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Madness Ends 

Johnny sets out to complete his father's work. Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Quinto ... Dr. Oliver Thredson
Joseph Fiennes ... Cardinal Timothy Howard
Sarah Paulson ... Lana Winters
Evan Peters ... Kit Walker
Lily Rabe ... Sister Mary Eunice McKee (credit only)
Lizzie Brocheré ... Grace Bertrand (credit only)
James Cromwell ... Dr. Arthur Arden (archive footage)
Jessica Lange ... Sister Jude Martin
Frances Conroy ... Shachath
Camille Chen ... April Mayfield
Joan Severance ... Marion
Brady Allen ... Thomas
Mark D. Espinoza ... Jorge (as Mark Espinoza)
Callder Griffith Callder Griffith ... Older Thomas
Nolan Gross ... Young Johnny


Johnny sets out to complete his father's work. Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

23 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Music: I Feel the Earth Move (Carole King), Jump, Jive an' Wail (Louis Prima). See more »


When Monsignor Timothy Howard makes the sign of the cross, he does it backwards. It should be forehead, heart, left shoulder, then right shoulder. He consistently does it backwards. See more »


Lana Winters: I'm tough but I'm no cookie
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Jump Jive An' Wail
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by Brian Setzer
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