The first look at next week's episode of Preacher has been released. The first season of Preacher was met with mostly positive reviews from critics and casual TV viewers alike when it premiered last year. Based on the beloved Garth Ennis comic book of the same name, the series, however, also faced a number of issues that became fairly clear from the beginning, including the show's struggle to find the right tone between the source material's moments of outrageous violence, gut-busting emotion, and dark humor. At the time it even felt like the near-perfect the creative team of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin might not be able to solve the puzzle that had kept a Preacher adaptation at bay for so many years.
But if there's anything that the show's second season has done so far, it's managed to correct many of the prominent errors that were present throughout a majority of the first. That's in no doubt, thanks to the show's ability to move completely freely out of Jesse Custer's (Dominic Cooper) hometown of Annville, Texase, now that he, Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), and Tulip (Ruth Negga) have decided to go on a road trip across America, searching for God Himself.
The crew's continual movement only continues in next week's episode as well, which after last night's stunning second episode, follows Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip as they stop in New Orleans on a tip that God might be residing there. But not all three of the characters are happy to be in the Big Easy, and their presence in the timeless city threatens to bring some dangerous, past secrets and mistakes into the light again. Check out the first official promo for "Damsels" for yourself in the space above.
Unlike the previous pit stops that Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip have made so far this season, New Orleans promises to be one of their longer stays. With a majority of the season shooting there, the historical aspects of the city promise to fuse well artistically with the aesthetic and mood at the heart of Preacher. And as this promo teases, the Big Easy also promises to be a way for the series to further investigate the past actions and mistakes that Cassidy and Tulip made in the years leading up to the events depicted in Preacher.
The hype surrounding each new episode of Preacher is building considerably week-to-week it seems, and it's not hard to see why. Only two episodes of the show's sophomore season have aired, and they've already proven to be two of the most confident and well-crafted hours of television that Preacher has ever released. Whether or not the show will be able to continue that recent uptick in momentum and quality will have to wait to be seen, especially as Preacher loses some of its recent fluidity by stopping for a prolonged period of time in New Orleans.
Preacher continues next Monday with ‘Damsels’ @9pm on AMC.