Evil has returned. This season of ‘The Exorcist’ is bigger and scarier than ever.
PREVIOUSLY ON ‘THE EXORCIST’…
If you haven’t finished Season 1 of The Exorcist, then watch now. If you have, I sure hope you’re ready for a new possession chapter. The season premiere of FOX’s thriller drama is approaching quickly and we want you to be prepared. We even came up with a handy checklist for you just in case. Do you have your rosaries? Holy water? Blanket to hold on to? Great. Let’s do a quick recap of the series before the Season 2 premiere next Friday.
Introduced first to the Rance family, we learn quickly that the Rance’s are not your ordinary family from Chicago. We have Angela, a scared mother who believes that one of her daughters, Kat, is depressed. She runs to Father Tomas for help, claiming that something is not right with her daughter and that there are voices in the walls in her house, but he brushes her off. Bad mistake. We learn soon that Kat is not depressed- in fact, none of the Rance family is. Instead, it’s Casey, Angela’s youngest daughter, who is possessed by a demon- Captain Howdy to be exact. It isn’t until Father Tomas sees Casey’s possession first hand in the Rance’s attic, that he enlists the help of our other favorite priest, Father Marcus.
Father Tomas and Marcus are undeniably the main characters of the series, despite the Rance family’s prominence in Season 1. After the two join together on the Rance’s possession case, they become closer than ever, to say the least. Tomas, honest and naive, deals with his inner sinful habits (remember his love affair with Jessica?) and spends a majority of his time learning to become confident in his abilities to exorcise demons. Father Marcus, on the other hand, the rougher and more natural exorcist, helps Tomas to discover that together, they are unstoppable.
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Additionally, a weird and honestly, still confusing storyline of a group of people who want to kill the Pope shows up. Nicknamed “The Friars of Ascension,” the group’s main goal was to integrate themselves with powerful demons. But, let’s forget about that for now. As each episode passes, Casey becomes more and more integrated with her demon. Meaning, it becomes harder and harder for her to become free from Captain Howdy’s wrath. Henry, Angela’s husband, helps Father Tomas recognize this by informing him that Casey actually is possessed by some figure. It takes a while to convince Marcus, but after a while, he too attempts to save Casey without killing her. As Captain Howdy becomes closer and closer to Casey, taking over the way she speaks and thinks, it is revealed that Angela is the main cause for her daughter’s possession. As a child, Angela made Captain Howdy her “imaginary friend.” She was very lonely as a child, considering her mother did not have a good relationship with her, and Angela invited him “in” out of naivety. Yup, Angela was possessed as a child too by the same demon that possessed Casey. Crazy, right?!
In an attempt to save her daughter after failed exorcisms occur, Angela decides to let the demon inside her again by telling it “Okay.” In a careful yet frightening exorcism by Father Tomas and Father Marcus, Captain Howdy successfully exists Casey and possesses Angela within seconds. Unbeknownst to Tomas and Marcus at the time, the two believed they had gotten rid of this demon for good. They could not have known what would happen next. After several episodes of madness, Tomas, Marcus, Casey, Kat, and Henry take on Captain Howdy for one last time. Convincing Angela from the little ability she had to control herself, exorcise Captain Howdy in an intense one on one fight. Angela, the only person who can free her family, decides to actively state that Captain Howdy cannot control her anymore. She says out loud that she is strong without him, and that she does not need him to be happy. This ruins Captain Howdy completely, and ultimately, kills him instantly.
Season 1 ended with The Rance’s smiling as they sit on the porch of their house. Tomas and Marcus leave together in a back alley, and we know where that leaves us. You guessed it! Season 2. On this season of The Exorcist expect bigger things. While we won’t be seeing the Rance’s, you can anticipate a scary new possession case taken on by Tomas and Marcus.
- Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera): One of our two leads. Handsome and sweet, yet has never successfully exorcised a demon…until now. Originally from St. Anthony’s Parish, Tomas leaves and helps the Rance family rid themselves of Captain Howdy, a demon who has been alive for centuries with Father Marcus’ help.
- Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels): Our second lead and badass exorcist. He knows all the ropes of exorcisms and demons and guides Tomas as they defeat Captain Howdy. We’re pretty sure he’s indestructible.
- Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan): A priest, legend, and eventual friend to Marcus. Bennett works for the Vatican and has all the inside scoop. Somehow, he always gets tied up in Tomas and Marcus’ plans. I wonder what he’ll be up to this season…
- Andrew “Andy” Kim (John Cho): An ex-child psychologist, the leader of the foster home Tomas and Marcus arrive at. We’re assuming the possession takes places here…
- Mouse (Zuleikha Robinson): A leader and mystery. She wants to take down the Catholic Church’s “patriarchy.”
- Caleb (Hunter Dillon): A foster child in Andrew Kim’s foster home. Although he’s blind, he’s extremely clever. He’s one to look out for.
- Verity (Brianna Hildebrand): Strong and caring beneath her hard exterior. She’s another foster child in Andrew Kim’s foster home. I have a feeling she’s going to save everyone.
- David Johnson “Truck” (Cyrus Arnold): Another foster child in Kim’s home. He looks younger than he really is and often sleepwalks.
- Shelby (Alex Barima): The last of Kim’s foster children. He struggles in keeping his faith but loves his family. Similar to Angela, he’s the one who notices strange things around the house… Hmm.
- Grace (Amélie Eve): She’s quiet, young, and anxious when she’s put in scary situations. She’s the newest child to join Kim’s foster family.
- Rose (Li Jun Li): A social worker, and friend of Andrew. She comes to the foster home to determine if it is safe for the children to live in. I think we know what will happen when she arrives…something…scary.
- Captain Howdy (Robert Emmet Lunney): If we’re being honest, he’s a myth, icon, and legend…. Captain Howdy is a demon who has been alive for over 2,000+ years. He integrated himself with Angela, Casey, and then back to Angela again. After several exorcising attempts, he died a painful death. Thank goodness. Hopefully, he won’t return in Season 2, right?
- Chris MacNeil (Sharon Gless): Sweet, Angela’s mother. She didn’t deserve to die but was killed by Captain Howdy when he was integrated with Angela.
Season One Survivors – we hope you’re well:
- Angela Rance (Geena Davis): The mother figure and leader of the Rance family home. She is badass, complex, and straight up awesome. Angela is the first one to approach Tomas for help and she is the one who ends up saving her family from the possession of Captain Howdy.
- Casey Rance (Hannah Kasulka): A strong girl, daughter of Angela, and also just as badass. Even after being possessed by Captain Howdy, she always persevered and made it out alive. We hope she’s alright wherever she is.
- Katherine Rance (Brianne Howey): Casey’s sister, Angela’s daughter. Kat, although not as large of a character as her sister, was always supportive of her family. She would and did everything to make sure her family was safe.
- Henry Rance (Alan Ruck): Angela’s husband. He’s mysterious and has memory issues. Despite this small flaw, he’s a rock in the Rance family home.
- Jessica (Mouzam Makkar): Tomas’ lover and friend? Jessica was the source of all of Tomas’ inner turmoil and almost stops his from being a priest.
What else can you expect? Big changes and a new possession story.
FOX has recently released a few promotional videos of what fans can expect in Season 2, and boy do they look GOOD. According to the network, this season will follow an entirely new possession case in a new city. Tomas and Marcus on the road? That should be an interesting watch… Check out the official synopsis of the premiere below and watch a sneak peek of next Friday’s episode.
“Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise…Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.”