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Call it a vulgar display of power, but Fox's The Exorcist show just ignored the movie sequels and set itself up as the direct sequel to the original 1973 The Exorcist.

Geena Davis's protagonist in the 2016 The Exorcist TV show gave a revealing confession to Father Tomas in the fifth episode, "Through My Most Grievous Fault," in which she revealed her true identity:

"I can’t remember most of it, thankfully. Post-traumatic amnesia, it’s called. Afterwards, I just wanted to move on with my life, put it behind me. But my mother, she was always finding new ways use my story to make a buck. ‘This is the path God gave us. Use it.’ But I ran away from all that. I changed my name. I never told her where I went. I never saw her again. I reinvented myself. But it didn’t matter. No matter what I did. I chose, Angela. Like a name would protect me. That I dreamed that I could have a life, a chance. It didn’t matter. It wasn’t done with me. It’s coming for me, father. I know it. My name is Regan MacNeil."

Regan as a kid and an adult. Image: WB/Fox
Regan as a kid and an adult. Image: WB/Fox

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It's a cool twist to the show, and certainly a bold move to retain viewership for the ambitious Exorcist series. Of course, if we'd looked a little closer at Angela before, we may have noticed how closely the names are almost direct anagrams of each other:

A N G E L A R A N C E

R E G A N M A C N E I L

It's only a couple of letters off and, after her traumatic childhood experience with demons, it seems natural that Regan would have chosen a name like Angela.

Check out the promo for the next episode, "Star of the Morning," below:

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