The “Damien” Season 1 finale airs tonight on A&E at 10pm, but the network has yet to either renew or cancel the fledgling horror-drama series spun off from the 1976 horror film, The Omen.
Executive-produced by Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”), “Damien” stars Bradley James (“Merlin,” “Homeland”) as Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien – now a 30 year-old war photographer – must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist.
As the reluctantly dark protagonist is drawn deeper into the truths behind who and what he is, those around him who learn too much or get too close find themselves befalling a variety of horrific, sudden deaths.
Oscar nominee Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon A Time”), stars as Ann Rutledge, a powerful woman with a mysterious background who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny.
Meanwhile, the Vatican has its own plans to ensure that Damien is stopped before any apocalyptic biblical prophecies are realized, dispatching armed assassins along with a zealous nun played by Robin Weigart (“Sons of Anarchy”) to “keep tabs” on him.
Omid Abtahi (“Better Call Saul”) stars as Amani Golkar, a close friend and colleague of Damien’s whose loyalty comes into question when he finds out who Damien really is, and Meganlyn Echikunwoke (“House of Lies”) stars as Simone Baptiste a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when her sister dies a mysterious and sudden death after getting too close to Damien.
Rounding out the cast are David Meunier (“Justified”) as suspicious detective James Shay, and veteran actor Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”) as John Lyons, a power-broker and former White House chief of staff who helped raise Damien after his parents deaths and whose sinister goal, it seems, is to be Damien’s right-hand man during the presumed impending apocalypse.
Throughout the series, Damien wrestles with the truth of his lineage – he’s a man struggling to cope with the very dark idea that he is, in fact, Satan’s spawn and that his pre-ordained destiny is to be the bringer of the Apocalypse.
In tonight’s intense season finale, titled “Ave Satani,” Lyons and Rutledge target Damien’s inner circle, prompting him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Will Damien choose to embrace his dark side and become more of a willing Antichrist than we’ve seen up until now?
It certainly feels more like the beginning of Damien’s story than the end. As to whether or not fans will get to see Damien’s full ascension to power realized, ultimately leading to an epic showdown between good and evil, is yet to be determined.
In the meantime, check out the preview for the Season 1 Finale of “Damien”:
“Damien” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios (“Homeland,” “Sons Of Anarchy”) for A&E Network. Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”) serves as writer and executive producer via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman (“Lights Out”), who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive produces through his company, Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield (“Queen of the South”) also serves as executive producer. Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominated director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) directed and executive produces the first episode.”