"Madness Ends"
Series American Horror Story: Asylum
Season 2, Episode 13
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Airdate January 23rd, 2013
Writer Tim Minear
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Producer Bradley Buecker; Dante Di Loreto; Mark Douglas; Brad Falchuk; Alexis Martin Woodall; Tim Minear; Ryan Murphy; Jennifer Salt; Jessica Sharzer; Chip Vucelich; James Wong
Starring Zachary Quinto; Joseph Fiennes; Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Lily Rabe; Lizzie Brocheré; James Cromwell; Jessica Lange
Previous "Continuum"
Next "Bitchcraft"

"Madness Ends" is the thirteenth and final episode of season two of the American television series American Horror Story and the twenty-fifth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Tim Minear. It first aired on the FX Network on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 pm. In this episode, an older Lana Winters conducts a tell-all interview in which she reflects upon the events that have made her such a successful investigative reporter. Most notable among her achievements is shutting down Briarcliff Manor and exposing the fraudulent actions of Cardinal Timothy Howard. Johnny Morgan finally gets his chance to avenge his father's death. In flashback, Kit Walker commits himself to finding Sister Jude Martin and freeing her from Briarcliff Manor.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Final episode of the season; final appearance of all characters.
  • Production code number: 2ATS13.
  • The final fate of Kit Walker is unknown. Given that the aliens who abducted Alma and Grace had the ability to heal injuries, it is possible that they might be able to cure his pancreatic cancer.
  • The schoolyard flashback with young Johnny Morgan takes place around the year 1975.

Allusions Edit

  • The season ends with the French song "Dominique" playing in the background. This is the song that was usually played on the record player in the common room at Briarcliff Manor.
  • Lana Winters tells Johnny Morgan that his father didn't like guns. This refers to a line of dialogue from "Dark Cousin" where Thredson states, "I can either cut your throat or I can strangle you. I don't believe in guns."

Quotes Edit

  • Lana Winters: You need something people, can see, visual simulation, and believe me, there is nothing more simulating than crazy people.


  • Lana Winters: That man was a particular kind of liar, the kind who lies to himself about being a liar. He was so corrupt and deluded, he believed his own lies. Lies are like scars on your soul. They destroy you.


  • Sister Jude Martin: But I do hope you know what you're in for. The loneliness, the heartbreak, the sacrifice you'll face as a woman with a dream on her own.
  • Lana Winters: You don't have any idea what 'm capable of.
  • Sister Jude Martin: Well, then. Look at you. Miss Lana Banana. Just remember. If you look in the face of evil, evil's going to look right back at you.

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  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.

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