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The Mist
The Mist title card.png
Created byChristian Torpe
Based onThe Mist
by Stephen King
Composer(s)Giona Ostinelli
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
  • Guy J. Louthan
  • Amanda Segel
CinematographyAndré Pienaar
Running time47 minutes
Production company(s)Dimension Television
Original networkSpike
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDigital
Original releaseJune 22 (2017-06-22) –
August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)
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The Mist is an American science fiction-horror thriller television series developed by Christian Torpe. It is based on the horror novella of the same name by author Stephen King.[1] The series aired for one 10-episode season on Spike from June 22 to August 24, 2017. On September 27, 2017, Spike cancelled the series.


An unexplained mist slowly envelops the town of Bridgeville, Maine, creating an almost impenetrable barrier to visibility. The residents of the town soon learn the situation is even more precarious as unexplained anomalies and phenomena in the mist attack and kill most who enter it, trapping several groups of people in a shopping mall, a church, and a hospital. Eventually, people begin to see apparitions in the mist from their past, fears, or guilt that help or kill them depending on how they react.

Cast and characters[edit]




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Adam BernsteinChristian TorpeJune 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)0.684[4]
Kevin Copeland and his wife Eve live in a small town with their daughter Alex. Alex is raped at a party and her friend Adrian tells her it was Jay Hiesel, the quarterback of the football team. A thick mist soon comes through town with some deadly inside that begins killing people. Eve and Alex are trapped at the local mall while Kevin is trapped in the police station with Connor, Jay’s dad and the sheriff and Adrian. Connor soon leaves Kevin and Adrian and goes to the local church where Nathalie Raven (whose husband was killed in the mist) and Father Romanov are hiding with several other people. Kevin and Adrian release two prisoners from the local jail: paranoid soldier Bryan Hunt (who knew about the mist and came to town to warn people about it) and mysterious drug addict Mia Lambert. At the mall, Alex is disturbed to find Jay is also trapped there.
2"Withdrawal"David BoydStory by : Christian Torpe
Teleplay by : Peter Macmanus
June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)[a]0.496[6]
At the mall, manager Gus Bradley takes control and decides to send someone in a hallway filled with mist to try to make contact using a radio. Eve is chosen, but another survivor Clint goes with her worrying his friends. While making contact, Clint soon turns on Eve who then is forced to kill him and runs out. Meanwhile at the police station, Kevin, Adrian, Bryan, and Mia escape and make their way to the church. Nathalie is still grieving her husband and begins to go a little crazy while Bryan and Mia strike up a friendship and Connor continues to mistrust Kevin and his group, to the point of locking up Bryan and Mia. At the mall, Jay finds that Clint’s friends have killed themselves.
3"Show and Tell"Nick MurphyPeter BiegenJuly 6, 2017 (2017-07-06)[a]0.428[7]
Kevin attempts to have Connor release Bryan and Mia so they can go to the mall. Connor refuses and later provokes Kevin into attacking him to give him an excuse to arrest him. Nathalie attempts to kill herself by going outside; Mikhail tries to stop her, only to be killed by the mist. Nathalie is pulled inside and claims to have seen God. Adrian eventually tricks Father Romanov and steals his keys, freeing the three, and they escape the church. At the mall, the group finds dog tags on the bodies of Clint's friends, and realizes they are military. They realize Wes, Clint's last remaining friend, is also military, and attempt to interrogate him, but he denies knowledge of what is happening. Eve decides to find another place in the mall so Alex can be away from Jay, while Jay attempts to convince Alex he did not rape her. Ted and Vic, the game store employees, decide to put the bodies outside to see what the mist will do. When Wes discovers this, the mall group decides to establish rules to follow. When someone suggests throwing out those who are a danger to the group, Eve, Alex and others leave for another part of the mall. Alex later releases balloons with messages tied to them.
4"Pequod"T.J. ScottAndrew WilderJuly 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)0.487[8]
