Ryan Murphy spoke to E Online on Jan. 3 about the recent deaths on "American Horror Story: Asylum," as well as the special musical number in the episode. Here is a look at what Murphy had to say about "The Name Game."
The show featured two major deaths, both to two of the show's main villains. First the demon-possessed nun, Sister Mary Eunice fell to her death when she temporarily regained control of her being, and then the evil Nazi Dr. Arden took his own life when he voluntarily joined Mary in the cremation fire.
While both of those moments were shocking, the song and dance number to the classic children's song "The Name Game" seemed completely out of place and was a breath of fresh air on an otherwise dark show.
"The fun of it, I think, is that you’re in Sister Jude’s shock therapy-induced fantasy. The idea was to really do a musical number that was something very ‘60s crossed with Jacob’s Ladder because it was in her head and it was sort of the beginning of her descent" Murphy said. "[Actress Jessica Lange] had a ball. I think after the darkness of the season I think she quite enjoyed looking like Dusty Springfield."
One of the major questions surrounded the fact that no one on this show remains dead. With only three episodes remaining, Murphy ensures viewers that Mary's death will not be for nothing, meaning the demon won't jump into another body. He said it is time to wrap things up and Mary's death eliminates the devil, because the Angel of Death proved to be too much for the evil within her.
Ryan Murphy then promised that the ending would actually provide a happy ending or two for a couple of the characters, and unlike season one, there would be no confusion about what happened to the characters after the season ends.
"American Horror Story" airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FX.
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