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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?

Review

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A more satisfying ending than you'll get from most shows,and (at least not for me)no bitter aftertaste like with the final SEINFELD. I was glad to see Jude find redemption,the Monsognor and Johnny came to the end they deserved,and Lana set herself free by telling her story and taking out her dysfunctional family(and I don't mean taking them out to dinner). Looking forward to seeing what next season will offer.
There are only a few shows on TV today I can honestly sat that about.

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I did not like the ending. Come on kit disappeared. Alma died in briarcliff.
Will not watch it next season unless it catches my eye the first episode. It is not suppose to have a happy ending. I wanted kit to stay and his 2 wives just to see how he can juggle that. Or at least keep 1 of them locked up and bloody face and monsenior. I will miss sister Jude. She could have been a warden of a prison and 1 of kit wives inside or the people i wrote above.Killing off Jessica Lange and kit a big mistake. All the weird looking people hey that's horror.

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I did not like the ending. Come on kit disappeared. Alma died in briarcliff.
Will not watch it next season unless it catches my eye the first episode. It is not suppose to have a happy ending. I wanted kit to stay and his 2 wives just to see how he can juggle that. Or at least keep 1 of them locked up. I will miss sister Jude. She could have been a warden of a prison and 1 of kit wives inside or something. Killing off Jessica Lange and kit a big mistake. All the weird looking peo

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I actually really enjoyed the finale. And the fact that it ended on Dominique really made me smile.
I'm still confused about the aliens, but I prefer an open ending to a shitty explanation. I suppose when the kids disappear with Jude in the forest and come back with her better, that was the aliens as well?
As for Lana, she didn't recognize her son, but rather the police investigators cleared that up for her so she was expecting him, right? If that was the case, did she really need to shoot him? I mean, the sirens started as soon as the shot went off.

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Maybe I'm the crazy one - I think when Jude warned Lana about staring in the face of evil and Lana walked out of Briarcliff back in 1967 (or whatever year it was), she imagined the entire story in her head. Kind of like Pam Ewing waking up to find Bobby in the shower...

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A horrible finale. The only episode that was truly capable of terror was the 2nd to last. Why are people expecting happy endings on a horror based show? The alien story made absolutely no sense. What happened in the woods with Jude and Kit's kids? Why was Kit an alien target? Seemed that everything Lana did was in the name of her career. She knew all along a bit of reverse psychology would work on Johnny in order to kill him. How did the recording get on Ebay? Seriously? It really should have been Jude that took down the Monsignor. Lana was no 'saving grace'. It was always about appearances. Take down BloodyFace, get a book deal. Take down Briarcliff and the Monsignor, fame. Win/win. She said 'No more death' and decided to have Johnny. Granted, he did with his life what he wanted to, but considering the source, you could say his murders could be tracked back to Lana because she knew what he was made of and therefore capable of. I loved Season 1 so much more than this. What a shame.

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I almost stopped watching 3 eps in because of the alien story but the others kept me interested. I'm so glad! I loved season 1 and feel that the writing, overall, was much better. This season was a monster mash. But the situations this season gave the actors more to sink their teeth into and boy did they!!! Jessica Lange was even better than last year somehow and Lily Rabe actually matched her. Amazing. Sarah Paulson is always fantastic but Evan Peters was incredible this season. He's gonna be working til he's Lange 's age, too. I was satisfied with the ending because I knew they'd leave the alien story either vague or totally unresolved. The important stuff was done and it was of course very well done. I do hope most of this cast returns next season.

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she decided to finish what she started. She should've gone through with the abortion, in her eyes. She hoped he could be/would be better, but he proved to be a bad seed like his father. I thought it was poetic justice. HOWEVER, I'm confused as to what the ending was about. When she talked to Sister Jude at the end, are we supposed to believe that the whole story was Lana imagining the stories she could tell if she allowed herself to be committed and investigate? Or are we supposed to believe that this is Lana remembering a conversation she had with Sister Jude that explains the sacrifices she ended up making that Jude prophesied she would have to make?

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I like that they had Kit free her and help her, cause he was really a decent human being, but Jude should have been the one to expose the Cardinal to the world. She, afterall, was there and part of the goings on, her word would have been credible, maybe even working WITH Lana to do it. Having Lana do it on her own felt forced, like they're trying to wrap everything up and have Lana do it all. And finally, Lana's story. I was satisfied that she killed Johnny, it had to be that way. She chose to give him life, but what he did with that life was up to him. She is not responsible for him being a monster, she wanted him to have a good life and frankly, having to raise a baby of someone who raped and tortured you might not be best. He used that as an excuse for his depravity. She had to kill his father because she was so damaged by him, and when the son that she hoped would be better than that, showed up at her door, wanting to kill her after killing many others like his father, she decided to finish what she started. She should've gone through with the abortion, in her eyes. She hoped he could be/would be better, but he proved to be a bad seed like his father. I thought it was poetic justice. HOWEVER, I'm confused as to what the ending was about. When she talked to Sister Jude at the end, are we supposed to believe that the whole story was Lana imagining the stories she could tell if she allowed herself to be committed and investigate? Or are we supposed to believe that this is Lana remembering a conversation she had with Sister Jude that explains the sacrifices she ended up making that Jude prophesied she would have to make?

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Overall I enjoyed the show, but there is so much left unresolved that I am left going WTF, much like some of season 1's unresolved questions.. Who were the other bloodyface imposters during the first couple of episodes that shot the honeymooner? Accomplices of Johnny? The last episode leads you to believe he arrived at Briarcliff right before they did and he was alone. The alien storyline to me is an offshoot and poorly wrapped up. Was Kit another alien 'child' and that's why he was special? I am led to believe he was an alien, or part alien as that's why they came and took him at the end when he was dying, and his kids didn't seem to mind. They know they're part 'alien' too. Anyway, I was glad to see he was able to keep it together and raise his kids, but was sad that ultimately, his life was really just an experiment. I was expecting something more. I think Jude got the short end of the stick. She should have been the one to bring down the Cardinal after she was freed. I like that they had Kit free her and help her, cause he was really a decent human being, but Jude should have been the one to expose the Cardinal to the world. She, afterall, was there and part of the goings on, her word would have been credible, maybe even working WITH Lana to do it. Having Lana do it on her own felt forced, like they're trying to wrap everything up and have Lana do it all. And finally, Lana's story. I was satisfied that she killed Johnny, it had to be that way. She chose to give him life, but what he did with that life was up to him. She is not responsible for him being a monster, she wanted him to have a good life and frankly, having to raise a baby of someone who raped and tortured you might not be best. He used that as an excuse for his depravity. She had to kill his father because she was so damaged by him, and when the son that she hoped would be better than that, showed up at her door, wanting to kill her after killing many others like his father, she decided to finish what she started. She should've gone through with the abortion, in her eyes. She hoped he could be/would be better, but he proved to be a bad seed like his father. I thought it was poetic justice. HOWEVER, I'm confused as to what the ending was about. When she talked to Sister Jude at the end, are we supposed to believe that the whole story was Lana imagining the stories she could tell if she allowed herself to be committed and investigate? Or are we supposed to believe that this is Lana remembering a conversation she had with Sister Jude that explains the sacrifices she ended up making that Jude prophesied she would have to make?