Kevin and his group find a body as they escape to a gas station. They meet a man searching for his son who has a working car. When he shows them a picture of his son, they see it is the body they found. Kevin decides not to tell him, but Mia reveals his son is dead, and he shoots Bryan in denial. He allows them to take his car, but stays behind, supposedly to look for his son. At the church, Nathalie refuses to pray, and instead looks for a moth, seemingly believing in something other than God. At dinner, Nathalie reads up on the "Black Spring", an event which occurred in Bridgeville years ago in which nature killed people. She finds a spider and captures it in a jar. After Father Romanov kills the spider, more spiders appear in the jar, and Connor begins listening to Nathalie's beliefs. At the mall, Eve tells Kimi and Shelley she is happy Kevin is not there. Vic and Ted attempt to retrieve the bodies of the soldiers from outside using a harpoon gun, but the line breaks while Ted is outside, and his corpse is thrown through the door, breaking it and letting the mist into the mall. Vic escapes, while Alex and Lila are trapped in a bookstore. Lila is killed by a shadowy creature, but Alex survives. Vic is ejected from the mall, while Shelley rejoins the main group, believing Alex is a liar after she admits the shadow creature did not want her.
5"The Waiting Room"Richard LaxtonAmanda Segel & Christian TorpeJuly 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)0.538[9]
Kevin, Adrian, Bryan and Mia arrive at the hospital, where a doctor is able to treat Bryan. Kevin searches for Eve and Alex and finds his brother Mike wounded with a piece of rebar through his liver. Mia and Bryan grow closer, while Adrian finds a jock who bullied him, who he hooks up with in the bathroom. Mike asks Kevin to kill him to end his suffering. Kevin refuses and asks the doctor to treat him. The doctor informs Kevin that Mike will have to be treated in the OR, which the doctor will not go to, but agrees to provide instructions on a walkie-talkie to allow Kevin to do the procedure. Kevin and Mike reach the OR and Kevin performs the procedure, but on the way back, the gurney is knocked over, and leeches in the mist fall on them and enter Mike's injury. Kevin kills Mike out of mercy. Mia discovers another patient in the hospital was also a soldier who worked for Arrowhead, and is the real Bryan Hunt. He reveals to her the name of his attacker, Jonah Dixon, and gives a description of him which matches "Bryan". Mia distracts Adrian and steals the car keys from him, leaving the hospital. Jonah finds the real Bryan, who wakes up and recognizes him. In flashbacks, Kevin's devotion to Eve and Alex is shown, and it is revealed that he is not Alex's biological father.
6"The Devil You Know"James HawesNoah Griffith & Daniel StewartJuly 27, 2017 (2017-07-27)0.411[10]
Bryan attacks "Bryan", who overpowers him. Kevin and Adrian discover that Mia has stolen the car. When Kevin tries to find another vehicle, he is captured by Dr. Bailey, who is revealed to be feeding patients to the mist in an attempt to understand what it is. Kevin is sedated to slow his reaction to the mist and left in a room with it. He sees an owl saying "what?" and then himself before being rescued by Adrian and "Bryan", who kills Dr. Bailey. Meanwhile, Mia returns to her childhood home, where in her mist filled bedroom, she sees her mother, who tries to persuade her to kill herself. Mia refuses, breaks free of the mist, and escapes, returning to the hospital. At the mall, after distracting Alex from the situation, Eve decides to print flyers which state the government is coming, and distribute them to the mall to bring hope. Gus discovers her doing this, and helps her. While taking supplies from a camping store, Alex is locked in by someone who lights a fire. She is saved by Jay, who she accuses of having started the fire, which he denies. He asks to stay at the loading dock, due to the others having expelled Vic from the mall. The mall survivors find the flyers outside, and feel hope again. At the church, more people begin to believe Nathalie, who tells Connor her belief the mist is occurring because something in nature is wrong. After a talk with Father Romanov on the matter, Link attempts to murder Nathalie in the attic to stop her preaching, but fails and is locked in the attic with the mist, which kills him. Nathalie asks Father Romanov if he knew, causing the others to lose faith in him. At the hospital, the power fails, opening the doors and letting the mist in. Kevin, Adrian, "Bryan" and Mia attempt to get into the psych ward, the doors of which will stay shut.
7"Over the River and Through the Woods"Matthew PennDaniel Cameron TalbottAugust 3, 2017 (2017-08-03)0.400[11]
At the hospital, Tyler joins Kevin's group, and they are let into the psych ward by a man named Nash after Mia reveals her mother was a patient. After being rejected by Jonah, Mia tells him what Bryan told her, and implies her feelings for him, before asking him to help her get clean. Tyler apologizes to Adrian for bullying him in the past, and they sleep together, before Tyler wakes up to find Adrian missing. After Kevin finds corpses that Nash claims were evil, Nash says Adrian is evil too, and reveals himself to have locked Adrian in a room to kill him. Kevin convinces Nash he is evil, not Adrian, and trades himself for Adrian. They fight, and Kevin kills Nash. Mia's withdrawal causes Jonah to have flashes of his past. Tyler stays at the hospital while the others leave for the mall. At the mall, after hearing the main group threw Vic out, Eve plants a walkie-talkie with the group to listen to them. Gus is revealed to be hoarding rations in his office, and Shelley tries to turn the other survivors against Alex. At the church, after being beaten by Connor for allowing Link's actions, Father Romanov confronts Nathalie, and challenges her to a trial by ordeal, to walk into the mist and see if they survive, to show the others what faith to follow. Nathalie agrees, and strips naked before going outside and closing her eyes. Outside, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse arrive, and Pestilence impales Father Romanov before dragging him away. Nathalie returns to the church, no longer challenged.
