for what his guilty conscious made him do," Lana says. 

With the deaths of Dr. Thredson, Wendy and Timothy Howard, it seems like Lana gets everyone around her killed, except for the one person she wanted to kill the most: Johnny Morgan aka the son of Bloody Face.

Back in present day, Lana might have the chance to finish what her coat hanger couldn't nearly 50 years ago.

As Johnny hides behind the set of an interview at Lana's house, the stage is set for the likes of a mother-son reunion that not even Maury Povich could handle.

More on that later ...

Happy days

Lana visits Kit after the demise of Briarcliff to inquire about Jude's whereabouts. Kit tells her of Jude's recovery and how she had an enjoyable last six months of life.

"I don't know if those last six months made up for a lifetime of horrors, but she sure seemed happy."

Eventually Jude's health caught up to her, but not before she could impart some wisdom on the Walker children.

"Julia, don't you ever let a man tell you who you are, or make you feel like you are less than he is. It's 1970 and you can do whatever you want.

"Thomas, don't pick your nose. And never take a job just for the money. Find something that you love."

The Angel of Death finally claims Jude with a kiss and with that smooch, she nearly ties John Barrymore for the all-time record of on-screen kisses.

One victim the angel doesn't get to claim is Kit. He remarries and develops pancreatic cancer around age 40. Then he disappears, courtesy of the aliens.

Kit just might be the first alien abductee that doesn't return naked or pregnant. But that's just a hunch. 

Dirty little secret

Back in present day, Lana tells her interviewer, April, that she doesn't want to discuss Bloody Face.

"He's become a household name. Like some kind of Heath Ledger Hollywood-style movie villain. He was an evil monster ... I refuse to give him one more second of air time."

Eventually Lana softens up and admits that she has a 40-year secret to confess.

"Lies are like scars on your soul. They destroy you." 

Of course we already know what this secret is and so does the subject -- Johnny -- who's hiding behind the scenes chowing on a baguette.

What we didn't know is that Lana visited Johnny once when he was in grade school. Winters intervened as Johnny was getting bullied on the playground.

"You know he's the asshole, right?" she asked as she picked Johnny's glasses up off the ground.

"Yeah I know." 

That's as much information as Lana gives April, but she has more to say to Johnny once the cameras leave.

"Can I pour you a drink? Why don't you come out now. ... Let's get this over with, shall we?"

Here comes Johnny

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