Although the timeline from its source is a tad askew – Bradley James is clearly a decade younger than his 1976 film counterpart would be now – it is still firmly rooted in the original story, with both flashbacks and concepts from The Omen scattered liberally throughout this opening episode. There are fundamental differences too however, the major one being that Damien is unaware of his ancestry or purpose, which serves as a hook to draw viewers less familiar to the material into the plot as it progresses and he learns of his role as the Antichrist.
The Beast Rises airs on A&E at 10/9c on March 7, below are a few dialogue teasers to see you through until then, if you want to have a guess at who said what I will let you know if you are correct in the comments. Please don’t forget to come back after the episode to vote in our poll and tell us your thoughts.
“Your father wanted answers about the beast. The false messiah, described in the Book of Revelation”
“I saw. She grabbed your face and said “Damien, I love you.””
“You expect me to believe there’s really a God, really a Devil, and I’m on the wrong side. Bullshit!”
“She did something. I, I saw memories from my childhood, when I was a kid. When my parents…an accident that happened"
“The road runs through Damascus. That’s where St Paul saw the risen Christ, and the whole world swept away”
“The key is to always maintain a presence, without letting people knowing you’ve been there, all along. Right over their shoulder. Every step of the way”
“I asked everyone who lived in that camp, no-one had ever seen her. I found something else. I’m back in New York, I’ll text you my address. You’ll want to see this”
“He was a diplomat was he not? Many expect the beast to come from the world of politics”
“I’ve located a doctoral student who was working with him at the time. He might be worth talking to”
“I had it translated, it’s Latin. She’s saying, “Here’s my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.””