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Last Night’s Chilling “The Exorcist” Twist Explained

That creepy little girl with the mask just became so much creepier.

FOX’s “The Exorcist” has a way of going places you never expected it to, most notably with the totally unexpected Season 1 reveal that Geena Davis’ Angela Rance was actually Regan MacNeil from the original film! Almost exactly one year later, the show has once again blown our minds with a crazy twist.

Throughout the first four episodes we’ve gotten to know Grace (Amélie Eve), a little girl at Andrew’s (John Cho) foster home who’s not exactly like the other kids. Grace has severe agoraphobia, refusing to leave the house or even interact with her brothers and sisters. Oh and Grace often likes to hide her face by wearing a handmade pillow mask.

*This is your spoiler warning*

So what’s the deal with Grace? Well, last night’s episode ended with the totally out of left field reveal that… Grace isn’t actually real. Yeah, they Sixth Sense‘d us.

In the chilling final moments of Episode 4, titled ‘One for Sorrow,’ Verity (Brianna Hildebrand) went upstairs to what we had thought was Grace’s bedroom, discovering a room loaded with creepy artwork and rotten food. Suddenly it all made sense why Grace only talked to Andy: only Andy can see her, and the room appears normal only to him.

As creator Jeremy Slater explained on Twitter after the episode last night, the idea here is that Grace is merely the form a demon has taken to seduce and possess Andy.

So for anyone asking why we haven’t had a demonic ‘Salesman’ this season, there’s your answer,” Slater tweeted. “She’s been here all along.”

After a one week hiatus, “The Exorcist” is sure to be crazier than ever when it returns to FOX on Friday, November 3. Slater promises a “monster of an episode“!

Preview ‘There But for the Grace of God, Go I’ below.



  • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The Exorcist Season 1 was great, but Season 2 is knocking it out of the park. Well acted and well paced, this Season is thoroughly entertaining.

    I do have a couple of concerns though; one is that this series is on Fox, and their track record does not fill me with confidence that this series will be renewed for a 3rd Season. Secondly, this series is, shamefully, struggling to find an audience, and just when it starts to build momentum they put it on hiatus for a week!

    However, I’m loving what I am watching so far, and I’m looking forward to what else this Season may bring.

    • DS Ullery

      Right on! Could not have stated it better. Season 2 came roaring out of the gate with confidence after this series blindsided everyone with how excellent it was last year and has only gotten better with every episode.
      Pardon the irony here, but the fact it doesn’t have a wider audience is a sin.

    • Will Ft. The Roots

      Agreed. Having it air on Fridays probably isnt doing it any favors either.

    • Jeff

      And they have apparently planned a 7 season arc! Hopefully, if Fox cancels, they can move it to a better Network. If this show gets Hannibaled I was be so sad 🙁

  • DaddyKo

    The show kicks butt. That twist was obvious tho from Ep 1.

    • Saturn

      Can you honestly say you spotted the twist in the first episode?

      Remember, Zozo is watching….

      • DaddyKo

        Yah when you’ve watch as much crap as I do or have seen stuff like Fight Club, Mr. Robot, etc. you notice the signs like when only the main character is acknowledging someone.

        • Saturn

          Ok, I guess it’s possible,
          The whole Regan twist in season 1 I spotted in the first episode, so I’ll take your word for it.
          Personally though I missed the season 2 twist.

  • Ah, so Andy will be possessed as the big bad this season. Hopefully, the demon is half as menacing as Pazuzu.

  • I love this show ! (#TeamMarcus…is this still a thing ?)
    However I wish the possessed were a bit more creepy and less goofy..
    Nonetheless the whole season 2 plot is pretty solid imo. If Andy turns into the big bad boys it could led us to some very interesting situations.

  • Simon Allen

    It’s a great second season so far and this twist really creeped me out ….now I know why I was so freaked out by old “pillowcase head ” right from the start .

    • J Jett

      aren’t you very excited to hear our girl Maria Walters may be coming back? LOL. 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        Positively exhilarated !

        • J Jett

          LOL. 🙂

    • Jeff

      PillowFase 😉

      • Simon Allen

        I see what you did there !

  • guest

    wow no episode next week means the show if finished for the month.
    just in time to make lots of empty space for halloween. smh.

    • Fred Hopkins

      They will not be shown due to the World Series. Once the world series is over it returns.

  • J Jett

    i love this show and i guess i need to go back and re-watch these season 2 eps again but NO ONE has seen Andy talking to imaginary Grace?! NO ONE has seen him carrying around no one? i could have sworn that there were scenes where Andy is talking to Grace in front of others. maybe i’m wrong.
    i am loving the female exorcist ‘Mouse’ and i was SO freaking happy to hear that Maria Walters will(?) be coming back into the picture!
    oh and why no ep. next week? is it because STRANGER THINGS season 2 drops that night?

    • Julie Rudnick

      Nope, stupid World Series for baseball is being broadcast by Fox.

      • J Jett

        oh. thanx for the info, Julie! 🙂

        • Simon Allen

          Am I the only one who doesn’t really care about Stranger Things coming back ?

          • Necro


          • DukeStKing


          • J Jett

            kidding. i’m so excited for season 2 to drop on Friday!

          • Simon Allen

            I’m sorry JJ ….we were getting along so well again !
            I just didn’t jump on the nostalgia trip with the first season . Its not that i found it bad it was just …ok and all the hype and hysteria that seems to be everywhere for the second season is getting on my nerves, especially when a really great series like The Exorcist isn’t getting the attention it deserves .

  • Will Ft. The Roots

    The show is a lot better than I believed it was going to be. Loving season 2 so far.

  • Necro

    love it! Love It! LOVE IT!!! I’m not going to sit here and say that I wasn’t worried about this season, cuz I was. Worried about it being stale and repetitive. Season one was brilliant and I just questioned what direction could season two go that would grab and draw me in like the first, well after the first few eps this year I was intrigued a little bit more after each ep, and after this week it has me locked! Besides last night’s reveal there’s still so many ways this could go, I really can’t wait to see how it plays out!

  • Rachel Wilson

    Well, that just blew season 1 out of the water. Dang.

  • mark long

    Scheduling! I don’t think Friday night is the dead land it once was, with DVR, streaming, etc… BUT, I have never figured out how execs don’t schedule better. fox should get rid of the played out Sunday stuff and have this follow The Walking Dead, assuming that is your demo audience. What night are those people watching TV? Then, program the appropriate genre on the same night. I hope the Exorcist gets enough traction to keep going!

  • KJ Ozborne

    LOVE THIS SHOW…just sayin….

  • Eric

    Best show on TV currently…FACT!

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