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The 'Evil' Season 2 Finale Has a Scream-Inducing Cliffhanger

It was a perfect way to wrap up a great, gross season.

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This post contains major spoilers for the season 2 finale of Evil.

The second season finale of Evil had me up off the couch and screaming. It’s rare that a TV show has that effect on me these days, but Evil is not your average TV show. The series, which jumped this season from CBS to Paramount+, is a special thing. It’s a monster-of-the-week procedural, all the while keeping you hooked with character tension that can drive you up the wall in a good way. It’s a throwback to the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files, when television could be, above everything else, just freaking fun.

Describing just what this most recent episode does so well has me sounding like SNL‘s Stefon. This episode has it all: Cannibals, satanic cults, creepy dolls, a demonic pop-up book, SCTV legend Andrea Martin, and, of course, priest sex. To that last point: Evil saved its most gasp worthy moment until the very end, finally following through on the fucked-up Sam and Diane will-they-won’t-they when it would be as messy as possible.

Yes, David Acosta (Mike Colter), now a full-fledged Catholic priest and not a priest-in-training, starts making out with his partner Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers). It’s bad enough that he waited to act on his impulses after going through with his ordination, but to make it even worse, Kristen has just confessed to the murder of Orson LeRoux (Darren Pettie), the probably possessed serial killer who was taunting her and her children. David hears her confession, offers her penance, and then they start making out. Absolutely wild shit.

Often when long-brewing romance is finally consummated, it can spell a certain sort of doom for the show. It’s the Moonlighting curse, after all. But, luckily, that likely will not be a problem for Evil. There’s absolutely no way for David and Kristen to be a happy couple. David will be reeling from the guilt of his sin; Kristen is a) still married and b) maybe just a tiny bit still possessed.

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The good news is that Evil has already been renewed for season 3, so there’s no worry as to whether we’ll be left hanging on this or the many other cliffhangers. After all, showrunners Robert and Michelle King still haven’t fully explained what’s going on with the demonic cult that it seems Kristen’s mother Sheryl (Christine Lahti) is a part of, along with her ex Leland Townsend (Michael Emerson).

Turns out the Poveglia Codex, a document that has been looming over all of the spooky stuff happening on screen, is a “map of 60 demonic houses,” according to the intensely devoted nun portrayed by comedy genius Martin. The sigils each represent a house, and each house master must secure its successor by literally being consumed. That’s the reason why Mitch Otterbean (Taylor Trensch)-the grad student David, Kristen, and Ben (Aasif Mandvi) have been investigating-is so driven to cannibalism. In the finale, he’s invited to a Satanic shindig with Rosemary’s Baby vibes over at Leland’s, where he’s offered a taste of the flesh of a dead body tattooed with one of the Codex’s symbols. Sheryl is there, having been inducted into this cult by her and Leland’s mysterious friend Mr. Tragoren (Tim Matheson).

It’s juicy, lore-heavy stuff that also probably somehow connects to Kristen’s daughter Lexis (​​Maddy Crocco), who was conceived at the demonic fertility clinic and who has been visited (and possibly hypnotized) by Leland.

But all of this plays second fiddle to the tongue hockey that drives us toward the credits. From the start of the show, Herbers and Acosta have had irresistible chemistry, but it was also always clear that if characters ever got together, the consequences would be terrible. The Kings saved the big moment for when Kristen and David are each at their most vulnerable and the spiritual consequences of their transgression would be most damnable. You want to cheer, but you also want to recoil. It’s scream-inducing TV at its very best.

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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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