Preacher season 1 introduced a trio of unlikely heroes: the jaded and violent man-of-the-cloth Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), the hardened and resourceful mercenary Tulip (Ruth Negga), and the deranged vampire Cassidy (Joe Gilgun). By season’s end, those three characters were about the only ones still left alive, with nearly everyone else on the show being wiped out in a massive methane explosion that obliterated the ill-starred town of Annville.
The action of season 2 was teased at the very end of the apocalyptic season 1 finale when we saw our trio of lead characters getting in their car and setting off on what promised to be a very bizarre and violent series of adventures.
Ahead of the second season’s June 25 premiere, a plot synopsis has been released along with a trio of cool-looking character posters (via IGN) highlighting Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy. The synopsis pretty much lays out what we have been expecting ever since Jesse contacted God only to find out God was missing from heaven:
“The expanded second season, consisting of 13 episodes, is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.”
“Everywhere in between” reportedly includes New Orleans, where our heroes do battle with the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), a hellish cowboy villain who was introduced early in season 1 and later was expanded upon in a memorable extended flashback sequence. The new season is also expected to introduce the major comic book character Herr Starr, who was seen briefly in season 1, as well as members of Jesse’s oddball hillbilly family.
Season 1 did a thorough job of establishing the series’ tone of wild and gory action mixed with strange and humorous character moments, and with season 2 running 13 episodes, there will be plenty opportunity to build on that strong beginning by bringing in even more crazy characters and extreme situations from the comic books. At the heart of the show are the three strong lead characters, whose complicated and tension-riddled relationship will no doubt be explored more deeply as season 2 cranks up (nothing brings out the truth like going on a family road trip).
Annihilating the main setting of the show and sending the lead characters on a road trip may have seemed like a nutty move at the time, but the whole first season of Preacher really played out like a prologue, and it was inevitable that the show would move away from having a large ensemble and zoom in on the three leads and their dynamic. In some ways, season 2 should go a lot farther than season 1, but in other ways it should be tighter and more focused.
Preacher season 2 premieres on Sunday, June 25 before moving to its regular time on Mondays for the rest of the season.