Entertainment

Everything You Need to Remember for 'Evil' Season 2

It's back and moving to Paramount+.

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After what felt like an eternal wait-the devil deals in eternity, of course-Evil finally is premiering its second season Sunday, June 20. The series first debuted on CBS in 2019, gained new fans when it came to Netflix last year, and now starts its second season on its new home of Paramount+. (Yes, keeping up with platforms can be tricky.)

To be fair, Evil never felt like a perfect fit at its original network, where NCIS and Chuck Lorre still reign. The show from The Good Wife/Fight producers Robert and Michelle King is a genuinely scary sorta-procedural about a skeptical forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) who teams up with a priest-in-training (David Acosta) to determine whether people are possessed. It’s heavily plotted, which means if you watched a while ago you might be taken back by just how much you need to remember heading into the second season.

The first episode picks up right where we left off with Herbers’ Kristen Bouchard testing her own demonic levels by putting a cross against her palm-which promptly burns her. Here’s what else you need to remember.

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Kristen may have killed Orson LeRoux

Kristen very well may be a murderer. The first season begins and ends with a focus on Orson LeRoux (Darren Pettie), a serial killer who gets off and starts to threaten Kristen and her four daughters. In the finale, Orson claims he’s a Christian now and calls Kristen to make scary-sounding amends, but at the same time he gets in touch with everyone’s favorite devil worshipper, Michael Emerson’s Leland Townsend, who provides him with keys to Kristen’s house.

Kristen comes home one night to find her daughter Lexis (Maddy Crocco) asleep in the entryway and a big basket of candy with an apology note from Orson and the number 9. She grabs a climbing pickaxe out of her closet and leaves. The next time we see her she’s arriving at the hospital to watch the woman whose fetus they were attempting to exorcise give birth. Her partner Ben (Aasif Mandvi) notices blood on her leg, which she casually wipes off. Later, her detective friend Mira Byrd (Kristen Connelly) calls her to let her know Orson has been bludgeoned to death and his wife is the suspect. Kristen acts appropriately surprised.
 

She also may be possessed

The revelation that Orson is dead prompts Kristen to do a little test on herself. She takes a rosary out of her drawer and places it on her palm. The cross burns her. This, paired with David’s latest vision, doesn’t bode well for Kristen’s soul. David took some psychedelics-the way he gets in touch with God-and sees an image of Kristen walking across a field. But instead of stopping when she reaches him, she keeps approaching the Demon Therapist, the horned creature who communicates with Leland, and may or may not be the actual freaking devil.

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Leland Townsend is marrying Sheryl Luria, Kristen’s mom

Speaking of Leland, he proposes to Kristen’s mom (played by the great Christine Lahti). Though Kristen asked her mother to choose between her relationship with Leland and her family, she’s pretty firmly on the side of Leland. Sure, she insists that they make her family accept him before agreeing to marriage, but that seems relatively half-hearted.
 

RSM Fertility is up to something demonic

In the season finale, David finally puts together a running thread through a number of the cases they encountered: RSM Fertility. That’s where the woman who believed she was impregnated with a possessed fetus went for in vitro. It’s also how the child who tried to drown his sister was conceived. It’s how the woman who confessed to murders her husband committed in the middle of her exorcism got pregnant. Ben and David make this connection when they find a stuffed bear from RSM that plays the demonic Christmas carol that had warped the brains of some schoolgirls.

RSM’s logo also gives David another clue: It’s an Euler triangle, also known as a nine-point circle, a symbol he’d seen in his visions that he was told by prophet Grace Ling (Li Jun Li) to connect with Matthew: 13. Nine is considered an evil number. It’s also the number Orson signed on his card to Kristen. Something is amiss, and David thinks it’s a plan to infect children with demonic energy before they are even born.

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Lexis Bouchard is bleeding from the mouth

You know who also was conceived using RSM? Lexis, one of Kristen’s daughters, and something strange is going on with her. She’s been able to interpret her mother’s dreams, she starts bleeding at the mouth, and she answers the door when the rest of her sisters are sleeping and is greeted by the Demon Therapist. Is Lexis battling forces that want to make her do Satan’s bidding?
 

David was stabbed

You’ll also want to remember that David is still recovering from the wounds he sustained when he was attacked in front of a nativity scene by the subject of an old case.
 

David and Kristen are still investigating the Poveglia Codex

Described as a “map of evil” featuring sigils “representing a demonic hierarchy on Earth,” David and Kristen obtained images of the Codex from Vatican representatives who came to New York. They’ve identified some of the symbols, but there are still more to find.

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

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

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

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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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