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Kirk B. R. Woller in costume as Gaius speaks to director Dallas Jenkins on the set of The Chosen. Photo: The Chosen Press Centre
Sean Frankling

The Chosen (TV Review) “God doesn’t choose the qualified, he qualifies the chosen.”

“Can I just get rid of the subterfuge and say that it’s Gaius?” said Ryan Swanson, appearing with fellow writer of the TV series The Chosen, Tyler Thompson, revealing some minor spoilers about the show’s Roman soldier character at a Jan. 31 Q&A at a cineplex in Oakville, Ont. 

“Don’t worry, we’ve read the book,” someone called back amid the chorus of agreement from the audience.  

That unnamed theatre-goer was right. Many people in the full-house audience were intimately familiar with the show’s source material (the gospels, as hardcore fans know them) and have been attending a weekly lecture (or sermon, as some call it) unpacking its key themes and applicability for much of their lives. It’s a level of fandom even some of pop culture’s biggest franchises—Marvel, Game of Thrones, Star Wars—can’t count on from their average fans. 

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