Preacher season 3 is set to welcome a larger-than-life character now that the series has cast Jonny Coyne as Allfather D’Aronique. As the show moves deeper into the adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic series, the presence of D’Aronique will become an important part of the overall story, especially as it pertains to Jesse Custer and the circumstances of his past with the L’Angell side of his family.
Coyne is a familiar face on television, having just wrapped up a brief stint on NBC’s The Blacklist. Though that’s his most recent work, viewers have likely also seen him in Hulu’s 11.22.63 as well as Gotham. His biggest role, however, may have come back in 2012, when he starred as Warden Edwin James on the one-and-done FOX mystery box series Alcatraz. As far as Preacher is concerned, Coyne is just the latest in a string of casting news that confirmed the L’Angell family would play a significant role in the season’s arc. The addition of Allfather D’Aronique is the last piece of that particular puzzle.
For those who have not yet read the comics, D’Aronique is the true head of The Grail, the shadowy but immensely powerful religious organization managed by Herr Starr (Pip Torrens). A corpulent figure with revolting eating habits, he’s the thinly veiled embodiment of institutional greed and corruption. With the reach of his authority and proximity to the messiah — or Humperdoo, as was introduced last season — he’s potentially the most dangerous figure to be introduced on the series not named the Saint of Killers.
D’Aronique also holds an interesting connection to Jesse’s extended family, which explains why season 3 would seek to add him to the fold. His casting also hints at season 3 expanding the scope of the series to include a truly global figure and perhaps to better explore the extent to which The Grail influences events the world over. Whether or not that means Preacher will remain stationed in a single setting as it has in seasons 1 and 2, or if it will become more of a road show, remains to be seen.
The show’s planned depiction of D’Aronique raises plenty of questions as well. He’s essentially a gigantic, disgusting sight gag, which could potentially mean Coyne has signed on for a role featuring extensive prosthetics to turn him into the massively obese figure he was in the comics. Given the show’s predilection for excess, it’s a good bet Preacher will go all in with its visual depiction of the character. But since Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and showrunner Sam Catlin have played fast and loose with regard to the source material, don’t expect Allfather D’Aronique’s story arc to be an exact match of his comic book counterpart.
Preacher season 3 will air on AMC.