American Horror Story: Asylum

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American Horror Story: Asylum
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Original networkFX
Original releaseOctober 17, 2012 (2012-10-17) –
January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
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American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the American FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It originally aired from October 17, 2012, to January 23, 2013. The premise of the second season marked a departure from that of the series's first season, featuring all-new characters and a new location, thus marking American Horror Story as an anthology series.

The season begins in 1964 at the fictional mental institution Briarcliff Manor, following the stories of the staff and inmates who occupy it and intercuts with events in the past and present. Returning cast members from the previous season of the series include: Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, and Frances Conroy, along with new cast members Joseph Fiennes, Lizzie Brocheré, and James Cromwell.

Like its predecessor, Asylum was well received by television critics. The performances of Lange, Cromwell, Quinto, Paulson, and Rabe were particularly praised. As a result, the season garnered seventeen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, more than any other show, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, and four acting nominations for Lange, Paulson, Cromwell, and Quinto, with Cromwell winning for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. In addition, Quinto and Paulson won their respective supporting categories at the 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards.

Despite being formally anthological, some of the cast members reprise their roles in the fourth and the sixth seasons, Freak Show and Roanoke, such as Rabe, Naomi Grossman, Paulson, and John Cromwell, portraying Sister Mary Eunice McKee, Pepper, Lana Winters, and a young version of Dr. Arthur Arden, also known as Hans Grüper, respectively.

Cast and characters[edit]


Zachary Quinto
Joseph Fiennes
Sarah Paulson
Evan Peters
Lily Rabe
James Cromwell
Jessica Lange


