Netflix fans convinced massive Messiah 'spoiler' revealed weeks before release

Netflix has been begun previewing their upcoming mystery/drama series Messiah this week, and its premise has certainly got people talking.

The official synopsis for the show, which will debut its first season in full on the streaming platform on New Year’s Day, tantalisingly reads: ‘A CIA officer investigates a charismatic figure whose followers believe that he can perform miracles.

‘Is he a divine entity or a dangerous con artist?’

The trailer has already attracted plenty of attention online, making it very likely that Messiah will be the next smash hit Netflix series when it debuts in the new year.

But some people are already convinced that they’ve stumbled on a major ‘spoiler’ which, well, spoils a big part of the new show.

As ever with these sorts of things, here’s your fair warning: (Possible) SPOILER ALERT FOR MESSIAH.

The speculation centres around the significance of the name of the mysterious ‘Messiah’, who is being played by Belgian actor Mehdi Dehbi.

This central character is called Al-Massih, which is remarkably similar to the evil figure in Islamic eschatology called Al-Masih ad-Dajjal – whose name translates from Arabic to ‘the false messiah, liar, the deceiver’.

Al-Masih ad-Dajjal, who in scripture emerges somewhere between Iran and Syria (one of the key locations in Messiah), has also regularly been compared with the Antichrist.

That link seems to suggest that Dehbi’s character will likely turn out to be an evil being during Messiah’s first season – which presumably was meant to be one of its big reveals.

As the online speculation about the true nature of the eponymous character continues, one Twitter user has even claimed that Netflix blocked them after tweeting about the ‘spoiler’ in question.

A spokesperson for Netflix has since denied the claim, telling Standard Online: ‘There’s no truth to this story we have not blocked fans.’

While some people may think they’ve already rumbled Messiah’s big reveal before its premiere, that doesn’t mean that people won’t still be tuning in come January – and only then will we definitively find out if this fan theory is proven to be correct.

Messiah will be available to stream on Netflix in January.

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