Preacher blasted its way onto the small screen as yet another hit in AMC's arsenal of scripted television. Adapted from the comic of the same name from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, writing and producing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg turned the comic into an hour-long rip-roaring good time. The show introduced a plethora of memorable characters that are familiar to comic readers, but different enough for fans to be able to tell this show has morphed into something all its own.
Despite all of the deviations from the comics, Preacher's cast and setting were great additions to the lore. Dominic Cooper as the troubled preacher, Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as over-the-top Tulip O'Hare, and Joseph Gilgun as a lecherous 119 year old vampire have been great fun to watch. AMC's first season of Preacher turned out as more of a prequel to the comics as evidenced with the season 1 finale lining up a story that's much more akin to the way the comic begins.
But having killed off nearly all of Annville's residents, including defacto villain Odin Quincannon, where does that leave Jesse Custer and his road-trip crew for season 2? Showrunner Sam Catlin explains to Deadline why Annville had to go:
“In the first season we really wanted to establish Jesse’s relationship to God and lack thereof. He is disillusioned and losing his congregation from the beginning. We needed to put Jesse’s journey into context, and his mission for next season.”
But the start of a larger story in season 2 also means bigger bads for Jesse and his friends to face. The Saint of Killers has been loosed from hell and is on the hunt for Jesse, but he's not the only person Jesse should be trying to avoid in season 2. Caitlin teased that viewers have already met the season 2 big bad, back in episode 3 titled 'The Possibilities.' He was the mystery man in all white at the snuff film festival in Houston. Comic readers know him as Herr Starr, and soon fans of the show will get to know and loathe him. Jesse will butt heads with Starr and a sinister organization known as The Grail as they try to use Jesse and Genesis for their own no-good deeds.
Other comic notables to keep an eye out for include Jesse's despicable grandmother along with her goons, and another murderous character named Reaver Cleaver. There will also be some exploration about the people who killed Jesse's father. When explaining his tattoos to Cassidy at one point near the middle of the season, Jesse says the skull tattoo was given to him by "a mean old lady." It's the same tattoo worn by one of the men who killed his father. With all of these new-to-TV characters coming up, there's plenty to look forward to in Preacher's second season.
Preacher returns to AMC for its second season in 2017.