Byron Cohen/FX
Darren Franich
January 25, 2013 AT 12:00 PM EST

In the last week, two wacked-out genre fantasies came to an end. Fringe aired its two-hour series finale, a bipolar (and low-budget) episode that ended with a heart-tugging sacrifice and questions left hanging. Meanwhile, the 13-episode saga that was American Horror Story: Asylum ended with a decade-spanning bang. We dig deep into both endings. We compare the Fringe finale to Lost and Battlestar Galactica — is ambiguity better than specificity? And we really dive into Asylum. Comparisons to Stanley Kubrick and Alan Moore are openly insinuated, and feminism is discussed.

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