Movie Synopsis

Release date, trailer, cast and everything we know

The six-episode Paramount miniseries waco, which premiered January 24, 2018, examined the 51-day standoff between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. It viewed the tragedy both before and during the standoff from a range of perspectives from people closely associated with the two sides of the conflict. However, what followed after the events of the Waco siege was nothing short of tragedy itself, and it would have been unfair to leave it out of the series. Paramount+ ordered a follow-up series of waco in April 2022 to present the implications of the two-month siege, which are equally important to this cautionary tale. Waco: The aftermath (formerly titled American Tragedies: Waco – The Trials) will investigate the incidents and unfair justice meted out to the surviving Branch Davidians. It is set after the horrifying events that fueled the burgeoning “Patriot” movement and sparked the terrorist attack in Oklahoma City.

Here’s everything we know so far about this necessary sequel. Watch the trailer, meet the returning and new cast members, and refresh your memory with what last happened in the series before the sequel premieres!

Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh in Waco: The Aftermath
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What is the release date of Waco: The Aftermath?

Waco: The aftermath will air weekly on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 16, 2023. The series was originally scheduled to air on Paramount+ but was switched to Showtime with the announcement that the two networks would be merging. For those with a Showtime streaming account: Waco: The aftermath will be available to stream two days early from April 14, 2023. The series will have a total of five episodes. The original waco Series is available to stream on Showtime and Paramount+ if you want to catch up before the sequel. And once the new series premieres, you can watch it by clicking the button below:

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Watch the Waco: The Aftermath trailer

Showtime released a 1 minute first look trailer for Waco: The aftermath on February 22, 2023 on his official YouTube channel. The teaser opened with Taylor Kitsch‘s David Koresh speaking to a crowd as leader of the Branch Davidians. You can check out the First Look teaser below:

Showtime then dropped an official trailer Waco: The aftermath on February 28, 2023, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the tragic events on Mt. Carmel that began on February 28, 1993. Watch the trailer below:

The trailer begins on a dark note as Gary Noesner, played by Michael Shannon, talks about the growing anger in America that is putting the nation at the brink of civil war. As people who have little faith in the American government and justice system take to the streets to protest, the trailer continues to show glimpses of an explosion and hints at more incidents. The trailer ends explosively with the final clip showing a guy loading a truck with bombs.

What happened recently in Waco?

In the culminating last episode of waco, the FBI used infrared scanning to find the Davidians, and then vented CS gas directly into the vault where Koresh had relocated everyone. When the door is permanently closed, a gas chamber is created inside the vault, sealing the fate of all Davidians inside. The 51-day siege comes to a horrific end when the 76 Davidians remaining at the burning property, including David Koresh and 25 children, die from smoke inhalation or mercy killings. Fans eventually learn how Tony Prince and the FBI portrayed the events as a mass suicide, and Gary Noesner and many other families had to come to terms with the tragic circumstances. The focus of Waco: The aftermath will address the aftermath of the Waco Siege and the growing Patriot movement that resulted from the infamous disaster.

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Who is in the cast of Waco: The Aftermath?

Given that Waco: The aftermath will be filmed as a sequel, many cast members of the original waco Miniseries will return to continue the story of this historic siege. The show’s star, Michael Shannon, will return as Gary Noesner. He is known for his work in films such as Nocturnal animals (2016), 99 houses (2014) and Revolutionary Street (2008). He recently appeared in the movies fast train (2022), Amsterdam (2022) and A little white lie (2022). Shannon will also return to the DCU with the upcoming film The Lightning. Aside from him, other characters from the original miniseries are also returning John Leguizamo as Jacob Vazquez, Shea Whigham as Mitch Decker and Annika Markus as Kathy Schroeder.

New cast members are slated to appear in Waco: The aftermath contains David Costalle as Judge Smith, the judge presiding over the trial, J Smith Cameron as Lois Roden, Giovanni Ribisi as Dan Cogdell, John Hoogenaker as Clive Doyle, Keean Johnson as Vernon Howell and Abbey Lee as Carol Howe. You will join Michael Vincent Berry as George Roden, Gary Cole as Gordon novel, Michael Luwoye as Livingstone Fagan, Kali Roche as Ruth Riddle Sasheer Zamata as Angie Graham and Nicholas Kolev as Paul Fatta.

Who Makes Waco: The Aftermath?

All six episodes of Waco: The aftermath is directed by series creators Drew Dowdle And John Eric Dowdlewho also created waco. They also serve as executive producers alongside Taylor Kitsch. Andrew Gettens, Lauren MacKenzieand Michael Shannon. David Glaser, David Hutkin, Bob YariAnd Ron Buerkle also join the series as producers Gary Barbier. Todd McMullen acts as cameraman and Denise Hudson is the supervising art director. In the design department Daniel B Clancy is credited for production design and Jayna Mansbridge for costume design.

What is the plot of Waco: The Aftermath?

Waco: The aftermath It is expected to resemble a courtroom drama in which the surviving members of the branch of the Davidian sect stand trial for their crimes. Flashbacks are used in the series to explore the beginnings of David Koresh and the Branch Davidian sect and tie it to the first season of waco. It aims to highlight the domestic terrorism that arose as a result of the siege and the trials that followed. The series’ storyline will also focus on the rise of the American militia movement that heralds the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, with a particular focus on the life of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, best known for planning the bombing is known of the Oklahoma City Federal Building in April 1995, in which 168 people died and 680 were injured.

Here’s the full synopsis of Showtime for Waco: The aftermath:

Five-part drama series depicting the searing aftermath of the disastrous 1993 FBI confrontation at the Branch Davidian compound – an event that shook American militia movements and helped radicalize Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and many others.


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