FX posted a preview clip of “American Horror Story: Asylum’s” upcoming Jan. 9 episode, “Spilt Milk” on their Facebook page on Jan. 4 in which it appears Lana (Sarah Paulson) is finally freed from Briarcliff and confronts her serial-killing captor, Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto).
In the 31 second clip, Lana looks lovely in a royal blue evening gown and matching shoes as she points a gun at Thredson. He poses a question about his unborn child that Lana is carrying (as a result of his sexual assault while he held her prisoner).
He asks, “You’re not going to keep the baby, are you?” She replies, “Not a chance in hell.”
We don’t see her fire the gun, nor do we hear it go off. But, we are vying for this evil man to be brought to justice, one way or another.
So far, two central characters have died, Dr. Arden (James Cromell) and demon-possessed Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe). With only 3 episodes remaining until the Jan. 23 season finale, it’s highly likely more characters will die leading up to Briarcliff Manor’s ultimate demise.
Dylan McDermott returns as Johnny/Modern Day Bloody Face in the "Spilt Milk" episode as well, and will appear in all of the "AHS: Asylum" season two final episodes..
If Johnny is indeed Lana and Thredson’s son, then Lana obviously doesn’t follow through with ending the pregnancy.
The “Spilt Milk” episode synopsis posted with the Facebook video clip reads:
“Grace brings Kit devastating news about the aliens’ experiments on Alma. Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor. The Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.”
It seems probable Lana is the “unexpected visitor,” and Thredson will be surprised that she’s out of Briarcliff.
As for Kit (Evan Peters) and Grace (Lizzie Brochere), it appears the aliens are real if Grace brings news about Kit’s missing wife, Alma. Plus, they now share a son, after an accelerated pregnancy that appears to be a result of Grace’s alien abduction.
In the clip, Kit is laying somewhere, either sleeping or unconscious, and Grace lets out a bloodcurdling scream during what looks like a submersion in a hydro bath. Let's not forget Ryan Murphy's photo tweet of Kit and Grace in regular non-Briarcliff clothes, with which he asked the question, "Real or a dream?" If Alma is dead, do Kit and Grace carry on their lives together? Their ultimate fate remains to be seen.
There are still several unanswered questions surrounding Kit in general and his tie to the aliens. Namely, why did Thredson choose Kit to take the fall for his crimes? Was this a random choice or is there another reason? Could it be that Thredson and Kit are related? Why did the aliens choose Kit? What do they want and what are their intentions regarding Kit, Grace and Alma’s future?
The only certainties we have are that Grace will appear in episode 12, “Continuum,” as the episode synopsis posted via “The Futon Critic” reads:
“A deadly new inmate threatens Sister Jude's chance of release from Briarcliff. Grace's obsession with the aliens turns violent.”
It seems likely that the “deadly new inmate” may be returning AHS guest star, Eric Stonestreet, as he has yet to make his season two slated appearance. Will his character kill Jude, or will she kill him and thus earn permanent residency at Briarcliff? Will Jude ever recover her full mental capacity, or is she on a complete downward spiral?
As previously reported, “AHS: Asylum” co-creator Ryan Murphy assures viewers that all storylines will be concluded in the highly-anticipated season finale episode, titled “Madness Ends,” which will air on Jan. 23.
"The Futon Critic" “Madness Ends” episode synopsis reads:
“Johnny sets out to complete his father's work. Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.”
In this sense, Thredson must be dead or incarcerated, because if Johnny’s father was still alive or free to roam the streets, he could, and most assuredly would, complete his work himself.
The “American Horror Story: Asylum” season finale episode summary is brief and there is no mention of Kit, Grace or Alma. However, this doesn't necessarily mean they don’t survive. Ryan Murphy stated early on that Evan Peters will appear in all 13 “Asylum” episodes.
In fact, Murphy reemphasized a “satisfying” ending and teased several time jumps for “the last two characters” in a Jan. 3 “EW” interview. He said:
“We knew from the beginning who would live and who would die. We do an interesting thing with the last two characters and take huge time leaps and go from 1965 to 1969 to 1973 to 1981. It’s a very interesting structure. We take you from 1965 all the way to the present day. It was a really ambitious thing to do in terms of a production point of view. It’s very satisfying, the ending. I know last year it ended and people were like, Well, then what happened? What happened to the ghosts in the house? What happened to Constance and that baby? No one will end this season having any questions at all about what happened to any character.”
Furthermore, Murphy promised a couple of the characters will have happy endings. Taking Murphy’s revelations into consideration, there may only be two “Asylum” characters left standing. Could they be Lana and Kit? Or Lana and Jude?
Finally, it's hard to shake Murphy's tweet very early on about Pepper, that Pepper knows all. Is she really an alien and the mastermind behind everything that's happened to Kit, Grace and Alma in terms of their alien encounters?
At this point, we’ll just have to wait and see who dies, who survives and just how all of the Briarcliff Manor “Madness Ends.” Let's not rule out the possibility of some sort of huge ending shocker. Wouldn't it be something if everything we've seen is a mad person's delusional reality? Or, a movie being filmed about an urban legend killer named Bloody Face?
“American Horror Story” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on FX.