Season 1 of Preacher on AMC included a guy with no mouth being sucked down to hell, an evil tycoon worshipping the “God of Meat,” a century-old Irish vampire falling from the sky and becoming best friends with a clergyman and a climactic episode that wiped out most of the show’s cast in a massive town-leveling explosion right after revealing that God was missing from heaven. And that’s not even mentioning the two endlessly regenerating angels who showed up and fought with an endlessly regenerating demon, a clash that led to an entire motel room literally filling up with dead bodies.
It may seem like a tall task for Preacher to equal or even surpass the craziness of season 1, but that is exactly what the show is setting out to do, with a plot that follows the three lead characters Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Cassidy (Joe Gilgun) and Tulip (Ruth Negga) as they go on a road trip that sees them journeying through a host of new locations and encountering new and terrifying enemies.
A new season 2 preview video posted by AMC teases some the madness, while offering a glimpse of the show’s new locations, including New Orleans, which is where much of the season is set. The clip gives us another look at one of season 2’s main villains, the Saint of Killers, who after being released from his Twilight Zone hell is after Jesse Custer. Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg show up in the clip along with Cooper, Gilgun, and Negga to discuss what is afoot in the new season.
Interspersed among the interview footage are some brief clips of stunt work from the show, including a look at a very old school car chase and what appears to be a tense stand-off in the middle of a highway. We also get a glimpse of some baddies dressed in white suits and ski masks with red ties getting their butts kicked by Jesse. Some of the images are downright Lynchian, including one of a man in a dog costume sitting on a couch with his “master” who has him on a chain.
The promotional material we’ve seen so far certainly indicates that Preacher season 2 will be pushing the envelope in terms of action and surrealistic imagery. Season 1 already took that stuff pretty far, but may have been hampered somewhat by sticking around in Annville too much. The road trip structure of season 2, not to mention the arrival in the very crazy setting of New Orleans, should offer rich opportunities not only for bizarre, disgusting action but character development as well.
A host of new actors will also be along for the ride in Preacher season 2, including Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Julie Ann Emery (Fargo) who are all listed as series regulars.
Preacher season 2 premieres Sunday, June 25 @10pm on AMC.