Like most audiences, we here at the Water Cooler became quite obsessed with the events of the NXIVM cult discovery. HBO’s 9-part series, The Vow, casts a wide net when exposing the dark side to the self-help group. With perspectives from high-ranking officers and participants, The Vow paints a terrifying portrait of how a man hoodwinked hundreds of people by using their minds and emotions against them.
Some have expressed their frustration with The Vow‘s large number of episodes and meandering pace. Would the series have benefitted from tightening up its story? Are we just scratching the surface when it comes to revealing stories about this shocking institution?
In addition to talking about our thoughts about a second season of The Vow, we do a little fantasy casting. Inspired by Joe Reid’s exercise in trying to cast the inevitable NXIVM film, we offer our own suggestions.
All episodes of The Vow are streaming now on HBO’s platforms.