After months of hearing about postponements, finally there’s some good news. We have a release date for the upcoming Stand miniseries.
The Stand Miniseries Release Date Coming in Winter
Better news: we will see the CBS All Access show before the end of the year. The first episode will drop on Thursday, December 17, on the streaming service. Subsequent episodes–eight of them in total, not counting the premiere–will follow weekly. As I previously mentioned, up and coming horror scribe Stephen King will write the final episode, writing a different ending than before.
Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg and Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid, image via CBS All Access
Again, though, Josh Boone and Ben Cavell wrote the bulk of the episodes. And we’ll all get a peek at Boone’s writing skills this week, when The New Mutants hits theaters. Meanwhile, Ben Cavell most recently wrote for the show SEAL Team, which he also created. In addition, he was a longtime writer for Justified, writing, among other things, the teleplay for the classic episode “Thick as Mud.” (You might know it better as the one where Dewey has four kidneys.)
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Pandemic)
As you can see from my previous story (from September), The Stand miniseries has been in the planning and production stages for some time. As in, way longer than this global pandemic in which we find ourselves. It’s just dumb luck that we stumbled into a global sickness just as CBS was finishing their series about one.
me and the boys at Walmart, image via CBS All Access
Because if you haven’t read King’s massive tome, then that’s what it’s about, basically. A military-grade (read: highly lethal) flu strain is accidentally released into the world. Mondays, am I right? It goes on to wipe out most of the planet. The few survivors left have to band together to, uh, keep surviving. However, they have to face the kind of struggles you see on shows like The Walking Dead, where not everybody wants to be good or kind in the apocalypse.
To that end, many of the survivors dream of of two people. One is the supernatural bad guy, Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård). To keep this in TWD terms, he’s like if the Governor or Negan were authentically and completely evil and not just, you know, big sour babies.
Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, image via CBS All Access
On the other hand, there’s Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), a 108-year-old woman who believes she must carry out God’s will. But in a good way, not like in a sleeper cell kind of way. Anyway, the survivors are all drawn to one or the other. It all culminates in a battle of good versus evil, where people choose if they’re going to take a stand *WINK* or not.
The miniseries version may hold some surprises, of course, including that ending. We do know, though, that we will join the story already in progress. In other words, when we meet the characters, their pandemic has already came and went. Would that it were true for us by then, too.
Again, The Stand will premiere on CBS All Access on December 17. And grattis to Alexander Skarsgård, who turned 44 this week.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the upcoming Stand miniseries. Tell us in the comments or on social media, from a social distance.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.