When will 'Evil' Season 2 return? Kristen's possession and demon therapist mystery still remain unsolved
The CBS drama culminated its first season on a note that had us worried for all the obvious reasons
CBS' 2019 procedural 'Evil' was not just about supernatural elements of horror. Mingling with demonic entities and possession was Dr Kristen Bouchard's (Katja Herbers) earnest attempt to explain horrific crimes with clinical psychology, as she herself started tiptoeing on the territory of becoming haunted by the same horrors she was trying to evade.
Her partner in solving crime was a priest in training David Acosta (Mike Colter), aided by contractor Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi). The debut season was greeted with stellar ratings and wrapped its 10-episode arc in January 2020, after which fans have been left impatient about the expected return with the already greenlit Season 2. Read on to find out when it comes back!
Where it left off
The CBS drama culminated its first season on a note that had us worried for all the obvious reasons. Serial killer Orson LeRoux (Darren Pettie) was out of prison and had shown up at Kristen's house. While it wasn't shown whether Kristen killed him, that she had unexplained blood on her led everyone to believe she had killed Orson for good. At the same time, a burnt cross mark had appeared on Kristen's left palm — teasing us with the possibility of her being possessed.
What we'd like to see
The connection between Kristen, her daughter Lexis and David seeing the same demon therapist that series antagonist and resident evil Leland Townsend (Michael Emerson) was seen to frequent in his dreams. Whether the demon therapist is real or just a figment of their imagination is uncertain, but how or why the people on the definitive good side of the spectrum keep seeing the same evil that Leland associates with therapy is a question we are anticipating answers for eagerly.
That, and of course Kristen's mother Sheryl (Christine Lahti), whose dance with the devil aka relationship with Leland saw her being gifted a fiery red dress as the two made love in a bed surrounded by flames. It was a clear connotation of Sheryl stepping over to the dark side. How she haunts her daughter and hunts down the children for offerings is something that fans would love to hog down in the second season.
When is it returning
Unfortunately, a release date for 'Evil' hasn't been announced yet. Season 1 debuted a year ago, on September 6, 2019, so by this time, if a second season had been fully shot, it would have rolled out. But given the pandemic and lockdown situation, it's understandable why CBS is yet to announce a release date. The sophomore installment has been set for the 2020-2021 season so if all goes great, fans can expect the newer episodes to roll out soon.
Mandvi, who plays Ben on the show, teased the release date in an August interview with Inverse, spilling "It's not up to me, you'd be surprised to know. There's a lot of conversations between the networks, unions, and New York state about safety. From what I've heard we'll start in the next few months. I hope sooner than later." Let's rest easy with that!