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Madness Ends



Critic Consensus: The unexpectedly subtle "Madness Ends" provides a satisfying ending to Asylum with a twisted sort of empathy and sensitivity, though attempts to underscore its harrowing socio-medical commentary prove unsubstantial.

Episode Info

Past and present collide, and everyone's secrets are exposed.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude, Sister Jude Martin
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
Dylan McDermott
as Johnny Morgan
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Critic reviews for Madness Ends

This finale was palpably satisfying, like eating an entire pizza by yourself with no one watching.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you can get past the roiling surface, I really believe that AHS, in its exploration of some deep American mythology, is one of most thoughtful shows on television, even if it sometimes gets lost in the murk.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

This finale episode managed the odd trick of not really giving us what we wanted or expected and instead gave us something else; something we may have needed more than wanted: emotional closure.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

You never realize how much you'll miss some of these characters until they're gone, and this final chapter in Briarcliff's story brings the whole thing to a bittersweet conclusion.

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Once again, American Horror Story's magical mystery gore has come to a heartwarming-in-a-psychotic-way end.

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Essentially, the finale... came off like they were trying too hard to heap the season's questions and examinations of mental illness and the roots of evil onto a relatively minor character whose introduction occurred more than half way through the season.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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