Nothing is as it seems on American Horror Story: Asylum. That has been clear from the beginning. Though what was revealed on "I am Anne Frank, Pt. 2," was so out there that it redefined the word shocking.
Dr. Thredson sure had everyone fooled. He came across as the only sane one at Briarcliff. He presented himself as someone that cared about the patients and their treatment, but that was all a facade.
As unexpected as his reveal as Bloody Face was, it makes sense. He relished in his superiority over others, discounted everyone else at Briarcliff and manipulated people into doing what he wanted. Kit confessed, Lana trusted him and he convinced Sister Jude to do what he requested.
Poor Lana! She thought she was escaping the horrors of Briarcliff to follow her dream, instead she ended up someplace even more dreadful. Dr. Thredson is going to be an even worse nightmare than either Sister Jude or Dr. Arden. A skull for a mint bowl? Skin as a lamp shade? Freaky! Is he really going to torture her straight using her dead partner, Wendy? That will make his previous attempt seem like a fun adventure. How ironic that he appeared so compassionate then.
If Lana survives her time with Dr. Thredson, he is right about one thing: she very well may win a Pulitizer for telling his story. She just has to survive first!
The story of Anne Frank fell a little flat for me during the two hours, but the final reveal made it all worthwhile. Was she just a crazy mother that believed she was Anne Frank or was she really Anne Frank? Either way, her appearance introduced the idea of Dr. Arden as a Nazi and showed that people are not always who they seem to be. Anne Frank is now a mother named Charlotte, Dr. Thredson is a sociopath that murders women and makes lampshades out of their skin, and Sister Jude is a drunk and slut who formerly wore a nun outfit.
Dr. Arden's cure for Charlotte's post-partum psychosis was frightening. A lobotomy! She went from possibly delusional to the perfect mother and wife. The music and filming style of the Charlotte's past and present outside of Briarcliff was disconcerting. It had the feel of old-school B-movies with an eerie science fiction soundtrack. Neither really worked for me, since this was not an alien related story. Or could it have been?
On this show, I wouldn't doubt it. What we do know is that Grace was visited by the aliens and Kit's wife, Alma, seems to be alive and pregnant. What is going on with this? I have no clue, but it's a story I definitely want to know more about. It's being parceled out in minuscule pieces.
With all the tortured souls around her, Sister Jude may be one of the most damaged of them all. She ended up a nun to repent for her hit-and-run killing while drunk. As soon as she re-entered the real world, she started down a self-destructive path of drinking and being as easy as they come. Will she end up back at Briarcliff as a patient?
American Horror Story: Asylum has done a brilliant job of building up this depraved world and characters. Just as a few questions are answered, more complicated ones come up. The story has now moved outside of Briarcliff with Dr. Thredson and Lana in their own crazy world, Shelley left in the school yard, Kit arrested and Sister Jude doing ... something.
I wasn't sure if the second season could hold my attention as much as the first, but it definitely has done that. It's an entirely different story, but it is certainly creepy and full of mystery. I'm hooked!
Did you see the reveal of Dr. Thredson as Bloody Face coming? What do you want to see happen next at Briarcliff? Do you believe that Charlotte really is Anne Frank?