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4 things to know before watching Hulu's 'The Path'

4 things to know before watching Hulu's 'The Path' Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Asia Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Copyright Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit Entertainment Like Follow Follow 4 things to know before watching Hulu's 'The Path' 1.3k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? By Saba Hamedy 2016-03-29 22:57:16 -0400 LOS ANGELES — Get ready to be mesmerized by Meyerism. Hulu's new drama The Path is about a cult-like movement — based in upstate New York — called Meyerism. It follows Eddie (Aaron Paul) and Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), who face obstacles in their marriage as Eddie's character begins to experience doubts about the faith. Hugh Dancy stars as the cult's stand-in leader Cal, while the Meyerist founder Dr. Steven Meyers is away. The show, which comes a little over a month after Hulu's successful 11.22.63 mini-series launched, is the streaming service's first hourlong drama. It landed on the platform with help from Universal Television and Jason Katims’ (Friday Night Lights) True Jack Productions. The show was created by playwright Jessica Goldberg, who wrote and executive-produced the series, along with Katims and Michelle Lee of True Jack Productions. SEE ALSO: Get sucked into our 12 favorite fake TV cults Here are four things to know before streaming the first two episodes, which debut on the platform Wednesday. 1. The show revolves around the fictional Meyerist Movement. Image: hulu Meyerists believe that if you "look to the light" and climb the rungs of a metaphorical ladder, you will leave behind pain and suffering and avoid the apocalypse when it comes. Dancy's character, Cal, is the acting leader of the movement, while their actual leader Dr. Steven Meyer is away, allegedly finishing writing the final rungs of the ladder. "The future is coming: Poverty, political instability, terrorism," Cal says in the first episode. "Everything we know will collapse. I don't want to live for this moment, I want to live forever — in the garden that we are creating here, together." The eye (pictured above) is the symbol of Meyerism. Many in the movement look to the symbol for help, guidance, or a place to direct gratitude. In the series, it's pictured on the characters' shirts, in their homes and all around the compound. 2. Meyerism is not based on Scientology. Image: hulu Sure, there are similarities. Take the "Meyer Machine" for example, which is used by members of the movement to stimulate neurological growth and physical healing. Scientologists have a similar device for spiritual training: The E-Meter . Still, Goldberg said that Scientology wasn't her inspiration. Meyerism is a completely made up faith that she created while in a dark place herself (she even wrote about it ). "We looked at how religion calls to so many people right now," Goldberg told reporters at the Television Critics Association presentation in January. "It's taken from lots of different existing faiths and our own story of fantasy of what you're looking for when you are in deep pain." 3. Cast members really had to do their research. Actor Hugh Dancy, Hulu's Chief Executive Officer, Mike Hopkins, Hulu's Head of Original Programming Beatrice Springborn, actors Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, President of Universal Television Bela Bajaria and Hulu's Head of Content Craig Erwich attend the premiere of Hulu's 'The Path' premiere. Image: Getty Images Goldberg gave all cast members a guide to study filled with everything and anything related to the fictional faith. Hulu even gave press a similar glossary, chock-full of terms (below). Image: hulu "I read Jessica's bible and I read various things about people who had managed to bring small religious movements into a second generation, because by in large they just die out if the leader dies," Dancy told Mashable at the film's premiere. "And then from there I tried to home in on this particular story." Monaghan said the cast really immersed themselves while filming, and even began applying some Meyerism mantras, like the idea of "unburdening," behind-the-scenes. "We actually unburden on set," Monaghan told reporters on the carpet. "We say 'something is bothering me, I just need to get it off my chest.' We actually use it, it's super positive and a great tool." 4. The story is just as much about the people behind the movement as much as the movement. Hugh Dancy in "The Path." Image: Hulu The show, while centered around Meyri