EXCLUSIVE | 'War Of The Worlds' Episode 4 sneak peek gives a chilling perspective on the alien invasion
The Anglo-French series doesn't hold back when it comes to depicting violence and cruelty and even in the quieter moments, it manages to find a way to inject some unsettling tension
This article contains spoilers for 'War of the Worlds' Episode 4
EPIX's 'War of the Worlds' is perhaps the most terrifying adaptation of HG Wells's classic sci-fi story ever created. This Anglo-French series doesn't hold back when it comes to depicting violence and cruelty and even in the quieter moments, the show manages to find a way to inject some unsettling tension.
An exclusive sneak peek released by EPIX to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) showcases one such moment. On the surface, it's a very basic scene where two characters share their thoughts about the alien invasion that has decimated humanity, but things take a creepy turn in just a matter of seconds.
The invading aliens have already killed off most of mankind, leaving only small pockets of survivors, including Jonathan Gresham (Stephen Campbell Moore). In the scene, we see Jonathan speak with a police officer (Mathieu Torloting), swapping theories about why the aliens are killing people.
The police officer's suggestion that the aliens may just be killing for the sheer pleasure of it is little more than a throwaway comment but even then, the scene speaks volumes. Until the invasion, humans hadn't faced a threat of this magnitude and were happily slaughtering each other in the name of race, religion, or whatever justification they could find.
While the idea that it might take such a massive tragedy for us humans to truly realize the horrors we inflict upon each other is tragic, the truly horrifying part of the scene is something much worse. It's the realization that perhaps if the roles were reversed, and humans discovered an alien planet ripe for murder and conquest, we might become the ones engaging in merciless slaughter just because we like it.
The cast list for the show includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Adel Bencherif, Emilie de Preissac, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Ty Tennant, Bayo Gbadamosi, Stéphane Caillard, and Aaron Heffernan, among others.
'War of the Worlds' airs Sundays at 9 PM ET on EPIX.