The Name Game
American Horror Story Asylum



Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

The action-filled "The Name Game" raises questions, offers closure to a couple of wicked characters, and climaxes with a shocking scene.

Episode Info

The Monsignor resolves to help Sister Mary Eunice battle the Devil within, while the now-powerless Jude is punished severely by the possessed nun. As Dr Arden brings his experiments to a shocking end, Lana and Kit find themselves at Thredson's mercy once more.

Cast & Crew

Zachary Quinto
Dr. Oliver Thredson
Joseph Fiennes
Monsignor Timothy Howard
Sarah Paulson
Lana Winters
Evan Peters
Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
Sister Mary Eunice
James Cromwell
Dr. Arthur Arden
Jessica Lange
Sister Jude
Barbara Tarbuck
Mother Superior Claudia
Gloria Laino
The Mexican
Ezra Buzzington
Sedated Patient
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Name Game

Just when you think American Horror Story: Asylum can't possibly get more Baroque, it shimmies up a gilded spire and tosses a zillion putti at your head until you beg for mercy.

Aug 30, 2016 | Full Review…

This episode raised so many questions!

Aug 30, 2016 | Full Review…

As the crematorium fire rages, Arden, um, climbs on top of her carcass and burns himself alive. That was a pretty great moment, you guys... I feel happy just knowing it happened.

Aug 30, 2016 | Full Review…

I've started to get into the rhythm of this odd, weirdly rewarding season of television, to figure out the way that it seems to build to a season finale every other episode, then retreat into downtime.

Aug 29, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The whole episode was one of the season's strongest hours, due in large part because it contained one of the most inspired scenes this series has ever given us... but we'll get to Satan's Great! Big! Music! Box!

Aug 26, 2016 | Full Review…

What a fun episode; a strong and memorable return after the holiday hiatus, and one that was fairly tightly scripted, all things considered (like that this is American Horror Story).

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

For all its conflicts, 'The Name Game' isn't nearly as crazy as some episodes that have come before it, but mainly that's because it's still picking up the pieces after the Lee Emerson (Ian McShane) holiday disaster at Briarcliff.

Aug 30, 2016 | Full Review…

I feel like we should work "The Name Game" from final scene to first scene since the entire episode just kept getting crazier and crazier!

Aug 29, 2016 | Full Review…

I will say this is one episode that demands your full attention, even as it skips over more details than I would have liked.

Aug 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Tonight's episode spent a little bit of time getting us reacquainted with our favorite patients and caregivers of Briarcliff, but quickly got back into the crazy head games, battle between good and evil and even threw in a few surprises.

Aug 29, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This show has nothing but good actors on it, and the worst aspects of some of the performers (accent work, mostly) can be overshadowed by more powerful visual signals.

Aug 29, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Name Game," despite its dalliance with a Glee-inspired dance-macabre number, gave us some big game-changing deaths. It heaped a ton of woe onto Jude and Timothy, giving them both powerful ways to atone for their past misdeeds.

Aug 26, 2016 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…