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What is past isn’t always prologue, as the finale of “American Horror Story: Asylum” illustrated last night.
Someone is getting an Emmy for “Best Makeup on a Lesbian”
In the present day, Lana Winters is still very much alive, and just as ambitious and determined as she has ever been. On the day she is set to receive a Kennedy Center Honor, she is being interviewed in her well appointed New York apartment by a young journalist. Lana went on to become a trailblazing investigative reporter, first in print, and later in television as the host of “America Unmasked”. Get it? The woman who was kidnapped and impregnated by a masked serial killer has a show called “America Unmasked”. Who doesn’t appreciate a good pun?
Lana even has a portrait of herself painted by Bono. The man, the legend, the guy who paints portraits when he’s not busy saving the world from AIDS and bankers.
Lana paints a wonderful story of returning to Briarcliff with a camera crew to document the horrid conditions and shut the place down. She tells her interviewer of how she tracked down Sister Jude and saved her from the atrocities, yet it didn’t happen. Lana stops and says it’s a fantasy. By the time she returned to Briarcliff in 1970, Jude was long gone. She had not kept her promise to Jude. This isn’t going to bode well for Sarah Paulson when she has to compete against Jessica Lange in the Best Actress in a Miniseries category at the Emmys. Sister Jude is most definitely getting the sympathy vote.
Just be grateful that your eyes haven’t adjusted to the light. It isn’t a pretty sight.
Anyhow, Lana is also joined by her long-time partner, an opera singer that informs her that they’re having dinner with the Gershwin’s or the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s or the Gomez-Bieber’s or someone important. I don’t know opera all that well. Lana seems content and successful.
On the flip side of that coin is her not very well adjusted offspring, Johnny, who is seeking vengeance on his mother. In the present day, he breaks into a boarded up Briarcliff and has visions of his father, Dr Thredson aka Bloody Face. “I had so much love for you, even when you were still in your mother’s womb”, his father’s ghost informs him. Sure, unconditional parental love is a beautiful thing. I’m guessing if Dr Thredson had survived being shot by Lana, though; he would at least have suggested his son try a different hair style.
Johnny sits in a cell in Briarcliff, getting high, when the lovers walk in and we get an answer to what happened in the first episode. She-Channing Tatum proceeds to call the second most winningest coach in the history of “the Voice” a pussy, and then blows him. Then Johnny cuts his arm off. Question answered. Johnny is Bloody Face Junior. He’s all sorts of messed up, and he seriously hates Maroon 5, or maybe he just hates adult rock, in general. Some questions go unanswered in season 2.