Guest stars[edit]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
131"Welcome to Briarcliff"Bradley BueckerTim MinearOctober 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)2ATS013.85[1]
In present day, a newlywed couple, Teresa and Leo, explore the now-abandoned Briarcliff Manor, a former insane asylum in rural Massachusetts. Flashback to 1964 when Kit Walker is being committed there, accused of being infamous serial killer "Bloody Face". Kit protests his innocence and flashes of his scattered memory suggest something far more sinister responsible. At Briarcliff, Kit befriends Grace, a fellow inmate believed to have murdered her family. Journalist Lana Winters trespasses onto Briarcliff, intent on exposing its mistreatment of inmates, so she can gain a better career for her and for her lover Wendy Peyser, a teacher. She is confronted by the tyrannical Sister Jude, who has her committed to the asylum because of her homosexuality. A bitter rivalry is ignited between Sister Jude and Dr. Arthur Arden.
142"Tricks and Treats"Bradley BueckerJames WongOctober 24, 2012 (2012-10-24)2ATS023.06[2]
In the present day, Teresa and Leo are attacked and pursued through Briarcliff by Bloody Face. Dr. Thredson arrives at Briarcliff as Kit's court-appointed therapist to determine if he can stand trial for the "Bloody Face" murders. "Bloody Face" kills people in both periods, present and 1964. Meanwhile, an exorcist is called to the asylum after a teenager's behavior goes beyond clinical help; he is possessed by a demon. The ritual gives Lana and Grace a chance to escape, but Lana, who feels betrayed that Grace wants Kit to go with them, foils the plan by getting Grace and Kit caught. The possessed teenager exposes Sister Jude's dark past that haunts her to this day, revealing that she used to be a sleazy bar singer who accidentally ran over a little girl while driving drunk back in 1949. The teenager dies after the demon exits his body during the exorcism and enters Sister Mary Eunice, making her faint.
153"Nor'easter"Michael UppendahlJennifer SaltOctober 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)2ATS032.47[3]
In the present, Teresa and Leo are shot by men in Bloody Face masks, who are then approached by another Bloody Face. In 1964, the possessed Sister Mary Eunice begins her corruption of the asylum. She kills a female patient, called the Mexican, who senses that she is possessed. Next, Sister Mary tries to seduce Dr. Arden and then drives Sister Jude nearly insane by hinting at her past transgressions. With the news announcement that a storm is approaching, Sister Jude decides to throw a "movie night" to calm the inmates. Grace, Kit, and Lana attempt to escape the prison during the storm but retreat after crossing paths with the cannibalistic Raspers who dwell in the woods surrounding the asylum. Shelley wishes to escape with them but is caught by Dr. Arden, who knocks her out and partially amputates her legs.
164"I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)"Michael UppendahlJessica SharzerNovember 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)2ATS042.65[4]
A woman identifying herself as Anne Frank is brought into the asylum. "Anne Frank" panics when she first sees Dr. Arden. She tells Sister Jude that Dr. Arden is Dr. Hans Grüper, a Nazi doctor. Sister Jude wonders how to bring about the reality of Dr. Arden. Meanwhile, Grace admits to Kit that she killed her father and stepmother for sexually abusing her. Kit wonders if he, in fact, really is the serial killer "Bloody Face" and is simply blocking what happened the night his wife disappeared. After aversion therapy fails with Lana, Dr. Thredson promises that he will get her out of Briarcliff by the end of the week. "Anne Frank" attacks Dr. Arden and stumbles onto Shelley, who begs Anne to kill her, as she is turning into a Rasper due to Dr. Arden's experiments.
175"I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)"Alfonso Gomez-RejonBrad FalchukNovember 14, 2012 (2012-11-14)2ATS052.78[5]
Sister Jude hires a famed Nazi hunter named Mr. Goodman to build a case against Dr. Arden. Dr. Thredson convinces Kit to make a startling confession. "Anne Frank's" husband shows up to take her home but returns her after she nearly suffocated their infant son. Dr. Arden offers to perform a lobotomy on her and is given permission. After Dr. Arden threatens sister Jude, she sneaks out on a one-night stand for a few drinks at a bar. Dr. Thredson helps Lana escape but traps her in his home, revealing himself as the real Bloody Face. To prevent Jude from finding Shelley, Sister Mary Eunice takes Shelley to a schoolyard stairwell, where she is discovered.
186"The Origins of Monstrosity"David SemelRyan MurphyNovember 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)2ATS061.89[6]
To perform last rites, the Monsignor visits Shelley at the hospital and strangles her with rosary beads. A mysterious young girl becomes a new patient at Briarcliff after her mother believes she has killed someone. A flashback shows how Dr. Arden came to work at Briarcliff. Sister Jude finally gets evidence of Dr. Arden's horrific past but puts someone's life and her career at stake. Meanwhile, Dr. Arden, the Monsignor, and Sister Mary Eunice indirectly form an evil union. Elsewhere, Lana remains a hostage of Dr. Thredson/Bloody Face, who enlightens her about his past. In the present day, the police arrive at the asylum to discover three bodies, while it is also discovered that Bloody Face has captured Teresa.
