Mike Flanagan’s Latest Netflix Series midnight Mass Premiered on September 24, 2021, and a week later, it’s still what everyone is talking about. Flanagan, whose previous hits include The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bailey Manor, And Gerald’s Game, Knows how to mix the right amount of emotion with his fear. His work often leaves the audience contemplating the more important questions in life, and midnight Mass is no different.
[SPOILER: This article contains spoilers from Midnight Mass.]
What happened in that dark cave in Jerusalem?
In midnight Mass Episode 3, viewers get a glimpse of all the unexplained mysteries happening on Crockett Island. In a flashback, viewers watch Monsignor Pruitt’s visit to the Holy Land. With his old age and poor health, the priest somehow enters a cave in the desert. It is there that he discovers a winged animal with glowing eyes that attacks him.
As he begins to recite the Lord’s Prayer, his mind is fixed on the word “angel” because of the creature’s wings. As he is dying on the floor of the cave, the demon uses the claw to open one of his wrists. She feeds her blood to the old man.
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Father’s blind faith leads him to believe that the creature is an angel
It makes sense that in his dying moments, the priest’s mind does whatever it can to make sense of what is happening. However, most viewers might think, “It’s 100% a vampire… not an angel, sir.” Winged monsters make him not an angel, but a creature can do bring him back to life.
Angels are mentioned many times in the Bible, and almost every time one sees an angel, it frightens. It occurs in the books of Genesis, Daniel, Matthew, Luke and Acts. Maybe, the priest in midnight Mass Thought about this when he was being attacked.
In a selfish but understandable move, the priest takes the monster back to his home on Crockett Island. There he uses the creature’s blood, mixing it with the communion he gives to his congregation. Miracles begin to happen, and Father Paul’s (Hamish Linklater) desperation to heal the mother of his sick child, Mildred, refuses to see what the creature really is.
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In the final episode of the series, Father Paul, with the help of the ever-terrifying Bev Keane (Samantha Sloane), presents the demon to the congregation as an angel. That’s right before they hand everyone the poisoned cups so they can die and be resurrected.
In Christianity, the Bible is very clear that no one lives forever. However, the father is very desperate in his efforts to cure Mildred. He somehow thinks that the winged demon is God’s way of doing this.
This creature sucks the blood of its prey. It revives people with its blood and those who drink the blood of demons themselves start craving for blood. In other words, they become vampires.
Not that the word is spoken in episode seven midnight Mass. It’s possible that vampires don’t exist in this universe, like how the walking dead Never uses the word “zombie”.
But the more likely explanation, and the underlying theme of the entire series, is that the community’s blind faith led him to stray from what he had learned his entire life. Being Catholic, they believe in the Bible and its rules. However, they suddenly ignore all of that as they are tempted to put an end to the fear of death forever.
Flanagan has gone into detail about inspiration behind midnight Mass. Growing up as a Catholic, many rituals such as drinking the blood of Christ reminded him of vampires. midnight Mass However, there is much more than a simple vampire story. It is a story of grief, determination, and ultimately believing in what is right, no matter what the rest of the world is doing.