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 Edited by Alamin Yohannes

Revisiting how the season 1 finale changes the life of Katja Herbers’s forensic psychologist as we head to season 2. 

Kristen Bouchard
is in a tricky situation when Evil season 2 begins

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Kristen lost so much by the end of season 1, especially as her family got wrapped up in the work she was doing investigating evil. 

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When newly freed serial killer Orson LeRoux started harassing Kristen and her children, it’s implied that she killed him. Also, we see a crucifix burn her skin. 

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With all of the changes, Kristen, who was a supernatural skeptic at first, is facing major indications that something science can’t explain is going on. 

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“Or to put it in another way, that she protected her daughters,” co-creator Michelle King says when asked about whether Kristen has been corrupted by the implied act of murder. 

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Evil co-creator

— Robert King

“We’re looking at how mothering can creep over into villainy because mothering involves protectiveness.”

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The showrunners are interested in “the tragedy of people who start out as highly moral and then, often for the most moral reasons, corrupt themselves.”

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The Kings explored similar territory in The Good Wife with Alicia Florrick, and The Good Fight. Minus the exorcisms, of course.

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Kristen’s story was originally going to be more of a slow burn. This game-changing moment for the character was originally envisioned for the second or third season. 

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— Robert King

“We thought there was going to have to be something where the lead character found herself being influenced by the darker elements that she’s confronting.”

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— Robert King

“I think the only twist is that we didn’t think we’d get there so early.”

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Aside from exploring what’s next for Kristen, Evil will also be bringing Aasif Mandvi’s Ben to the forefront in the new season. 

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“Ben is a fascinating character, as is [Aasif Mandvi] as an actor,” Robert King says, “As someone who is scientifically based, how do you deal with a girlfriend who really thinks that she needs to detach herself from a phantom sister?”

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Evil season 2 premieres on Paramount+ on June 20.

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