8"The Law of Nature"Guy FerlandStory by : Amanda Segel
Teleplay by : Andrew Wilder & Christian Torpe
August 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)0.374[12]
On the way to the mall, the group drives by Adrian's house, and he goes to check on his parents while Mia and Jonah siphon more gas. Adrian finds that his mother is dead, and gets into an argument with his father. While siphoning gas, Mia and Jonah make love. Kevin finds Vic, having survived his banishment, who tells him about what is happening in the mall. After Adrian's father calls him out for his bisexuality, Adrian kills him and reveals he was the one who raped Alex. Outside, hearing the gunshot, Kevin enters the house, where Adrian has cut himself, claiming his father attacked him and he killed him in self-defense. Kevin, looking for medicine, finds Adrian's mother's medication, and Adrian breaks down and confesses his rape of Alex. During his breakdown he knocks Kevin out and escapes, letting the mist into the house. He returns to the others and claims his father killed Kevin, and convinces them to go to the mall. At the mall, Eve asks Kimi to find a room with no windows. Shelley witnesses Alex and Jay kissing. When they return to the group, Eve locks Jay in a storage locker underneath the loading dock. Shelley continues to show signs of breaking down. She later admits to Gus that she set the fire to kill Alex, unable to live with Alex surviving while her daughter died. Gus threatens to tell the group what she did, and she tells him she knows about his hoarding food. When she attempts to tell the others, he kills her. The others arrive, and after being accused of murder, Gus claims he found Shelley dead and saw Alex running away. At the church, Nathalie tells the others about the "Black Spring". Later, Connor reveals he believes Jay raped Alex. Nathalie asks the group to go to the mall with her and Connor. After most of them refuse, she and those willing to follow leave, burning down the church behind them and killing those who stayed.
9"The Waking Dream"Nick MurphyAmanda SegelAugust 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)0.399[13]
At Adrian's house, Kevin is found by Vic, who stayed behind. They make it to a house, where Kevin reveals Adrian raped Alex. They decide to go to the mall by entering a house every few minutes, but eventually find a house with dead soldiers inside, and encounter a living man, who activates a grenade which lets the mist in, causing Kevin to see Officer Pundik, Mike and Nash, all of whom taunt him for his actions toward them. He then sees an apparition of himself, which he kills, before he and Vic take the car of the soldiers and make it to the mall, which Kevin enters. At the mall, the main group decides to throw Alex out, and Eve tries to protect her. Adrian, Mia and Jonah arrive at the mall, where Adrian separates from the others to find Alex. He finds Eve and Alex, and tells them Kevin is dead. They are hunted by Gus and others from the main group. When they are caught, they are locked in the same room as Jay. Wes encounters Jonah, and captures him, knocking him out. When Jonah awakens, Wes salutes him and refers to him as "sir". Meanwhile, traveling through the sewers to reach the mall, Trevor suffers a broken leg, and Ursula refuses to leave him, which results in Connor stabbing her and throwing her down a ladder. Afterward, Connor and Nathalie reach the mall alone.
10"The Tenth Meal"Guy FerlandChristian TorpeAugust 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)0.405[14]
Kevin confronts Adrian and brutally beats him for raping Alex and leaving him for dead at Adrian's parents home. He learns from Adrian that the mall survivors plan to exile Alex into the mist because they believe she had killed Shelley, and leaves with Mia to save her. Connor arrives at the mall with Nathalie after being convinced by Nathalie that Jay's death will end the Black Spring. After offering Jay to the mist, Connor makes his way to the mall's entrance where Eve tells him that Alex is his daughter. Kyle kills Kimi when she protests their expulsion. Kevin intervenes and is quickly overpowered by the survivors and is forced out of the mall along with Alex, Eve and Mia. Outside, Alex is rescued from the mist by Jay and watches helplessly from the car as the mist kills him. Before they leave, Kevin crashes the car through the mall's entrance – allowing the mist inside to kill the survivors, including Nathalie, while Gus barricades himself in his office. They are joined by Connor, who helps free the car from the wrecked entrance. The group spots a train and follows it to the nearest station, but is shocked when it discovers armed men offering civilians up to the mist.
  1. ^ a b The second and third episodes were released online on June 23, 2017.[5]



