AHS: The True Story Behind Asylum’s Weird Name Game Scene

The scene sees Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) approach a drugged Jude and ask if she remembers her, telling him she is “Lana Banana”, as she used to call her. Lana asks Jude if she knows her own name, and Jude turns to the jukebox and plays “The Name Game”. Jude then imagines herself wearing a blue dress, singing to the rest of the inmates, who quickly join her, dancing around her. “The Name Game” scene in Asylum was Jessica Lange’s idea, and Ryan Murphy explained to EO in 2013, Lange asked if she could have a song, as Jude was a lounge singer before becoming a nun. Murphy added that he “always loved this songand they figured out a way to make it work, and that was mostly because at the time, Jude was in the middle of a psychotic break. Vulture that same year, Lange shared that she asked Murphy for the musical number not just because of Jude’s past but because “everything we do is so dark”.

“The Name Game” scene in AHS: Asylum definitely stood out, as it was a particularly depressing season, but it also felt a little off precisely because its tone was completely opposite to that of the rest of the season. Asylum“The Name Game” number has been praised for bringing some levity to Briarcliff and the season in general, but it also makes Jude’s story much sadder, as it’s a strong reminder of the person. who she was and who she became. through the horrors the Briarcliff staff put him through. “The Name Game” will be remembered as one of the lightest moments of american horror storythough it seemed like a weird addition at first.


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The scene sees Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) approaching a drugged Jude and asking her if she remembers her, telling her she’s “Lana Banana”, as she used to call her. Lana asks Jude if she knows her own name, and Jude turns to the jukebox and plays “The Name Game”. Jude then envisions herself in a blue dress, singing to the rest of the inmates, who quickly join her, dancing around her. “The Name Game” scene in Asylum was Jessica Lange’s idea, and Ryan Murphy explained to EW in 2013 that Lange asked if she could have one song, as Jude used to be a lounge singer before becoming a nun. Murphy added that he “had always loved that song” and they found a way to make it work, and it mostly did because, at that moment, Jude was in the middle of a psychotic break. Speaking to Vulture that same year, Lange shared she asked Murphy for the musical number not only because of Jude’s past but because “everything we do is so grim”.
“The Name Game” scene in AHS: Asylum definitely stood out, as this was a particularly depressing season, but it also felt kinda off precisely because its tone was the complete opposite of that of the rest of the season. Asylum’s “The Name Game” number has been praised for bringing some lightness to Briarcliff and the season in general, but it also makes Jude’s story a lot sadder, as it’s a strong reminder of the person she used to be and the person she became through the horrors the Briarcliff staff put her through. “The Name Game” will be remembered as one of the most lighthearted moments in American Horror Story, even if it felt like a strange addition at first.

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