We promised a mind-blowing twist, didn’t we?
FOX’s “The Exorcist” has been nothing but incredibly impressive so far, and last night’s “Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault” was a game-changer not just for the show, but also for the franchise universe it takes place in. We encourage you to watch for yourself before reading any further, so don’t say we didn’t warn you about spoilers.
Early on in the series, the events of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist were referenced, but aside from that passing mention, the show has had no actual connection to the film franchise. But that all changed in “Chapter Five,” which culminated with the mother of the possessed Casey Rance dropping a MASSIVE bombshell.
During a conversation with Father Tomas, Angela Rance (Geena Davis) revealed that she too was possessed as a child… in the 1970s… in Washington, DC. In the wake of the horrifying experience, she told Tomas, she was forced to change her name. Yes, Angela Rance revealed that she is none other than… Regan MacNeil.
I repeat: Geena Davis plays an adult Regan MacNeil in “The Exorcist.”
Furthermore, the episode ended with Regan’s mother, Chris MacNeil, arriving on the scene.
Prior to tonight, we had NO IDEA that “The Exorcist” was a direct continuation of the 1973 film, and you just have to admire the show’s restraint in waiting to tell us. Needless to say, it just became the most must-watch horror series on television, and the stakes for the next five episodes have just been raised considerably.
Well played, FOX. Well played.
“The Exorcist” returns Friday, November 4th.