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Midnight Mass Detail Shows Why The Vampire's Plan Was Brilliant

The popular Netflix show Midnight Mass portrays the Vampire's brilliant plan through many intelligent details. Mike Flanagan’s endearingly bleak story of religious fishing town Crockett Island blends both discussions of faith and death with classic vampiric horror. One detail in particular, though, proves just how considered the writing is.

In the first episode, the audience is introduced to God-worshipping Crockett with the return of ex-convict Riley Flynn. It’s also learned that the town’s elderly Monsignor Prewitt is returning from a pilgrimage. Instead, the unknown and youthful Father Paul arrives in his place, charming Crockett almost instantly. Upon his arrival, the town sees miracles: a teenager who uses a wheelchair finds herself able to walk, an elderly woman’s deteriorating health is restored, maladies are cured, and sight is fixed. It's later revealed that Father Paul is really Monsignor Prewitt, returned to his younger self by a vicious winged monster that the Father calls an angel. From that point onwards, Father Paul carries out his crusade to bring eternal life to the town via communion wine mixed with the angel’s blood. The story reaches a crescendo on the night of Easter Vigil as the majority of the town is persuaded to choose death to be reborn, only to become blood-thirsty and immortal.

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There are many debates to be had over the true nature of the creature and its origins. Most would be inclined to believe that it isn’t an angel at all and is only called so due to Father Paul's religion. It’s often referred to as the Vampire, after all, due to how it bears a lot of resemblance to vampiric creatures. A thirst for blood, immortality, and intolerance for sunlight. Regardless of what it is, it’s clear the Vampire’s plan is perfect from its first appearance. If sensitivity to holy water is added to the list, too, the brilliance truly begins. There's the argument that the fact that it isn’t mentioned makes it irrelevant, but when the time setting of Midnight Mass is taken into account, it's shown how thought out everything is. The Vampire’s plan takes place over Lent. This might again seem irrelevant, but a tradition for some parishes during Lent is to remove holy water from the church. It isn’t a universal practice, and yet with Midnight Mass, it’s not an outlandish idea that this is something Father Paul could’ve either introduced or taken advantage of to protect himself during his quest for the town’s “salvation."

This detail is further supported through Father Paul’s avoidance of classic vampire-revealing things. As soon as his inner “angel” takes hold, he blisters in the sun and can only carry out Mass upon nightfall. After a chance encounter with Father Paul and the angel, Riley is forced into this blood-thirsty existence and eventually takes his own life through sunlight. This only shows Father Paul’s true evasion more. The viewer also knows from the start that lying is not something he's against. He lies about who he is to hide his renewed youth and the immortality bestowed upon him, and he lies about the death of fellow islander Joe Collie. It may seem as if his methods are fractured at times, but it’s clear that nothing could stop Father Paul from fulfilling his religious purpose and carrying out the Vampire’s plan. Not sunlight, his desire for blood, or keeping secrets. It’s far from difficult to believe that he would use the time of year to his advantage. The lack of holy water – another thing that could harm him – is a way for him to keep his secret, even if the plot ultimately fails.

The show lacks the explanation to support this theory entirely. A missing confirmation of what the creature is means that nothing can be said for certain. It’s all up for interpretation, of course, but this could easily be another one of the easter eggs so prevalent in all of Mike Flanagan’s worksMidnight Mass was unlikely to be any different in that respect, and this subtle detail displays not just the cleverness of the Vampire’s plan but how it really was carried out at the perfect time.

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