Following the release of Frank Darabont's film adaptation of The Mist in 2007, executive producers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein announced plans to develop a miniseries based on the film. In November 2013, Bob Weinstein announced that a 10-part miniseries would begin production under their Dimension Television banner.[15] It was unclear if film director Darabont would be involved in the series and the development remained stagnant for a period of time.

In September 2015, nearly two years after the project was announced, Dimension Television announced they had signed screenwriter Christian Torpe to pen the entire series.[16] In February 2016, Spike picked up the pilot.[17] In April 2016, it was announced a deal had been reached with Spike to air the entire series.[18] In July 2016, the production company announced the series had been cast and gone into production in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[2]


The ten episodes of the first season were reportedly produced on a budget of approximately CA$23 million. The government of Nova Scotia announced in July 2016 that it would contribute CA$5.9 million for the series. The production marks the biggest entertainment production ever to shoot in the province.[19]


In July 2016, Dimension Television announced Morgan Spector would play the lead character of Kevin Copeland. Other cast members announced included Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Zenna Davis-Jones, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.[2]


After the pilot episode received strong ratings, viewer numbers rapidly declined.[20] The series averaged a rating of 0.14 in adults aged 18–49, and 462,000 viewers per episode in Nielsen's Live+Same Day ratings.[21] The series was cancelled in September 2017.[22]

The series received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 62% based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Mist's absorbing atmosphere and solid special effects struggle to overcome a generally uninspired story and performances."[23] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[24]

Chris Scott of The Observer described it as "relentlessly bleak, mean, and downright sadistic at nearly every turn", linking this with the falling ratings over the series' course.[25] Indiewire reviewer Ben Travers described the plot as predictable and characters as "pretty awful", leaving viewers "rooting for the mist instead of those running from it".[26]

Ed Power of The Daily Telegraph felt that it was a middling effort for King's works, and that it benefited from sticking to familiar horror themes and tropes.[27]


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