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 thought this entire season fell apart toward the end, very bad writing, anti-climactic resolutions to most characters, I DID like the resolution of Lana/ Johnny(son of Bloodyface) but other than that, pathetic: Jude-dies of cancer, Kit-dies of cancer (did we really need TWO characters to die of cancer ,let alone one), Grace killed by Alma, Alma dies of seemingly unknown causes at Briarcliff, suicide for both Arden and the Monsignor, weak, weak,weak endings to some evil characters that deserved a lot more punishment. I DO like a happy ending,I thought Kit should have at least got to live out a long happy life with at least ONE of his wives, he was the only completely innocent character. I hope season 3 is better because this whole season was un unsuccesful mix of too many genres and died a lingering, whimpering death rather than a satisfying climax.


I feel as if somebody just **** me up the ###. Seriously. They started with about ten to fifteen villains, and by thirteen episodes in, everybody just falls off a banister/cremate themselves/get cancer/ die from nosebleeds/ get shot by their momma?


I was not happy with the lana being alone but she kina of was always alone kit was good but i think the aliens made him as an expermant and took thoes close to him to make test tube babies because he could not have them because he was not human thats why when he got remarried they dident have kids kiklinf johnny was ok but he never got the love he wanted you think she was carring and going to make up for all the hurt but bam shot in the head love how they use the characters in diffrent roles every year like watching them recartned and how theres spirit lives in a diffrent life cant wait for next year miss the first year but it keeps getting better


I didn't love the ending. It was mostly okay but the alien sl was a major let down.So was it Kit's ability to love and forgive that attracted the aliens' interest? Are they some sort of pacifist spieces that wanted to use Kit's children (and others' i suppose...) to pass on their ideals? I would like to see this idea developed as a sl on its own. Mixed with everything else just fails to make an impact.
I agree that Lana killing Johnny was fitting...but also predictable. I was sort of hoping that Lana's experience with Thredson would have taught her not to make the same mistakes as his mother. The ''no more death'' scene for me was one of the most beautiful of the series and that's why i wanted this sl at least to end in a more hopeful...more ''love beating hatred''...note.
But i did like the series overall.In some aspects it was a lot better that than the ''Murder House''.


It was a fun series with great acting but the finale was a let down. The program is `American Horror Story` so a happy ending didn`t really make sense. The stuff with Aliens seemed like they were just keeping their options open and decided not to pursue that story line. Hopefully, there will be another series.


Another stellar performance by Jessica Lange . The rest of the cast was also wonderful but somehow I found the finale to be lacking, very unsatisfying. There was no answer to the questions of why. Why did the aliens take such an intrest in Kit? I really thought that was going to be what everything revolved around and once we knew that everything else would fall into place. Why are the kids special? I thought we'd get to see why but no. Don't get me wrong it was good and we did get to see what happened to everyone but I guess after last season I just expected more. A big wow moment or something.


I loved it! I found myself welling up as Jude passed away and was so happy she was able to have such happiness before she went. I did not see Lana turning the tables like that and I am disappointed in myself about that one. the aliens took Kit right? And we likely either will never get resolution to that or that is actually a future ahs anthology down the road where Ryan Murphy convinces Evan Peters to play Kit again? Oh since he got to be the good guy this year and was kind of the tormented bad guy last year...he probably gets to play some sort of fun amoral character next year...Sarah Paulson likely will be my first suspect as a bad guy next year too...I am seeing a brother sister team...

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