Ryan Murphy has finally closed the book on “American Horror Story: Asylum,” which means it’s time to start getting really excited for Season 3. “Madness Ends” gave a straight-forward and almost sweet conclusion to the most chaotic season of “American Horror Story” yet, and every character seemed to have a clear-cut ending.
Still, fans might have some lingering questions about Season 2. What was the deal with those aliens? Was Lana always going to live to the end? What was Murphy’s main goal throughout the season? During our recent chat with Murphy, he shed some light on the “Asylum” finale, and resolved the final few plot points that some might have found open-ended.
The entire point of “Asylum” was to get to the “Madness Ends” storyline
“The thing that we were most interested in in this season writing about was the stuff actually in the last episode,” Murphy teased. “It was Lana, the documentary series she made about shutting down Briarcliff. That’s one of the first things [we chose], when the writers landed on the idea of ‘asylum,’ that period of time when those documentaries were made.”
There was never a chance Lana would die before the finale
“I always knew that she would survive. I did not know how fantastic her wigs would be,” Murphy said with a laugh. “I also like that meditations on fame that was somewhat loosely modeled after all that Capote and ‘In Cold Blood’ stuff that I’ve always been obsessed with from when I was a journalist, which was kind of that corruption of fame stuff I thought was really interesting.”
He continued, “I love that [Lana] goes back and I love that she does try, even after everything Sister Jude had done, she does sort of go back to get her and she does succeed in closing the place. I thought it was a very heroic ending for her.”
All the main characters got their happy endings
“For me, I thought that Jude got a great happy ending, and I thought that Jessica thought that. I think that Kit got a very strange happy ending, and I always imagine that character, you know, that was very inspired by the Richard Dreyfuss last scene in ‘Close Encounters,'” Murphy explained. “And I think Lana having her Barbara Walters ending was great. I thought it was happiness for, not everybody, but most people.”
The alien storyline’s open ending was intentional
“I thought the alien stuff was interesting because I thought it was so metaphoric and take it or leave it and I think that stuff was polarizing for people,” Murphy said about the fact he never planned to tie up that storyline. “It was always what it was. I always interested in those stories and the fascinating thing about those stories is the people who claimed to have been abducted and been on the ships. Did that happen? I don’t know. But I’m fascinated that those stories started to come out right around the time of the civil rights era.”
He added, “Really, to me, that’s what that was about, and I never even like to talk about that story because I think I like that that’s the one thing where everyone can draw their own conclusion.”
The one storyline Murphy didn’t think would work
“The thing that I thought people would not like was the Lily Rabe possessed by Satan, which was by far the big fan-favorite this year,” he said. Yes, please. More Lily Rabe all the time next season.
What did you think of “Madness Ends”?