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If you’re a fan of the supernatural and the occult, especially witches, we may have just found your new favorite TV show. Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, based on the novel trilogy Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice, is coming to our screens in less than two months! AMC acquired the film and television rights to two of Rice’s book series, The Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches, in May 2020, and fans old and new can’t wait to watch!
Whether or not you have read the books, this TV series will definitely be an interesting experience for all, as long as you enjoy this particular genre. But who doesn’t like a good witch story? Most recently, there have been several new movies and series with a witchy theme, and maybe we can thank Halloween for that. Nevertheless, we hope that Anna Rice’s Mayfair Witches is to stick around for longer than one season. Here’s everything you need to know about it so far:
This Anne Rice extended universe is shaping up to be something quite interesting.— Carefree Black Nerd the Afterlife Connoisseur 🩸 (@carefreeblerd) October 7, 2022
I’ll be watching #MayfairWitches off the strength of #InterviewWithTheVampire …and that black man, of course https://t.co/gGnANR4Et5 pic.twitter.com/KkxtfaJKQC
Not much has been revealed about the plot of the television series yet, but we think it’s safe to assume that it will follow the books pretty closely since author Anne Rice is an executive producer. As previously mentioned, Lives of the Mayfair Witches is a trilogy, and the first book is titled The Witching Hour. The story revolves around a California neurosurgeon, Dr. Rowan Mayfair. To her surprise, Rowan inherits the Mayfair family fortune upon the death of her estranged biological mother, Deirdre. Around the same time, she saves the life of Michael Curry, a contractor who longs to return to New Orleans, where he grew up.
The two fall in love, and when Michael decides to go home to New Orleans, Rowan chooses to go with him. In the process, she begins to learn more about the Mayfairs. She discovers that she comes from a long line of powerful witches with a variety of abilities. Unfortunately, she also discovers that her family has been haunted for generations by Lasher, an evil spirit who yearns to be made incarnate. Rowan hatches a plan to destroy Lasher, but you’ll either have to read the book or wait for the series to find out what happens next! We will warn you, though – if the TV series follows the books, it surely will not be for the faint of heart.
Alexandra Daddario, recently nominated for an Emmy for work on the HBO series The White Lotus, will star as Dr. Rowan Mayfair. You also may recognize her from other TV series such as White Collar and Why Women Kill or the movies San Andreas and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Lasher will be portrayed by British actor Jack Huston, formerly of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and FX’s Fargo. The official description of Lasher calls him “a powerful, shape-shifting entity who has been bound to the Mayfair witches for hundreds of years.”
Harry Hamlin of AMC’s Mad Men and the film Clash of the Titans has been cast as Cortland Mayfair, Rowan’s father, the power-obsessed patriarch of the family. At this time, we have not heard of anyone cast in the role of Michael Curry, so we’re wondering if he has been eliminated from the story, or if he will play a part in potential future seasons.
The first two episodes of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches will premiere on January 8, 2023 on AMC and AMC+, with new episodes airing and streaming on Sundays. The first season is comprised of eight episodes, and the season finale will be available to watch on February 26, 2023. We can’t wait to watch and to see if more seasons are in store!
A short trailer for the series was first shown at New York Comic Con in 2022, with the video later being uploaded to YouTube, as well. The teaser looks promising, almost in the vein of American Horror Story with its dark, dramatic imagery and eerie setting. It doesn’t give too much away about the plot, but it’s just ominous enough to leave us curious and wanting more. Apart from the teaser, this two minute long official trailer gives us a better insight on Daddario’s character and what the story will be about. Even if you haven’t read the books, the trailer will guide you the right way!
Since Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire (streaming now) has been adapted as a TV series by AMC, we’re more than a little excited to see how Mayfair Witches turns out. If the two series follow the books, there’s a chance that there will be some crossover between the two in the future, making for what’s sure to be interesting (and potentially horrifying) television. We’re also curious to see if and how the story of The Witching Hour has been changed for its small screen adaptation. Either way, we know we’ll be tuning in once the series premieres in the new year!