Although it first released decades ago, world-famous horror author Stephen King’s The Stand is a story which is quite relevant to our planet’s current situation. It’s a darkly ironic coincidence that a story about a global pandemic which wipes out most of the world’s population is coming to our screens in 2020 – but the nine-episode limited series will be making its way to CBS All Access this December.

The Stand tells the story of “Captain Trip,” a plague which leaves two groups of survivors fighting for control of what is left of the United States in an epic balance of good versus evil. The first teaser trailer for the series, released today, focuses on “Mother” Abagail Freemantle (The View’s Whoopi Goldberg), a woman with mysterious psychic powers who serves as the leader of the “good” survivors.

Although the 30-second clip mostly served to introduce Freemantle and her role in the series, we get a few brief glimpses of other key characters, including the determined Frannie Goldsmith (Odessa Young), and the sinister “Dark Man,” Randall Flagg  (Alexander Skarsgård.) Both Flagg and Freemantle’s powers are on full display in the trailer, with the former levitating, causing explosions and sending wolves to menace the latter.

The Stand will consist of ten episodes, with the tenth and final being written by King himself in collaboration with his son, Owen King. It is currently rumored that the miniseries may feature a new ending, also penned by King, which was not present in the novel.

The first episode of the series, titled “The End,” will debut via the CBS All Access streaming service on December 17, 2020. Following this, episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays, with the limited-run program coming to an end in early 2021.

Are you ready to face another pandemic as The Stand arrives this winter? Let us know!