American Horror Story Review: Happily Ever After?

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Turns out, "Madness Ends" with a few happily ever afters.

There was a time when it looked like tragedy would befall everyone from Briarcliff, but hope prevailed at least for some. While the evils of Briarcliff were always with them, Lana, Kit and even Jude were able to find happiness.

Lana's Plan

Lana's successful career was both made and continued due to her experience at Briarcliff. The conversation between Lana had with Jude when she first inquired about covering Briarcliff was quite prophetic. 

She was driven to succeed and used the horror of her past and her investigative skills to continually move forward. She got Briarcliff closed down after finding the horrid conditions, she went after Cardinal Howard for his complicity in Dr. Arden's experiments and never forgot about the son that she gave up.

After all the horrors and lies that the former Monsignor was responsible for, he took the easy, but sinful way out. He killed himself rather than face the consequences for his actions. Even though he was long gone from Briarcliff, the institution ultimately killed him.

During the interview, Lana decided to come clean about her decision to give up her son. Initially, it appeared she wanted to set the record straight and clear her soul, but it was much more than that. She knew that Johnny was there watching and that he was a killer like his father.

Johnny's obsession with his dad and hatred for his mother made less sense after finding out that he did meet her once before. Lana sought him out as a child and showed that she cared in their brief encounter. Why wasn't that enough? The tape!

No child should have to hear such hatred from their mother. That sent Johnny on a murderous path and ultimately to his death. It was a fitting end for Lana to kill her son, just like she took out his father. 

Not all that came from Briarcliff was bad, though, there was happiness to be had as well. Lana had a successful career, found love again and a friendship with Kit. She waited too long to save Jude, but Kit was there to make that right.

After all that Jude did to Kit, it should have been a surprise that he would have saved her, but really it wasn't. Kit was a good man with a humongous heart. Jude may have only had six months, but she didn't die alone in Briarcliff. She had experienced the love of a family, being called Nana and dancing with Kit for real rather than only in her mind. When the Dark Angel came this time, she was ready to go with Kit by her side. 

Kit's life on earth was cut short, but he had the most to show for it. His heart was made for loving. He cared for his two children and was fortunate enough remarry again. His love and family not only healed Jude, but Lana too. His family became hers. Did the aliens target him because he was well-suited for love and forgiveness? Or did they give him those qualities? That will remain a mystery and live on through his two wonderful and successful children.

Lana was the last one standing.

Sister Jude: I do hope you know what you are in for. The loneliness, the heartbreak, the sacrifice you will face as a woman with a dream on her own.
Lana: You don't have any idea of what I'm capable of.
Sister Jude: Well, then, look at you, Ms. Lana Banana. Just remember if you look in the face of evil, evil's gonna look right back at you. | permalink

And, with that, the Asylum installment of the American Horror Story anthology came to a satisfying conclusion. Briarcliff tarnished the lives of everyone who entered its doors. While most died or were killed, a few persevered and had a happily ever after. 

Were you satisfied with the ending? Get the answers you were looking for? Glad that both Kit and Lana had happy endings?


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I didn't understood what sister jude meant by "just remember, if you look......right back at you." Can someone explain it to me please?

@ lauraaa

i think it was meant to highlight her mistake. because said to her son right before the flashback. "it's not your fault. it's mine." meaning by looking for evil, instead of leaving, she brought everything on herself.


This season started off SOOO well, and ended very poorly. It's like the writers wrote the ending to every storyline, and then had 3 episodes to do absolutely nothing.


ok, so what the hell was the point of the aliens....other than to make two kids with the power to heal a crazy old whore? They only became a doctor and lawyer? Really think the Alien arc was pointless or atleast very under developed.


Just read that Brock Lesnar has been confirmed for season 3. He will be playing the new rubber man/bloody face.


To gather the information for what this episode gave me about Lana's character always being cold and ruthless and did what it took to get a story just makes me really dislike her character. Either way, congrats to her for being the last one standing.


I do know that each season will be different that anyone returning will have a new role. The only reason I asked the question was because Ryan Murphy promised that was one lose end they would tie up at some point. Constance's fourth child could have been born before she ever even knew about the muder house and anything could have happened to it. I was wondering if it could have been the child that Pepper was accused of murdering. At one point I thought it could have been Johnny since most delusional people make up their own realities. But, oh well maybe next season.


@CarriAnn Go back and read the entire artical from this link writen by Matt Richenthal.
Tell me what you take from it. Don't worry it is from tv fanatic just copy and paste the link if it is not clickable. Sorry if my last post seemed rude.


@ CarrieAnn Yes I know that. However that was a statment made by Ryan Murphy not myself. I also included the original link to the post made on this site where I got the info from after last season was over. He said “We have not lost sight of [Constance's] four child," he said. “We want to answer that.� Again not my words. I do know that the season started in 1964 however it took place in many years even in present day time. Also Contance was not like in her 30's when "Murder House" was on. Tate had to have been born around 1977 to have committed his crimes in the early to mid 90's so there for Ryan Murphy could have answered that question if he chose to do so. All I know is at some point during the AHS run he intends to do so.


@Wiglet Nothing from season 1 was brought into season 2 except for most of the actors. There was no Constance (miss her!), no mention of the murder house or the Harmon family. So no, that was not tied up. lol This season primarily took place in the 60's on the East Coast. The murder house was busy doing it's thing during that time.


@bsko and others that brought it up: The ending also made me think that maybe, just maybe, Lana did make all of this up. After all, she was there in the beginning to uncover whatever lurked at Briarcliff to gain higher ground at her job. She went under the pretense of doing a story on their bakery. A 'fluff piece' as it were. She really wanted to get the scoop on BloodyFace. I don't recall that flashback convo with the whole 'evil staring right back at you' happening between Lana and Jude so maybe it was all in her head. Next season is supposed to be only 10 episodes. ???

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