The Exorcist Cast Teases What to Expect from Season Two

first_img Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 We’re now two episodes into the new season of The Exorcist, and it’s already gotten way scarier, way quicker than the first season did. We’ve already had a full exorcism, and we’re about to see another one. In a clip from this Friday’s episode shown at New York Comic Con, we saw Father Tomas and Father Marcus’ next mission. We also got a very brief glimpse of a new exorcist being introduced this season. One that has very different methods of killing demons.The first scene of the clip showed our two priests talking to a little girl. She tells them about a talking frog that only she can see or hear. The frog hides under her tongue, and when he gets mad, his teeth come out. That sounds like a pretty frightening possession already. Then the demon starts to take hold of the girl. She thrashes around on her bed while Fathers Marcus and Tomas begin the exorcism. You’ll be happy to learn we will have our first demon vomit of the season. The girl sits up and hurls into the priests’ faces. If that sounds gross to read about, just wait until you see it on Friday.The next scene shown picked back up the cardinal we saw Father Bennett accuse of integrating with a demon last week. It’s a tense, drawn-out scene where he speaks to a group of other possessed officials in the church. Each one is given a pastry that we saw somebody secretly sprinkle a communion wafer over. The church officials all eat their pastries and immediately start spewing blood. The server, whose face we still don’t get to see, burns the place to the ground.Brianna Hildebrand and guest star Amelie Eve (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)That, as the cast explained in the following panel, was Mouse. Played by Zuleikha Robinson, she’s a woman who wanted to become an exorcist, but was turned away by the Church. Remember, Catholics don’t allow women to become priests. As a result, she’s had to learn how to deal with demons herself. To hear the showrunners tell it, she’s not too concerned about saving the lives of the possessed. The plan for the rest of the season is that she’ll team up with Father Bennett for the conspiracy side of the story. Marcus and Tomas will handle the smaller, more personal exorcisms. The showrunners say it’ll be important for Bennett to team up with Mouse because, as we saw last Friday, playing by the Church’s rules doesn’t work out. From her perspective, the war is over. The demons have won. They’ve already infiltrated the highest levels of the Church. Mouse wants to root them out however she can. That usually means outright killing possessed people.The brief clip they showed us was bloodier than anything we’ve seen so far. We were told this Friday’s episode contains probably the most blood and guts of the entire season. It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the episode is directed by Ti West. Director of fantastic horror movies like The Innkeepers, West’s attachment means this Friday’s episode should be especially scary. Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any blood and guts in the rest of the season. New addition to the series John Cho says the show will have to earn its gory moments. “We can’t just throw blood and guts on the screen, every scene has to be there for a reason.” He says they want to be sure we care about the guts.Cho is thrilled to join a show where he gets to go into “strange emotional states.” He says because every scene is so tense and strange, the actors depend on each other more than on any other show they’ve done. “I’m having the time of my life, I feel like we’re making something special. We’re pushing the genre in many ways, doing something different on network television,” he said.John Cho (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)Season two has larger designs than season one, they told us. Showrunner Jeremy Slater said his biggest regret in season one was that they split Tomas and Marcus up too much. The show is at its best when they’re teamed up against a scary demon. In season one, Marcus spent most of his time investigating the conspiracy, and Tomas was dealing with the Rance Family. This season, they had to keep the conspiracy story going because it broadens the scope of the show. So they keep Marcus and Tomas together to fight individual demons, and pair Bennett up with Mouse to unravel the conspiracy. And the conspiracy goes deep. The demons have discovered that they don’t need to destroy the church if they can run it from within. And as we saw last Friday, they’re already there.On the subject of Mouse, it was important for the show to bring a woman in. “Any time you do a show about priests,” Slater said, “you risk it becoming a boys’ club.” They worried that if they only ever brought new female characters onto the show to be possessed, the story gets too reductive about the kinds of roles it allows women to play. They describe her as a badass whose methods make numerical sense. The priests spend three months saving one person. In that time, 50 more people are possessed. To her, the only way to win the war is to put a bullet between the eyes of the possessed and move onto the next person. Father Bennett is probably going to have a problem with that. They did calm audience fears that she would just be the cliche “strong female character,” promising that she would be as complex as anyone else on the show. We will learn all about Mouse, but it may take a while. Episode eight is the one that really dives into her past.Kurt Egyiawan (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)The Exorcist remains one of the scariest shows on TV, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. By the sounds of things, they have big things planned for the second season. Especially promising is that they plan to have all the character’s paths cross somehow, but the goal is not to get everyone in the same room. That, they said, is a recipe for a show about three men and one woman chanting over each other. It’d make for a great noise album, but not very interesting television. We’ll find out what they have planned as The Exorcist continues to scare us every Friday night.Oh, and Sense 8 fans will want to pay attention to this part. Alfonso Herrera was asked about the possibility of a third season after the movie coming this winter. His answer: “Lana Wachowski wants to go to a third season. Maybe that’s what’s going to happen. Probably.” You read that right. Sense 8 season three is a definite “probably.” Hey, that’s better news than we’ve gotten so far.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img

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