So… where do we go from here?
Coming off the second season finale this past Friday night, we have the same fear we had when the first season of “The Exorcist” wrapped up last year. That fear, of course, is that the season finale was actually going to end up being a series finale. And in the wake of Disney buying up 21st Century Fox, well, we’re extra worried this time around.
What does the Disney buyout mean for the future of “The Exorcist”?
“This Fox/Disney merger is awful for a number of reasons, and I can’t imagine it means good things for the future of our show,” creator Jeremy Slater tweeted this past Thursday, ahead of the Season 2 finale. Now we don’t only have to worry about the ratings killing the show, but also a massive behind the scenes shakeup.
“You know, I don’t think anyone knows at this point. I think this Fox-Disney deal… it doesn’t mean great things for 20th Century Fox as a studio and Fox as a network, but you also never know,“ Slater subsequently told Entertainment Weekly. “Now, we’re not necessarily on brand for Disney, but they’re also going to need a lot of content to fill their streaming platforms and networks, so I don’t know. I think there’s a lot of options.”
An official decision won’t be made until early next year, but both Slater and producer Sean Crouch seem hopeful that even if “The Exorcist” leaves FOX, it’ll find a new home.
“We definitely have passionate fans at the network and at the studio — we just don’t have the audience — and so I don’t know whether the option is to roll the dice and just keep producing the show because it’s something they believe in, or maybe taking our very loyal fan base that would probably follow us anywhere we go,” Slater told EW. “I think that would be hopefully an attractive prospect if you’re a streaming service or something like that that wants to be competitive in the horror genre. I feel that we’ve made the best horror show on TV for two years running and the fans that have discovered us will follow us. I remain optimistic.”
So what if “The Exorcist” does get a third season, no matter the home? When Season 2 ended, Tomas partnered with Mouse, while Marcus left to find himself… to find God.
“I think it’ll be totally interesting to see what will happen to Tomas being on the road with a brand-new partner, especially knowing how different Mouse is from Marcus in terms of methodology and ruthlessness, and everything else,” Slater teased the potential third season in a chat with TV Line. “She’s going to train [Tomas] in very different ways and use him in different ways.”
He added, “Where Marcus was very much constantly worried — almost to the point of obsession — with protecting Tomas, Mouse doesn’t have those same nurturing instincts. In Mouse’s eyes, Tomas is a weapon to be used in this larger war. He’s an asset that she could potentially control, and so I think that’s a really fun interesting dynamic, and so the question is: How long can you keep those two stories separate if Marcus doesn’t necessarily know where Tomas and Mouse are.”
The fate of the show all rests on the shoulders of Disney now. All we can do is sit back and hope for the best. “The Exorcist” is one of the best shows to come out of the recent horror TV boom, so here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of Marcus and Tomas.