Dominion script
Dominion (2010)
Synopsis: Dominion is an American apocalyptic supernatural action television series created by Vaun Wilmott. It is loosely based on the 2010 film Legion, written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. In December 2013, Syfy ordered a pilot episode and the series premiered on the American cable television network Syfy on June 19, 2014. The show is filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. Stewart serves as series executive producer, as well as director of the pilot episode, written by Wilmott.

PROLOGUE:

FADE IN:

OUR POINT OF VIEW OPENS ON A MURAL

Colorful, faded, looks a thousand years old, but done by a

post-modern artist. As we MOVE across the mural, images come

to life, animate and play out the action over a YOUNG WOMAN’S

VOICE. This is CLAIRE and we’ll meet her soon enough.

We focus on the drawing of a SINGLE EYE. It slowly blinks.

CLAIRE:

It used to be said that if God

didn’t exist... mankind would need

to invent him. In the end, we

didn’t need to do anything. He was

real. And twenty five years ago he

disappeared.

The EYE BLINKS again and stays closed, becoming a single line

that dissipates like dust being blown away by a strong wind.

CLAIRE:

No one knows when HE lost faith in

us, or why, but looking back at

that time it’s not hard to see the

many possible reasons.

We then see what looks like the Roman God of War, GABRIEL the

Archangel, swoop down fiery, angry, deadly. The Archangel

MICHAEL, beautiful, heroic, epic meets him in battle.

CLAIRE:

In HIS absence, a civil war broke

out amongst his angels over the

fate of mankind, driven by those of

them who despised Man and felt that

he had been unjustly elevated above

them.

We focus on each ARCHANGEL as they BATTLE...

CLAIRE:

Gabriel, the Archangel of death,

led this war. Michael, the

greatest of all Archangels, fought

him. These warring angels brought

their fight to earth in a great

cataclysm.

2.

EARTH, blue and green, burns... swirling around it are

frightening ANGELIC WRAITHS that look like the Ark Ghosts

from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

CLAIRE:

Sides were drawn, the entire lower

rank of angels joining Gabriel.

Unlike Archangels, Gabriel’s lower

angels, “the Dogs of Heaven,” were

lesser spirits without a physical

form. They could not visit earth

without a body so the angels’ first

line of attack was to steal ours...

they seized control of our bodies,

killing us from within, turning

brother against brother, husband

against wife, mother against son.

The mural artwork continues to come to life, showing images

of human beings being possessed and transformed: mouths full

of jagged teeth, distended limbs, hands with razor sharp

talons and jet black eyes. Rampaging and killing.

CLAIRE:

Most of humanity were either killed

or possessed in the first weeks of

the “Extermination War”, while the

remaining few had the strength of

spirit to fight off possession.

These survivors mobilized, pulling

back into fortified cities, and

fought the angels to a standstill

across what is now called the Rysen

Line, after the great General who

led the battle. My father.

A LINE runs across a map of the US, specifically the western

states. The rest of the map shrivels and forms into an

ANGELIC BABY, a perfect Cherub...

CLAIRE:

Then came whispers of a chosen

child who would grow up to lead

mankind out of darkness and war.

His legend quickly spread, giving

humanity hope, a reason to fight

back... and the angels hated it.

They sought to find and destroy

this “chosen” baby, strengthening

our resolve even more. It is said

that Michael acted alone, saved the

child, and took the baby into

hiding.

3.

The Archangel Michael swoops down and takes the baby away...

CLAIRE:

Ten years ago, the war as we knew

it, ended. For a time, small bands

of angels continued to attack our

city, but their numbers dwindled

until they disappeared altogether.

Gabriel has not been seen since.

The Archangel Gabriel and his possessed recede, pull back and

change into swirling black ink...

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Vaun Wilmott

Vaun Wilmott is a writer and producer, known for Dominion (2014), Sons of Anarchy: Season 3 Recap (2011) and Sons of Anarchy (2008). more…

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