It was so interesting watching him manipulate people. Give someone a little power, maybe flatter them a little or make them feel a part of something... They would look past all evidence to the contrary because they wanted it to be real so bad. The Mormon angle drove it home for me. I thought the ending was great. Of course they leave you with a cliff hanger, it is so you can't wait to watch the next season. That is what good series do, they keep going.
Watched the first episode last night. Extremely entertaining.
There appears to be some sort of "power" that he is displaying, e.g. knows the Israeli interviewers name, history, etc. I thought he was supposed to be a fake, but I am sure the story will explain this supposed ability. Also, it was very coincidental to have had that sand storm...sort of bolstered him. You are right - this is a great show! Cinematography is amazing.