Last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Asylum was rather hauntingly beautiful. Many of the characters reached their threshold and decided their only escape from their harrowing fates is death. The woman who will take them to the next life is Angel of Death, played by the wonderful Francis Conroy. By the way, did anyone think she looked like a gracefully aged Dita Von Teese here? As the Angel, she arrived at her summoners’ side, cloaked in black, releases her black, outstretched, raven wings, kissed them and sent them off into the hereafter. Her interactions with these AHS characters were our favorite parts of this episode, so here are the Dark Angel’s three best moments:
1. The Devil and the Angel Face Off: One of the best moments of the episode was when Sister Mary/devil incarnate and the Angel of Death faced off. The two crossed paths after Miles’ death and circled each other like hawks over his dead body. The Angel knew that Sister Mary is “a nun perhaps, but not so simple. Something else resides in you, one like me, but fallen.” Though the devil and angel duality is cliched, these two actresses add freshness to the age-old conflict that made us want to see a clash between good versus evil again. We want a Conroy and Rabe rematch!
2. The Angel of Death and Lana Winters: Winters has had it rough throughout AHS, to say the least. Sister Jude subjected her to Briarcliff due to her sexual preferences, Bloodyface killed the love of her life, Wendy, and when Winters thought she’d escaped the horror that is Briarcliff, she found herself in Dr. Thredson’s cavernous basement, or shall we say, Bloodyface’s torture chamber. Winters wanted out, and the Angel of Death heard her prayers. “I don’t think I can do this anymore,” she whispered, as the Angel stroked her face. Before the spirit took her to the afterlife, Winters intercepted and realized her time isn’t now. Obviously, the writers can’t kill Winters yet. She’s not only a main character, but certainly one of the most redeeming ones. This journalist still has her story to crack, and we hope she can see the day when her Briarcliff scoop will make headlines.
3. The Nun and the Angel: Sister Jude’s trajectory throughout the season has been one of a fallen soul herself. Despite being an awful person (okay, we know that’s a big one), she still represented a strong woman as the head of Briarcliff, in charge of her own destiny. In an age when women were only beginning to receive recognition in the workplace, Sister Jude was the one ordering the men around. However, since leaving Briarcliff, Sister Jude has unraveled with no will to live. After imagining her own death, the Angel paid her a visit in a restaurant booth. Apparently, this isn’t the first time Sister Jude has wanted to die, but, the Angel noted, ”Your song was different this time.” Sister Jude said she was ready, but needed to do one last thing before the Angel took her away. She visited the home of Missy — the girl she killed in the hit-and-run to transgress her sins. As she was about to admit to the murder to the girl’s family, in walked Missy herself, alive and well. Since she knows she didn’t kill the little Missy now, we hope Sister Jude will skip death, regain enough strength to return to Briarcliff and take a vengeance on Dr. Arden, now that she knows he is a former Nazi officer.