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Last season, CBS debuted one of the most disturbing shows to ever grace broadcast television when it put Evil on our screens. The show follows a small group of investigators for the Catholic church, who try to uncover truths about cases of potential miracles, possession and more freaky occurrences. Unfortunately, one of the group's non-believers, forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), may have done something very bad by the end of Season 1. So, the question remains, will Kristen be totally corrupted at the start of Season 2? Aasif Mandvi, who co-stars as fellow non-beliver Ben Shakir, has an answer for us.
Those who spent the 2019-2020 TV season watching Ben, Kristen and their cohort, Catholic priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter), try to make sense of several reports of demonic possession, miracles and a wide swath of other weirdo happenings reported to the church, may have many doubts about what's gone on. But, one thing we were always sure of is the how much our three heroes want to do the right thing and find the truth. When the events of the finale (possibly) led Kristen to do something even most non-religious folk would consider very wrong, we were left thinking that maybe she'd actually become possessed herself.
When I had the chance to speak with Aasif Mandvi ahead of the Season 2 premiere, I asked about the events of the finale and whether or not viewers could expect to see a changed Kristen in the new season, and one who will have a lot more of Evil's patented...well, evil, in her. And, I'm not going to lie, guys, things don't sound like they'll be 100% easy for Kristen or us in Season 2, because Mandvi said:
Well, I'm not going to give away anything. But, I will say that, you know, we left it in this very tense place where, has she switched over to the dark side? I'm just going to say, there's a likelihood that maybe she has, and that will be very interesting for the viewers.
Ughughugh! Alright, I know that this is hardly a complete indictment of Kristen's future behavior, but it sounds like the situation (which is already pretty tricky, creepy and generally fucked up) is going to get worse before it gets any better. Season 2 of Evil should be "interesting" indeed.
In case your memory regarding the events of the Season 1 finale of Evil have been taken over by news of celebrity divorces, pandemic preparations, wavy-haired superheros in period clothing and other assorted tidbits of info, let me refresh things for you. If you're still watching the season, though, know that SPOILERS are coming up fast and furious...
Ready? OK, so by the final episode of Evil's freshman season, Orson LeRoux (one of the possibly demonic serial killers who's been groomed to perfection by head Big Bad, Leland Townsend) is out of jail and stalking Kristen with ominous threats to her family. Dude has literally been hanging around outside of her home, and while she talked to him and had Ben install new locks and a better security system on her house, she's, understandably, angry and nervous.
When Kristen returns from work late one night to find her door open, her (creepy) daughter Lexis asleep right by the door and a gift basket from Orson, Kristen grabs a climber's ice pick and heads off. Later, when she reconvenes with David and Ben, our girl seems quite shaken and has unexplained blood on her leg. When she gets back home, Kristen's homicide detective friend Mira informs her that they found Orson bludgeoned to death. After a super jittery Kristen closes herself in a bathroom, she grabs a rosary, puts the cross in her hand, and it burns the ever-loving shit out of her.
Alright, END SPOILERS. From what Aasif Mandvi told me, we can only expect Kristen's walk on the guilty / evil / demonic side of the fence to go on for far longer than either we or her friends David and Ben would like. It was pretty clear by the end of the finale that Kristen wasn't so keen on her behavior, either, so I'm fully anticipating a Season 2 filled with Kristen trying to fight whatever new, deadly impulse is trying to take over.
Evil will return for Season 2 on CBS at some point in the (hopefully) not too distant future, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates. In the meantime, you can see Season 1 on CBS All Access and Netflix, and be sure to check out our fall TV premiere guide to see what else is coming over the next few weeks!