As it prepares for season 3, AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s Preacher adds four new members to the cast, all of whom have some relation to wayward man of God Jesse Custer’s sordid past. The series from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and showrunner Sam Catlin has taken more than a few detours from the source material, so it will be interesting to see just how these new additions fare as Jesse continues his quest to find the absent Almighty with Cassidy and Tulip in tow.
The new cast are all members of the L’Angell family, who will be played by some familiar faces, like Betty Buckley, who played Dr. Karen Fletcher in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and Colin Cunningham, who is likely best known for playing the rebellious John Pope on TNT’s alien-invasion drama Falling Skies, but also recently made a splash as Julian Slink in SYFY’s short-lived grindhouse series Blood Drive. Joining Buckley and Cunningham are Jeremy Childs and Liz McGeever, both of whom had parts on Nashville.
As reported by Deadline, Buckley will play Gran’ma Marie L’Angell, while Cunningham is set to play T.C. The two will be regular roles whereas Childs and McGeever will have recurring roles as Jody, T.C.’s murderous pal, and Christina, which, in the source material, was the name of Jesse’s mother. The character descriptions for the L’Angells don’t directly make the connection between Jesse and Christina, though it seems likely that will still be the case. At any rate, you can read the character descriptions below:
“Gran’ma” – A spiritist with true powers, who can cast spells and even bring back the dead (for a price). Pay the fee or pay with your soul to feed Gran’ma’s thirst for eternal youth. She is weathered, tough, and mean, but also intelligent beyond measure. She’s Jesse’s only living family and she loves him.
“TC” – A man born of the bayou and the loyal caretaker and soldier for Gran’ma. Weasely and wiry, he’ll gladly tell you about his perversions whether you ask him or not. While he seems like the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet, don’t make the mistake of turning your back on him.
“Jody” – Massive and intimidating, Jody emanates danger. He’s the enforcer for Gran’ma and the only man Jesse’s never beaten in a fight. He’s nobody’s fool, and not someone to cross
“Christina” – Capable and efficient, Christina has a face that lures customers in for her family business. Christina hides it well, but she hates her job and has dreams and aspirations outside of her current life – but suffers to protect her child.
The season 2 finale effectively set up the L’Angells and Jesse’s ties to them, also hinting at Gran’ma’s skills at necromancy. That talent will come in handy as Jesse and Cassidy seek to bring Tulip back to life following her deadly run-in with “Jenny.” It’s a good bet that Jesse will fall back in the the L’Agnells in order to get the love of his life back.
The new location and the addition of characters from Jesse’s past will give Preacher a much-needed change of pace, as season 2 struggled to keep things in the Big Easy interesting despite the arrival of Pip Torrens’ Herr Starr and a subplot featuring Arseface and Hitler escaping from Hell. If the show can find a way to tie all those elements together into a cohesive whole, then season 3 might be the most exciting one yet.
Preacher season 3 does not yet have a premiere date.