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American Horror Story Review: Is a Happy Ending Possible?

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American Horror Story sure knows how to open an episode and grab the audience's attention.

Dylan McDermott (Johnny) was able to take what should have been a creepy moment and make it quite sensual, at least initially. Then, his rampage against his mother was filled with intense anger that I feared he would take out on Andorra. He was in Bloody Face's house after all.

What wil Monsignor Howard Do?

Regarding Johnny's parentage, when he was first revealed to be the Modern Day Bloody Face, I wasn't confident that he was Oliver and Lana's son. After "Spilt Milk," I'm even less convinced. With at least three babies in play, Johnny could be any of them... or even perhaps a baby unrelated to Briarcliff. 

Back at Briarcliff, a suave Kit walked into the common room to see his son and Grace again. After being locked up and in a straight jacket, he cleaned up quite nicely. Despite their troubles both prior to and at Briarcliff, they looked like such a delightful family.

The glow and smile on Grace's face gave hope that they would make it together. And then the glorious marriage proposal and hope that the Monsignor would perform the ceremony. On reflection, they were being naive, but I was just as caught up in the moment as they were and envisioned that possible future.

Instead, the Monsignor came to take the baby away to have Thomas adopted by another family. Heartbreaking. Could Thomas be Johnny? That was my first thought when he was taken away.

Then, Thredson offered Kit a trade: Thomas for the confession recording, only it wasn't Kit's to trade. Instead, Lana was released from Briarcliff and left giving Thredson the middle finger while showing him that she had the recording. 

That goodbye wasn't enough for Lana. She proved her strength by showing up at Thredson's home to confront him. She may not have gotten Wendy back, but she regained her self esteem and worth when she pulled the trigger and killed Bloody Face.

After all that Lana had been through, she impressed me with her decisions even more after Thredson was dead. She didn't hide from the spotlight, instead she continued on with her life. She honored Wendy, decided there had been enough killing and didn't abort her baby, and the biggest sign of her strength came after she gave birth. Her child needed her and despite the horrific nature of the conception, she fed and nurtured her young infant.

Was Johnny misinformed about his mother and her actions? Or is Johnny not Lana's son? It would be perfectly reasonable for an insane killer to create and believe his own lies about his upbringing. He wanted to be Bloody Face's son, so could he have created and lived in that fake reality?

Yes, this show is American Horror Story, but I'd still love to see some happiness come out of those tragedies. Why can't Lana and her child have a happy ending? Good derived from evil. While Lana, Kit, Grace and Jude all deserve happy endings, that seems highly unlikely.

With Thredson named as Bloody Face, Kit was released from Briarcliff and he negotiated to get Grace out and their son back. A happy ending in the making ... or is it? They arrived at Kit's home, walked joyously over the threshold to start their new lives together, and were greeted with a shocking visitor. Alma was sitting on the bed with child waiting for them.

What? Does this mean that Grace was lying about what happened to Alma? Or, did she just misunderstand? Kit seems to be in a bit of a sister wives situation now. He has two loves both with his child. Awkward!

What a turn of events. Sister Jude's patients have left Briarcliff, while she remains. The Monsignor faked her death and hid her away to protect himself, his indiscretions  and Briarcliff. Will she remain there until her last breath? Or, will she also find a way out? 

There are only two American Horror Story: Asylum episodes remaining. What do you want to see happen? Any happy endings? Who do you think Johnny is Lana and Oliver's son? If not, who is he?

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Love how they used the theme from Candy Man for this episode.

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My take: Thresdon and johnny are KILLERS but NOT Bloody face. Its KIT. . Im like 99.9% sure.
Just my opinion.

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i cant begin to describe how bad this show got after season 1
the storyline got so boring
i cant seem to watch an episode of season 2 without falling asleep or wanting to change the channel after 10 minutes
i am not a hater i really loved season 1
but i dont think i will ever watch an episode again
also if this doesnt get cancelled after this very bad season there is no hope left for television shows whatsoever

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Have they revealed who Constance's 4th child was/is?

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I almost had a heart attack while Lana was leaving Briarcliff. I wanted her to SPRINT out of there! GO WOMAN GO!! But then, showing Thredson the tape and flipping him off was awesome. AND THEN she showed up at his home. Did not see that coming. Glad she took care of him, he totally creeped me out. Good going Zachary, now when I watch Star Trek I will look at Spock a whole new way.

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Wonderful episode with a wonderful Sarah Paulson. And the "Candyman" Score by Philip Glass was very very touching.

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@KennyF, mark played that creepy janitor that was watching Mary Unice in the middle of the season, when she was playing in a room with the red garter outfit and he got caught spying on her in a hole in the wall...he was very inconspicuous but VERY well played.

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Great ep. I was on the edge of my seat during Lana's escape! Shooting it like Hitchcock would was an appropriate touch. I only had a little fear that Thredson might shoot first tho. Just great. I never loved the alien story line but it's played out better than I expected so I'm intrigued to see where it'll end up. As for modern Bloody Face it seems like it's Lana's son but I know better than to just accept the obvious on AHS. And does everyone think Arden killed ALL the mutants? It looked like he only winged one of them in the neck. It was something monstrous that took off Adam Levine's arm off, not Bloody Face so...? As for Jude she really got what she deserved but I'm still rooting for her. The Monsignor's a weasel so I hope he gets screwed but not like with Mary Eunice LOL. BTW I think Kit's kid or kids must end up in politics and we've yet to meet them as adults ...unless Johnny is way off. And can someone tell me who the hell Mark Consuelos is playing? LOL I can't wait to see how it turns out but I'll miss AHS:A when it's gone.

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Oh, what an amazing episode! I was so excited when Lana made it out of Briarcliff. I was also very touched by her decision not to abort the baby. The ''no more killing'' moment was just beautiful. I really hope for a happy ending here... I don't want either Johnny to be Lana's son, beacause then Bloody Face will have succeeded. I want kindness and compassion to triumph in the end.
Alma's return was hardly a surprise. I personally believe that Grace lied. And why is Kit special?!! Good thing we're over with the main evil characters (though i missed Mary Eunice and Dr. Arden terribly) and we will finally get some answers on the alien sl.

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I think these last two episode were great send offs to Arden, Satan/Mary Eunice, and Thredson. Particularly the parallels their building between the two Bloody Faces. But at the same time I can't help but feel everything is getting rather...anticlimactic. After watching the bad guys get such a firm grip on Briarcliff for so many episodes, to see them (and the mutant plot) go poof so quickly seems like a bit of a fizzle to end the season. I'm just not sure that the Monsignor and Present Bloody Face alone can carry the villainy the last two episodes to keep this show's momentum going, but we'll see what the writers have cooking in the pot. I think of the three, keeping Arden around to the end might have been good, even though I liked how they broke him down.