197"Dark Cousin"Michael RymerTim MinearNovember 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)2ATS072.27[7]
The Angel of Death appears at the asylum after several patients wish to die, one of which is Grace. The angel's visit does not sit well with Sister Mary Eunice, but both agree their work is not finished. Sister Jude plans to use the angel's services but first must attempt to make peace with the parents of the girl she hit years ago. Jude is stunned to learn the girl survived the accident. After Lana can get away from Dr. Thredson, she is injured in a freak car accident and taken back to Briarcliff. Also, Kit escapes custody to break Grace out of the asylum, but she is accidentally shot by the chief guard, Frank, and dies.
208"Unholy Night"Michael LehmannJames WongDecember 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)2ATS082.36[8]
On Christmas Eve, a patient dressed as Santa stirs up trouble at Briarcliff and seeks revenge on Sister Jude for locking him away in solitary after committing a murder during the previous year's Christmas festivities. Dr. Arden secretly calls on Sister Jude for help in saving Sister Mary Eunice, later revealing his efforts to be a ruse leading Jude back to Briarcliff and jeopardy at Sister Eunice's behest. Meanwhile, Lana reunites with Kit making him privy to the fact that Dr. Thredson is Bloody Face which proves him innocent. Dr. Thredson finds Lana at the asylum, but Kit saves her before he can harm her. Dr. Arden also has a startling encounter in the Death Chute while disposing of Grace's body.
219"The Coat Hanger"Jeremy PodeswaJennifer SaltDecember 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)2ATS092.22[9]
Lana and Kit trick Dr. Thredson into confessing that he is Bloody Face. Dr. Arden convinces Kit to temporarily die and force the aliens to return, only to find out that the aliens saved Grace's life and she is pregnant with Kit's baby. Meanwhile, Sister Jude gets officially removed from her position and admitted as a patient, causing Monsignor Howard to lead a penitent Leigh to be baptized with disastrous results. Monsignor Howard was later found crucified, where his death wish had summoned the Angel of Death. Modern-day Bloody Face, Johnny Morgan, attends a therapy session where he kills his therapist.
2210"The Name Game"Michael LehmannJessica SharzerJanuary 2, 2013 (2013-01-02)2ATS102.21[10]
Dr. Arden puts an end to his experiments. Kit and Lana continue to pressure the killer Dr. Thredson, who reveals several secrets to Kit. Now a patient and known by her common name, Judy Martin, Sister Jude gets subjected to the asylum's inhumane treatments. Grace goes into labor, and a boy is born. Monsignor Howard takes the fight to the possessed Sister Mary Eunice, eventually pushing her off the third floor. Saddened by her death, Dr. Arden kills himself in the same fire that cremates Sister Mary Eunice's body.
2311"Spilt Milk"Alfonso Gomez-RejonBrad FalchukJanuary 9, 2013 (2013-01-09)2ATS112.51[11]
Told by Judy of the truth, Mother Superior Claudia manages to help Lana escape from the asylum, who exposes the crimes at Briarcliff and those of Dr. Thredson. Lana later confronts Dr. Thredson/Bloody Face at his house and kills him. Kit, Grace, and their son are set free and reunited at Kit's home, where they find Alma with another baby. Judy promises Monsignor Howard that his and the asylum's downfall are soon to come. Lana tries to get Judy out of Briarcliff but fails because Monsignor Howard has faked her death.
2412"Continuum"Craig ZiskRyan MurphyJanuary 16, 2013 (2013-01-16)2ATS122.30[12]
Two years since his release from Briarcliff, Kit must deal with his polygamic life with Alma and Grace. Horrified of the aliens' abductions, Alma eventually becomes hysterical, chops Grace to death, and ends up being committed to Briarcliff. Sister Jude, now known as "Betty Drake", slips further into insanity at the asylum. In 1969, Lana publishes a book about her ordeal, even though it may not all be true. Alma dies in the asylum. In the present day, Johnny seeks out a copy of the book to continue his father's murderous "work".
2513"Madness Ends"Alfonso Gomez-RejonTim MinearJanuary 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)2ATS132.29[13]
In the present day, Lana Winters, now older and a famous, out-and-proud, television reporter, grants an interview in which she discusses her crusade to closing down Briarcliff and exposing Dr. Arden as a Nazi war criminal, which led to the Monsignor killing himself. It is later revealed that in 1970, Kit had secretly rescued Sister Jude from Briarcliff. Jude eventually becomes part of Kit's family, creating strong ties with his two children. Jude dies in Kit's home six months later from an apparent brain tumor. Kit develops pancreatic cancer and is taken away by the aliens, never to be seen again. Johnny confronts Lana after the interview by pointing a gun at her and reveals that he is her son from her one-time rape by Dr. Thredson. Lana ultimately convinces Johnny to put down the gun before shooting him herself. In the final scene, there is a flashback to the first episode, "Welcome to Briarcliff," in which Jude tries to convince Lana to give up her desires to interview the killer Bloody Face.



