After months and months of lead up to the official premiere of the AMC original series from developers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Preacher finally saw the airing of its pilot episode last night. With an exclusive after-show already in the works for the new basic cable drama, the new show based on the original comic books by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon is shaping up to be a real contender to the throne currently held by network superpower The Walking Dead.
Following the first episode of the series (featuring a wildly original interpretation of the source material), viewers might just begin tuning in by the millions to watch Preacher on a weekly basis. But if you’re still unsure whether or not you want to spend the time and energy required to keep up with the latest TV show on AMC, one clip in particular from the series’ first episode might change your mind.
In the footage featured above, viewers find Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) in the grips of a tense negotiation with series antagonist Donny Schneck (Derek Wilson) wherein Custer must abusively dissuade Donny from pursuing certain violent transgressions. The entire clip results in an altercation sure to shock your most emotionally staid viewer, and serves to show just how viscerally thrilling the new show from co-developer Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) really is.
As if that weren’t enough incentive for viewers who have yet to watch Preacher, AMC has also seen fit to release an exclusive sneak peek at episode 2 (see the video above) wherein an enigmatic duo of ambiguous intentions see fit to spy on Custer as he baptizes his newly established flock of faithful parishioners. Both featured clips are nothing short of being the embodiment of fast-paced and exciting filmmaking, and should serve to convince those nonbelievers yet to join the camp of devout viewers to the new show.
Co-developers Rogen and Goldberg may have made one of the most inspired new comic book adaptations in recent memory, and Preacher could very well go on to become the successor on AMC to the likes of such critically acclaimed dramas as Mad Men. Given Catlin’s track record thus far as a network executive, his new show might just be the next big thing based on a cult-classic comic book franchise following the like-minded adaptation of writer Robert Kirkman’s notorious zombie-survival drama.
Preacher continues next Sunday with ‘See’ @10pm on AMC.