Scientology and the Aftermath season 2: Leah Remini previews

Few shows have packed more tension into eight episodes than the first season of A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which last year saw the King of Queens star (and ex-Scientology member and advocate) transition from the world TV comedy to publicly examining the controversial church. The 46-year-old partnered with one of Scientology’s former senior executives, Mike Rinder, for a deep dive into the religion, using riveting expository interviews with past parishioners and high-ranking church officials to highlight allegations of coerced abortions, brainwashing, sex abuse cover-ups, and the destruction of its followers’ families.

Season 1 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, however, as Remini and Rinder met with lawyers to explore serious options to take legal action against the multi-billion-dollar organization; as season 2’s summer premiere date looms, Remini and Rinder bridged the gap between episodes on Monday night when they co-hosted the two-hour Merchants of Fear interview special, during which they spoke with several journalists who’ve investigated the church in the past and offered an extended sneak peek at what season 2 has to offer.

Read on for key takeaways from Merchants of Fear that are sure to prime viewers for season 2.

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Remini interviews Crash director Paul Haggis for season 2

During the closing moments of the special, Remini teased the appearance of a Hollywood heavyweight in an upcoming episode.

“I publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. I was declared a suppressive person, an enemy of the church, eight years ago. I guess I was the first person of real note to speak out against the church,” Haggis says in the clip, referencing his resignation from the church, which he announced in a letter after discovering what he suggests was troubling information about church operations. “They weren’t happy with that.”

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He goes on to criticize the church’s actions, which he claims included sending lookouts…

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