What you saw in the [season one] finale was the end of the Harmon house. The second season of the show will be a brand-new home or building to haunt. Just like this year, every season of this show will have a beginning, middle, and end. [The second season] won't be in L.A. It will obviously be in America but in a completely different locale.

– Executive producer Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story's second season.[14]

In October 2011, the FX Network renewed American Horror Story for a second season. In December 2011, series co-creator Ryan Murphy announced his plans to change the characters and location for the second season.[15] He did say, however, that some actors who starred in the first season would be returning. "The people that are coming back will be playing completely different characters, creatures, monsters, etc. [The Harmons'] stories are done. People who are coming back will be playing entirely new characters," he announced.[14]

In May 2012, Murphy revealed that the setting for the second season would be an institution for the criminally insane that Jessica Lange's character operates in the 1960s,[16] called Briarcliff Manor and located on the East Coast.[17] In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy spoke about originally wanting to set the season in prison, "I think at one point as we were spitballing season two before we landed on the asylum idea, we had actually talked about doing the second season in a prison but then Alcatraz came along and stole that idea. It was never very definitive, but I always liked that idea. I think an insane asylum for us was probably much more effective."[18]

Talking about the season, Murphy commented, "It's a completely different world and has nothing to do with season 1; there's not a mention of season 1... The second season is set in a completely different time period."[19] He later said, "Everyone looks so different; people who were enemies last year are allies this year. The sets are amazing. It's 1964, so everything looks very different."[20]

"To me, last year was a family drama. This is our version of a workplace drama."

– Co-creator Brad Falchuk on the second season[17]

Murphy had also told TV Guide that there would not be any ghosts in the second season, "I think the story is horrifying," he said. "The story is a period piece in a mental institution based largely on truth, and truth is always scarier than fiction."[21]

In August 2012, Murphy announced the season's new name by stating, "We picked 'Asylum' because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted," he said. "This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real-life horrors."[22]

Previous consulting producer Tim Minear was promoted to executive producer and continued writing for the series, beginning with the season premiere.[23] He also scripted the season finale.


In March 2012, Murphy revealed that the second season had been conceptualized around Jessica Lange, saying, "This will really be the Jessica Lange show, so I'm very excited about it. We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress."[24] She portrayed Sister Jude, an apparent sadistic nun. Zachary Quinto, who had a recurring role as Chad in the first season, was confirmed as one of the leads in March 2012.[25] He portrayed Dr. Oliver Thredson, a psychiatrist with groundbreaking treatment methods that go against Sister Jude's. Comparing his new character to his previous one, Quinto said, "He's much more grounded and in control."[26] At the PaleyFest 2012, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe were confirmed to return as main cast members for the second season.[27] Paulson portrayed Lana Winters, a lesbian reporter whose girlfriend is coerced by Sister Jude into having her committed to the asylum, Rabe portrayed Sister Mary Eunice, an innocent and loyal second-in-charge to Sister Jude, and Peters portrayed Kit Walker, a man who's accused of murdering his wife, Alma (Britne Oldford), but he claims aliens abducted her. Murphy had stated that Peters, "who was last season's ultimate badass bad boy," would be the hero of the show this season.[16]

It was reported in March 2012 that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine was in final negotiations to appear in the second season and that he would play Leo, a "contemporary character and half of a couple called "The Lovers," according to Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.[28] Levine revealed to E! in June 2012 that his character is "newly married" and would go with his wife on their honeymoon. "I don't want to tell you too much... but it's gory."[29] Jenna Dewan-Tatum played his wife, Teresa.[30] In April 2012, Lizzie Brocheré was cast to play Grace, a character described originally as "a fierce, ferocious, extremely sexual, and dangerous wild-child sexpot" to rival Jessica Lange's character, but the role was later heavily revamped.[31] In May 2012, James Cromwell signed on to co-star as Dr. Arthur Arden, a man who works in the asylum,[32] and who is revealed to have been a Nazi. Chloë Sevigny played the role of Shelley, a nymphomaniac whose husband has her placed in the asylum.[33]

