Whether by the power of Christ or curiosity, horror fans will be compelled to tune in to the Season 2 premier of The Exorcist. Beware: there may be SPOILERS for Season 1 below, so if you haven’t seen it, turn your head. (Get it? Because in the first movie, when Regan…? Nevermind) Watch the teaser above.
By all accounts, big changes are in store for the series. For starters, the show is trading its digs in Chicago for the atmospheric woods of the west coast. According to Den of Geek, this time around, Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) will face down demons that menace a foster family on a private island off the coast of Seattle. While all the ingredients for little girls in wells are there, show creator Jeremy Slater told the Hollywood Reporter:
Anytime you’re dealing with water, any time there’s creepy shit happening in the woods, anytime there’s haunted houses, you’re naturally going to get into J-horror tropes a little bit. But for me, it’s more early Steven Spielberg than J-horror because that’s my childhood and that’s where my love of horror came from. I said if we came back for season two, I wanted some Poltergeist in there. I want The Shining in there.
Major casting changes have been announced for The Exorcist as well. None of The Rances are slated to return. This includes Oscar-nominated actress Geena Davis, a major draw for the show. In the plus column is John Cho (Harold and Kumar) as harried foster parent Andrew Kim. Li Jun Li (Blindspot, Quantico) has also been announced as an addition.
Season 2 of The Exorcist will also see a change in the dynamic between Ortega and Keane. Keane in particular seems to have an interesting arc ahead this Fall. He was excommunicated early in Season 1, and stripped of his clerical collar. The implications of that disassociation with the church will be explored more deeply in the coming story arc. In the same interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Slater confirmed that Keane’s flirtation with a male bartender in Season 1 wasn’t just a throwaway moment:
I think part of the thing that makes him an interesting character is that here’s a guy who has lived his entire life ascribed to these vows of chastity, celibacy, poverty and everything else. Those rules no longer apply.
The new season kicks off September 29th, at 9:00pm ET, on FOX.