The Vow, Season #2, will air for six episodes starting October 17 on HBO. New episodes will air on five subsequent Mondays.
There is a trailer on YouTube.
The story continues. Set against the backdrop of the federal trial of The United States against Keith Raniere, #TheVowHBO Part Two offers an exclusive view into Raniere’s innermost circle, including NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman. It follows the legal and emotional journeys of the group’s founders, supporters and defectors as new evidence and stunning revelations come to light, while federal prosecutors and defense attorneys battle with opposing views of justice in a case caught in the national spotlight.
Here is the transcript of the trailer. It gives a pretty good idea of what to expect.
SPEAKER: DOS is a monolithic and ruthless group masquerading as a group designed to liberate women.
Mark Vicente: So I heard Keith hasn’t been seen for weeks. I’m pretty sure he’s on the run.
Nancy Salzman: Imagine you spent 22 years trying to build something, but everybody thinks it’s the devil’s work.
Woman: That’s just next level.
Moira Penza: His intent was never about doing anything good for any woman.
It is unknown if the Vow uses her as an example of what Raniere said, “You know the best way to train a con artist? Let the games they play work.”
Salzman, 68, was successful for 20 years as the president of NXIVM. Many describe her as abusive and selfish. Others describe her as caring and a good teacher. Despite her denouncing Raniere before the judge, she did not escape prison.
Federal Prison Inmate Lookup lists the following:
According to HBO, the new season of The Vow is “set against the backdrop of the federal trial of The United States against Keith Raniere… It follows the legal and emotional journeys of the group’s founders, supporters and defectors as new evidence and stunning revelations come to light, while federal prosecutors and defense attorneys battle with opposing views of justice in a case caught in the national spotlight”.
Evidently prosecutor Moira Kim Penza interviewed for Vow #2,. She interviewed after she left the DOJ and went into private practice, shortly after winning a conviction in the Raniere case. Her view of Raniere is similar to most readers of the Frank Report.
Perhaps she will give viewers insight into what plea deal, if any, the Feds offered Raniere.
One source close to Raniere said the feds offered him life in a low-security prison. There he would be safe and comfortable, compared to max security. This required him to plead guilty to the main charges and accept responsibility.
Raniere refused, according to the source.
He got life – actually 120 years — and in a max security prison. Yet he has hopes. His appeal is pending. He has his tampering motion. The odds are against him, but he is trying to shift the blame to the FBI. And win a new trial or outright release.
This is the hope that keeps him going and keeps his followers hopeful.
HBO’s The Vow does not delve into these matters. They more or less draw a curtain on the Vanguard of NXIVM with his sentencing and incarceration. And offer less than a glimmer – at most a quixotic hope – illustrated with a dash of dancing outside his prison – by his moonstruck followers.
They are certain to be unhappy with the production and The Vow’s portrayal of Raniere and themselves.