In June 2012, Joseph Fiennes joined the main cast as Monsignor Timothy Howard, a possible love interest for Jessica Lange's Sister Jude.[34] Later that month, Chris Zylka was cast to play Daniel, who was touted as "the most beautiful boy in the world and a deaf-mute";[35] however, Zylka was later replaced by an unmentioned actor, due to his reluctance to shave his head for the role.[36] Britne Oldford was cast in the recurring role of Alma, Peters' character's supposed dead/missing wife.[37] In July 2012, Mark Consuelos was cast as a patient named Spivey, who was described as a degenerate bully.[38] Also in July, Clea DuVall was cast as Wendy, a school teacher and Lana's girlfriend,[39] and Franka Potente was cast in an unspecified role, which was later revealed to be Anne Frank / Charlotte Brown.[40]

In August 2012, Blake Sheldon was cast in the dual role of Devon and Cooper – both described as "tall, thin and psychopathic." Ultimately Sheldon would portray only Cooper.[41] Murder House actress Frances Conroy guest-starred as Shachath, the Angel of Death. Eric Stonestreet was scheduled to guest star this season as a killer, but his appearance never came to fruition.[42] Mark Margolis recurred as Sam Goodwin, while David Chisum and Amy Farrington guest-starred as a caring husband and a troubled mother, respectively.[43] In mid-October, Ian McShane joined the season in the recurring role of Leigh Emerson, a psychotic man who murders people while wearing a Santa Claus suit; he has a vendetta against Sister Jude.[44] Dylan McDermott appeared during the second half of the season as Johnny Morgan, the modern-day Bloody Face.


Principal photography for the second season began on July 17, 2012.[24] The exteriors for the second season were filmed in Hidden Valley, Ventura County, California, a rural area outside Los Angeles.[45] The exterior filming of Briarcliff was done at the Old Orange County Courthouse.[46] Series production designer Mark Worthington stated, "It's referred to as Richardsonian and Romanesque. It's named after an architect named Henry Hobson Richardson. He developed the style in the 19th century. It's circular arches, heavy stone. It's creepy, great for horror. It's dark, dark shiny brick. That's how we got away from all the hospital light stuff. There's still an institutional feel to it."[47]


Critical response[edit]

American Horror Story: Asylum has received positive reviews from critics. It scored 65 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 23 reviews.[48] The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 84% approval rating with an average rating of 7.27/10 based on 44 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "American Horror Story: Asylum crosses boundaries to shock and scare with sexy subplots and some innovative takes on current social issues."[49] James Poniewozik, from Time, said of the early episodes of the second season, "AHS: Asylum feels like a more focused, if equally frenetic, screamfest. It's also gorgeously realized, with a vision of its '60s institution setting so detailed you can smell the stale air and incense."[50]

Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post said, "It's to the credit of Asylum's writers, directors and cast that the emotional pain of the characters often feels as real as their uncertainty and terror."[51] However, Verne Gay of Newsday gave the season a C grade, writing that it "has some good special effects, just not much of a story to hang them on."[52] Linda Stasi of the New York Post thought this season was "over the top", stating, "I need to enter [an asylum] myself after two hours of this craziness."[53]

In a round-up of outstanding entertainers and programs of 2012, Jess Cagle of Entertainment Weekly praised "its ballsy, go-for-broke, don't-tax-the-attention-span-of-any-gnats-who-might-be-watching approach", writing, "You know a show has a lot going on when the occasional appearance of extraterrestrials is no more surprising than spotting a Prius on Modern Family. FX's grand experiment American Horror Story came howling back for its second terrifying season with less of a story...than a macabre, unforgettable, discordant symphony of images and characters... American Horror Story: Asylum, set mostly in the 1960s, took the current zeitgeist – with all its free-floating fear, nefarious undercurrents, and outrageous anxiety – skinned it alive, and turned it into a lamp to illuminate our collectively twisted psyche and voracious appetite for distraction."[54]

American Horror Story (season 2): Critical reception by episode
  • Season 2 (2012–13): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[55]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In its second season, American Horror Story: Asylum was nominated for 89 awards and won 28.

