We are thrown into the horror when we witness Father Marcus as a young boy facing his first ever possessed person – alone. Bought by the church when he was very young, this horrifying act is how they trained their future priests and Marcus knew from an early age he would be able to help rid tortured souls of their demons. Back to the present day and he is on his way to Tomas’ house having left the sanctuary of St Aquinas’ without the permission of the church - one of his required demands from them after he was excommunicated when his last performed exorcism resulted in a child dying. Perhaps against his better judgement he knows he cannot allow someone to suffer when he can offer them help.
When Angela Rance discovers her daughter Casey sitting alone at night and speaking in a voice that is not her own, she pleads with Father Tomas for help. Taking the video Angela recorded of her daughter to a higher power he is understandably upset when he is told she needs a psychiatrist, not a priest.
Having seen Casey for himself Father Marcus is desperate to help her and her family and tries to persuade Tomas to work with him, not against him. When a spate of brutal killings with a grisly link to satanic ritual – organs, genitalia and skin from hands and feet removed and taken – occur in one night all on the same street, the two priests are forced to admit there is something much bigger and more devastating than they could have ever imagined at work in the small town.
In episode 3 we delve a little deeper into Kats’ car accident and we find the ‘friend’ who died was becoming more than just a friend. We also get to see the demon, or the salesman as he is referred to, was the one who caused the crash. It is insinuated by Father Marcus that the demon originally wanted Kat as his vessel but when he could not gain access he had to make do with Casey. Believing the man is her friend and will not harm her Casey allows him gradually more and more access to her which he takes with relish, insisting she dress provocatively in a stolen outfit for a memorial for Kats' friend.
There are a couple of scenes where it seems he has an unhealthy sexual interest in the young woman and at first it is unclear if she reciprocates the feelings. Later we see she does and then he begins to gain more control of her, compelling her to attack a man which, although not entirely unprovoked makes for a very intense and unsettling watch. She exhibits unnatural strength as the possession deepens and her capacity and enjoyment for violence grow at an alarming rate.
Will Father Marcus be able to save Casey before it is too late?