I’ll be the first to admit how incredibly skeptical I was at the prospect of converting the original 1973 masterpiece film THE EXORCIST into a television series, but I’m happy that Jeremy Slater and company completely proved me wrong and delivered a 10-episode series that acted as both a fresh new take on the material and a proper sequel, hence earning the right to be called THE EXORCIST.
It’s been quiet for months now regarding a potential Season Two. Odds were looking good. While the show didn’t start off with a huge viewership, at least by Fox TV standards, the positive word of mouth grew the fanbase out exponentially, and now… our prayers have been answered.
Deadline reports that Fox has given the greenlight for a second season of THE EXORCIST, having liked Slater’s pitch for where we’ll next see Father’s Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Marcus (Ben Daniels).
Details regarding the second season are still a mystery, however back in December, John Squires over at Bloody-Disgusting spoke to Slater, and Slater described how he would like to continue the story. He told B-D, “a potential season two would find Marcus, Tomas and Bennett tasked with helping a new family or a new case of possession. That doesn’t mean we’ll never see any of the Rances again, but I think the fans would feel disappointed and cheated if we simply brought Captain Howdy back for round three. The Rances have escaped this legacy of terror–for the time being, anyway–and it seems cruel to immediately drag them back for ten more episodes of suffering. Our challenge now is to create a new family that you care about just as much as the Rances, and to find ways to make their story feel just as compelling and unique as what came before.”
“We would always continue to expand our mythology moving forward. We know that Maria Walters and Superintendent Jaffey and Cardinal Guillot are still out there somewhere, but I think the conspiracy probably runs much deeper than that. When we left our heroes at the end of the first season, they were part of only a handful of people on the planet that know this conspiracy is taking place, that evil is infiltrating every level of church and state.”
If this is still the case, then it sounds like an intriguing direction to go!
I’ll leave you with, hands down, my favorite moment from the entire first season, which took place during the finale. Spoilers ahead, obviously. But if you’ve already seen it, then cheer along with me for Father Tomas one more time!