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2012 17th Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or TV Film Evan Peters Nominated
Best TV Series – Genre American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated
IGN's Best of 2012: TV[56] Best Sci-Fi/Horror Series Nominated
Best TV Actress Jessica Lange Nominated
4th Dorian Awards[57] TV Performance of the Year Won
TV Drama of the Year American Horror Story: Asylum Won
LGBT-Themed TV Show of the Year Nominated
Campy TV Show of the Year Nominated
2013 3rd Critics' Choice TV Awards Best Movie or Miniseries Nominated
Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Jessica Lange Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Zachary Quinto Won
James Cromwell Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Sarah Paulson Won
Lily Rabe Nominated
19th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Jessica Lange Nominated
24th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series American Horror Story: Asylum Won
29th TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series, and Specials Nominated
39th Saturn Awards Best Syndicated/Cable TV Series Nominated
Best Actress on TV Sarah Paulson Nominated
Best Supporting Actress on TV Jessica Lange Nominated
70th Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Film Nominated
65th DGA Awards Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Michael Rymer (for "Dark Cousin") Nominated
American Film Institute Awards 2012 TV Programs of the Year American Horror Story: Asylum Won
17th ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards TV Movie or Miniseries Mark Worthington (for "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2") Won
60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards[58] Best Sound Editing: Short Form Sound Effects and Foley in TV Episode: "Welcome to Briarcliff" Won
17th Online Film & TV Association Awards[59] Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Jessica Lange Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Zachary Quinto Won
James Cromwell Nominated
Evan Peters Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Sarah Paulson Won
Lily Rabe Nominated
Best Motion Picture or Miniseries American Horror Story: Asylum Won
Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Won
Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
Best Music in a Non-Series Won
Best Editing in a Non-Series Won
Best Cinematography in a Non-Series Won
Best Production Design in a Non-Series Won
Best Costume Design in a Non-Series Nominated
Best Makeup/Hairstyling in a Non-Series Nominated
Best Sound in a Non-Series Won
Best Visual Effects in a Non-Series Won
Best New Theme Song in a Non-Series Won
Best New Titles Sequence in a Non-Series Won
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Jessica Lange Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie James Cromwell Won
Zachary Quinto Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Sarah Paulson Nominated
65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Mark Worthington, Andrew Murdock, Ellen Brill (for "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2") Nominated
Mark Worthington, Edward L. Rubin, Ellen Brill (for "Welcome to Briarcliff") Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Chrisi Karvonides, Conan Castro (for "Madness Ends") Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie Michael Goi (for "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2") Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie Fabienne Bouville (for "Nor'easter") Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie Monte C. Haught, Janis Clark, Stacey K. Black, Natalie Driscoll, Michelle Ceglia Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Ryan Murphy, Kyle Cooper, Juan Ruiz Anchia, Kate Berry Nominated
Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries or Movie Eryn Krueger Mekash, Kim Ayers, Silvina Knight, John Elliot Nominated
Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special Eryn Krueger Mekash, Mike Mekash, Hiroshi Yada, Christopher Nelson, Kim Ayers, Silvina Knight, Christien Tinsley, Jason Hamer Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Gary Megregian, Steve M. Stuhr, Jason Krane, Christian Buenaventura, Timothy A. Cleveland, David Klotz, Andrew Dawson, Noel Vought (for "Welcome to Briarcliff") Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Sean Rush, Joe Earle, Doug Andham (for "Welcome to Briarcliff") Nominated
