**This article, as always, is 100 percent “Outcast” spoiler free**
Well, here we are folks. The season finale!
It’s always bittersweet, isn’t it? You spend 10 weeks with these characters, getting to know them and suddenly, before you know it, it’s all over. And we’re left to lie in wait for however long until the shiny new season comes to us like a blinding light in the dark abyss. A savior, pulling us into an oh-so-familiar, loving embrace. It’s a wonderful feeling, no?
Unfortunately, now isn’t the time for wonderful feelings because today, at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT, we look deep into the cold, dead eyes of the season finale of “Outcast,” and it’s going to be a solid 32 weeks or so until we get to hang out with Kyle and all the other demon-folk again.
To say this week’s grand finale opens with a bang would be a drastic understatement on my part. It opens with more of a horrifying bloody mess that will stick with you and make you audibly gasp if you have any soul left. The first five minutes had me wincing and shirking away from my computer screen, not wanting (yet totally wanting) to subject my eyes to what was happening on the screen.
I’m still not sure if I was so affected by this due to the generally upsetting nature of the opening sequence of the season finale or because I chose to watch it at 11:35 PM, in a completely darkened apartment, wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Regardless, it’s something to be seen.
Things come to a head almost immediately, as the realization that Reverend Anderson was right all along begins to finally creep into the minds of those that have doubted him all along. Sidney reveals his grand plan, leaving Kyle and everyone he cares about in immediate danger.
I’d like to leave it at that, as the last 25 minutes or so of this pulse-pounding season finale need to be experienced completely first hand. All of the loose threads come together (sort of. It is Kirkman. Do we need to talk about the finale of the last season of “The Walking Dead”?!) and it’s one hell of an ending. It also forever makes the hymn “This Little Light of Mine” much creepier than it ever has been. So, thanks for that; I won’t be able to visit my super conservative grandmother any more without having flashbacks to “Outcast” and demonic possession.
So, with this season of Cinemax’s “Outcast” coming to a close, I turn it to you – the humble reader. What do you foresee happening next season? What’s next for Kyle? His family? Let’s get a dialogue going in the comments below. I’d love to hear your theories and suspicions.
“Outcast” airs its season finale tonight on Cinemax, at 10 PM ET/ 9 PM CT.
Feel free to take the conversation over to Facebook! And remember that little voice in your head telling you the difference between right and wrong? It’s not your conscience; you’re possessed and you just don’t know it yet.
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