As the creator of The Walking Dead comic series and a major player on the AMC adaptation, Robert Kirkman is someone who knows what it’s like to keep audiences entertained. His upcoming Cinemax horror drama Outcast is going to do just that, although you might find it a little more disturbing if you’re more afraid of psychotic possessions than zombies. You can actually see for yourself in an early look at the impressive (and NSFW) first episode of the season, which Cinemax has released on a variety of sites. Throw holy water on all the light switches and check it out below!
Cinemax is putting the episode out two weeks ahead of its premiere to kick off the word of mouth campaign, and while YouTube is an obvious place to find it, the network is also putting on a pretty huge Facebook premiere to get the word out about Outcast all over the world. Tonight, Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa will share the first episode through Facebook Live to over 60 countries in the two continents, making it the first series to do so. (The remainder of the Season 1 episodes will then air on Fox networks in those regions.)
But maybe you want to find out a few things about Outcast before watching, and that’s totally understandable, especially if you’re looking to waste some time at work or if you have younger children around. Because this show is most definitely not good for kids and bosses, in case its place on Cinemax wasn’t recognizable enough as a clue.
Patrick Fugit plays Kyle Barnes, a man whose life in the present is one of misery as he deals with the multitude of problems from his past that can’t and won’t leave him alone. His life has been plagued by evil possessions since he was a child, and his relationship with his mother suffered because of it, to use a giant understatement. It also destroyed his life with his wife and daughter, and his return to his hometown brings all these issues back to the surface, both for Kyle and for the gossiping people talking about him behind closed doors.
Kyle’s sister Megan (Wrenn Schmidt) welcomes him back with open arms and wants only the best for him now that he’s returned, although he isn’t very receptive to the warmth. Megan’s husband Mark, played by David Denman, isn’t nearly as fond of Kyle as Megan is, and that dynamic slightly resembles elements of Rectify.
To attempt to ease his supernatural pains, Kyle seeks out the assistance of the big-minded Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister), who is familiar with Kyle and his mother’s history. But the rev has been talking to someone new who may also be very familiar with it, only from the perspective of the evil entity. And what Kyle discovers from this and later experiences is that the world may be in more danger than anyone could imagine.
The premiere, titled “A Darkness Surrounds Him,” was written by Robert Kirkman and directed by the burgeoning horror director Adam Wingard, who put together awesome flicks like You’re Next and The Guest. It was a huge boost in faith to see just how good this episode was, especially since we already know Season 2 is coming. Don’t miss out on this.
Assuming demons and other otherworldly threats haven’t completely destroyed the planet, Outcast will make its proper debut on Cinemax on Friday, June 3, at 10 p.m. ET. To see when everything else is hitting the airwaves in the coming months, check out our summer TV schedule.