“American Horror Story: Asylum” returned on Nov. 14 with the conclusion to the spellbinding two-part episode, “I Am Anne Frank, Part II.”
In this physically and psychologically terrifying episode, Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) is revealed as Bloody Face and Kit (Evan Peters) and Lana (Sarah Paulson) fall straight into his evil and murderous hands. Plus, lingering questions swirl around Anne Frank and Sister Jude (Jessic Lange) backslides into old patterns of behavior.
At the end of this romp through the halls of horror, there is one question burning at the front of our orbital lobes: Can Kit and Lana escape the death trap that Thredson has set for them and beat a killer at his own game?
He Killed Her, He Killed Her Not
Just when things are looking up and Kit is granted a stay on sterilization, the very cunning and clever Dr. Thredson gets him to admit to killing his wife while being recorded.
Whoever voted “Team Oliver” in the guess who Bloody Face is poll AHS Co-Creator Ryan Murphy posed via Twitter yesterday, pat yourselves the back!
Suspicions that this too-good-to-be true doctor was the masked killer were raised since his eager-to-help “Nor’easter” exchange with Lana. Anyone who sensed that something wasn’t right – -was right!
Did any other “Team Oliver” pulses pound when Kit recites his fateful confession – to the killer himself, no less?
We can feel the arrest dropping down on him like a detonated grenade and we, like Kit, are helpless. As the police drag him away, a post-sterilized blood-soaked Grace screams for the police to release him – she yells that she’s seen Alma – Kit’s wife is alive!
Of course, Grace meets Alma during her own alien encounter, during which Alma suggests that Grace tries not to fight it – things will be easier that way.
Question: Does Grace really see Alma during an alien abduction? Or, is she hallucinating due to some sort of pre-surgery meds – and has Kit’s story in her subconscious mind?
It certainly looks like Kit is facing the death penalty for a crime he didn’t commit. Is there any way out of this terrible plight?
Something feels eerie and wrong as Dr. Thredson “frees” Lana from Briarcliff and takes her to his house. She immediately questions why she can’t go home and he quickly covers, saying she’s a fugitive and that’s the first place they’ll look for her.
Zachary Quinto literally makes the hairs stand on the back of our necks when he crushes his hand over Lana’s and tells her she can’t make a phone call.
We suspect she is doomed, right up until she enters Thredson’s “tool” room and then, of course, we know it.
Did anyone else jump when he sends her through that trap door on the floor? How about when she discovers Wendy’s dead body lying next to her? Anyone else scream?
Zachary Quinto as Bloody Face certainly gives Evan Peters as Tate Langdon a run for his money as a maniacal psychopathic killer.
The absolutely scariest part of the scene is when Thredson advises her their therapy has to continue and he’s kept Wendy’s corpse “fresh for her” so they can use her during the session – starting with Lana kissing Wendy’s cold lips.
There’s no doubt at this point that Thredson has secured the perfect fall guy with Kit and that he has a multitude of further horrors awaiting Lana.
Is there any way, at all, that Kit or Lana can escape their own deaths?
Unless Thredson makes some sort of stupid mistake that will lead to his own evil demise, it looks like Kit and Lana may be the next victims on his long and bloody list.
Sins of the Past Revealed and Revisited
Good for you, Anne Frank, we shout, as we realize that she at least wounded the evil Dr. Arden (James Cromwell)!
Then her husband shows up to claim her, and says her name is Charlotte and she became obsessed with Anne Frank during her pregnancy. He also says she wants nothing to do with their baby and it’s been so difficult.
“Good” Dr. Thredson claims she’s got postpartum psychosis. Sister Jude arranges for her releases to avoid Arden’s assured wrath.
Just when we’re relieved and confused about her mental state, her husband brings her back saying she’s gotten a lot worse.
Unfortunately, Dr. Arden returns and threatens to press charges against Sister Jude for being negligent enough to enable a patient to attack him. And, he’s got terrible plans for Anne/Charlotte – whoever she is!
We cringe in sheer horror as we watch Dr. Arden use an orbitoclast to perform a transoribital lobotomy through her eye – and he husband observes!
First of all, this is present day Bloody Face’s weapon of choice. Second, when she comes home, she’s like a sugared up Stepford Wife. How horrible is this? Her entire personality is erased.
But the icing on the terror cake is when she steps out of the living room and the camera zooms on a newspaper clipping of young Nazi Arden standing behind Hitler.
Is this woman really Anne Frank? Or, is she just a mentally overwrought Auschwitz survivor who spent time witnessing the strange things Dr. Arden did to random prisoners?
Either way, we know she told the truth about Arden. Why else would he work so hard to cover his tracks – to the extent of lobotomizing her?
Sister Jude cracks under the pressure of Arden’s threats and the story of her childhood is heartbreaking to hear as she talks about it to Frank, the security guard.
Once again, Jessica Lange shines in the telling of this sad and lonely tale. Then we’re totally shocked when she promptly leaves Briarcliff, goes to the bar, throws back a drink and takes a stranger to bed.
Of course she’s taking solace by trading in her nun’s habit for her old “sinful” habits.
What happens to Jude now? We know, according to the previews, that she returns to Briarcliff. That may be the craziest decision of all. Is she doomed, like the rest of the mad and sad lot of them? Will Sister Jude get wise and save herself before it’s too late?
The last surprising tidbit is that Mary Eunice (as Satan, of course) takes what is left of Shelley too the woods so that Arden won’t be exposed for his monstrous actions.
Then she somehow escapes and makes it to a school playground. Children see her legless, boil-covered form trying to drag herself up a set of stairs and they scream in horror at “the monster.”
This poor, poor girl! Death seems like mercy at this point. What happens next? Will she die in her escape attempt, possibly shot by police? Will someone find her and send her back to her Briarcliff torture chamber?
Here are some other interesting final questions:
- Will Kit find a way to beat his bum rap or will he (shuddering here) die an innocent man?
- Are the aliens real? Did Grace and Kit really see them or was it some strangely coincidental set of hallucinations?
- How many more people will die in Thredson’s evil clutches? What other kinds of horror await Lana? Can she possibly escape her captor before she dies?
- Who is Bloody Face 2012?
- Finally, why is Monsignor Howard covering for Dr. Arden? Will the evil mad scientist ever pay for his crimes against humanity?
Overall, “American Horror Story” continues to up the ante of terror for our helpless victims. Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto give stellar performances as they pull us even farther into Briarcliff’s dark world of doom, as we anxiously wait to find the slightest ray of light.
“American Horror Story: Asylum” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on FX.