The anticipated premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum is here. The FX thriller returns with a season two, after what it felt like an eternity. Season two is set in 1964 and starts Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes. With a return in another unforgettable performance as Sister Jude. “When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn’t want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive, sad co-creator and executive producer Murphy.
As we all know the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s drama begins in the present day, with hot-and-bothered newlyweds Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum paying a visit to the long-shuttered asylum, Briarcliff Manor, as part of their “haunted honeymoon tour”—a decision they’d no doubt give an arm to take back. Also we’re not even in a haunted Los Angeles house anymore, but instead the Massachusetts asylums of Briarcliff.
As Leo (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) and Teresa (Jenna Dewan -Tatum) who are newlyweds and choose to spend their honeymoon with the corridors of the now-abandoned Briarcliff. Set foot inside, all hell breaks lose. “It is absolutely terrifying. Very gruesome. And what’s great about the fact that it’s on FX is that you can go too far. You can do really unorthodox, crazy things that people are going to talk about.”
Briarcliff Manor was bought by the Catholic Church in 1963 and transformed into a sanitarium. Monsignor Timothy O’Hara (Joseph Fiennes) and the formidable Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) are in charge and Jude definitely has the hoots for her boss.
Kit (Evan Peters) and Lana (Sarah Paulson) are both outsiders committed to Briarcliff, against their will. They’re surrounded by a motley crew of inmates, including a sex addict (Chloë Sevigny,) a degenerate bully (Mark Consuelos,) and the enigmatic Grace (Lizzie Brocheré,) who develops a friendship with Kit.
Briarcliff residents definitely do not want an appointment with James Cromwell’s Dr. Arden. Says the actor, “He does torture and I think even winds up killing a number of patients.” Dr. Arthur Arden—a man of science who regularly clashes with Lange’s woman of faith, the Oscar nominee runs Briarwood’s medical unit. He may or may have something to do with the mysterious disappearance of several patients, but there’s one thing we know for sure: The dude is beyond creepy. And he only gets creepier in the second episode.
Let’s just say that, in the flash of a few blinding lights, the guy goes from being a happily-married gas station attendant to an accused serial killer nicknamed “Bloody Face,” who’s primed to be this season’s Big Bad, thanks to his penchant for decapitating women while—gulp—wearing a mask made of human flesh.