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The article below contains spoilers for the second season of "American Horror Story." "Asylum," the second season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX anthology series "American Horror Story," began with a garish crescendo of sex and gore and ended with quiet, dark tenderness. It wasn't a direction one might expect from the show, which last year seemed to only charge forward at a wild-eyed, erratic lurch, nor one that you'd think to find coming from Murphy, whose TV work has showcased a exasperating willingness to throw out internal logic and consistent characterization to chase the impulse of the week. But this season of "American Horror Story" has managed an unlikely and moving overarching vision of how the victimized deal with the systems mistreating them, whether by trying to forget them, internalizing them, embracing them or being forever shattered by them. Sometimes it was outrageous camp and sometimes it felt more. »

- Alison Willmore

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