2nd PAAFTJ TV Awards*[60] Best Miniseries or TV Movie American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated
Best Lead Actress in Miniseries or TV Movie Jessica Lange Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie James Cromwell Nominated
Zachary Quinto Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie Sarah Paulson Nominated
Best Cast in a Miniseries or TV Movie Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Lizzie Brocheré, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange Nominated
Best Directing for a Miniseries or TV Movie Michael Rymer (for "Dark Cousin") Nominated
Best Writing for a Miniseries or TV Movie Brad Falchuk (for "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2") Nominated
Best Artistic/Visual Achievement in a Miniseries or TV Movie Michael Goi (cinematography), Mark Worthington (production design), Andrew Murdock (art direction), Elen Brill (set decoration), Monte C. Haught (hair), Lou Eyrich (costumes) (for "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2") Nominated
Best Technical Achievement in a Miniseries or TV Movie Stewart Schill (film editing), Jason Piccioni (visual effects), John Bauman (sound mixing) (for "Madness Ends") Nominated
Bram Stoker Award 2012[61][62] Superior Achievement in a Screenplay Tim Minear (for "Dark Cousin") Nominated
27th ASC Awards[63] Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Motion Picture/Miniseries Michael Goi, ASC (for "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2") Nominated
BMI Film & TV Awards 2013[64] BMI Cable Award Charlie Clouser Won
Cesar Davila-Irizarry Won
29th Artios Awards[65] TV Movie or Miniseries Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Eric Souliere (Associate) Nominated
49th CAS Awards[66][67] Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – TV Movie or Miniseries Sean Rush (Production Mixer)
Joe Earle, CAS (Re-recording Mixer)
Doug Andham, CAS (Re-recording Mixer)
James S. Levine (Scoring Mixer)
Judah Getz (ADR Mixer)
Kyle Billingsley (Foley Mixer)
(for "Welcome to Briarcliff")
15th CDG Awards[68] Outstanding Made for TV Movie or Mini-Series Lou Eyrich Won
5th Dorian Awards[57] TV Musical Performance of the Year Jessica Lange and cast (for "The Name Game") Nominated
8th HPA Awards[69][70] Outstanding Editing – TV Joe Leonard and Bradley Buecker, A.C.E. (for "Welcome To Briarcliff") Nominated
Key Art Awards 2013[71] Best Engagement American Horror Story: Asylum (for its Blu-Ray/DVD commercial, "AHS Asylum: Get Committed") Won
17th PRISM Awards[72] Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Substance Use Episodes: "Nor'easter", "I Am Anne Frank: Part 2", "Dark Cousin" Won
TV Guide Awards 2013[73] Favorite Villain Zachary Quinto (as Bloody Face) Nominated
Women's Image Network Awards 2013[74] Outstanding Actress Made for TV Movie/Miniseries Jessica Lange Nominated
2014 Society of Camera Operators Awards 2014[75][76] Camera Operator of the Year – TV James Reid, SOC Nominated
25th PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form TV Brad Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, Chip Vucelich, James Wong Nominated
Bram Stoker Award 2013[77][78] Superior Achievement in a Screenplay Brad Falchuk (for "Spilt Milk") Nominated
64th ACE Eddie Awards Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for TV Stewart Schill, A.C.E. (for "The Name Game") Nominated

* The Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalists never announced the winners.


The first episode of the season gained a 2.2 ratings share among adults aged 18–49 and garnered 3.85 million viewers,[79] marking the highest numbers for the series and the highest numbers for the night's cable competition.[80]

Home media[edit]

American Horror Story: Asylum – The Complete Second Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 13 Episodes
  • 4 Disc Set (DVD)
  • 3 Disc Set (BD)
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
  • Runtime: 554 Minutes
  • The Orderly
  • What is American Horror Story: Asylum?
  • Welcome to Briarcliff Manor
  • The Creatures
  • Deleted Scenes
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)[81] October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)[82] November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)[83]


Digital singles[edit]

Year Song Performer Episode Notes
2013 "The Name Game" Jessica Lange "The Name Game"
Note: Released by 20th Century Fox TV Records.


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