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10 Things That Need To Happen Before Preacher Ends

Preacher will end with its fourth season on AMC. The good news is that the network revealed the end of the series in advance, so the showrunners can put together a final season that will end the story in a satisfying manner. Of course, looking at where Preacher is now compared to that point in the comic books makes it clear there is a lot that happened that will have to be omitted or skimmed over.

RELATED: Preacher Season 4: Everything We Know

Of course, Preacher has also proven over the first three seasons that it isn’t dedicated to retelling the story from the comics verbatim and has no problem drifting away from the source material — as Arseface’s journey and the introduction of Hitler proves. With that said, here is a look at things that need to happen before the final episode of the final season of Preacher takes place. Spoilers follow for events in Preacher comic books.

10 CASSIDY DISMEMBERED

Season 3 of Preacher saw Cassidy captured by The Grail and chained up in the bottom of a pit along with a captured angel as well. Fans of the comic books know what is likely coming. The Grail start to torture Cassidy and bring in a torture specialist to inflict as much pain on the vampire as possible.

They break him down, dismember him, and take him to the brink of death but he never gives up his buddy Jesse. Then, Jesse shows up and saves Cassidy’s life. It is a nice moment and one of two big moments for the conflicted vampire in the comics that should make it to the small screen.

9 JESSE FINDS HIS MOM

Jesse needs to separate from Tulip for at least one or two episodes so the final season of Preacher can recreate the storyline of Jesse learning his mother is still alive and well, but hiding from her evil family — who he finally vanquished at the end of season 3.

RELATED: Preacher Renewed For Season 4 At AMC

In the comics, Jesse’s mom is a waitress and lives a peaceful life around people who care about her, a great change from the horrors she experienced with her own mother in Angelville. Jesse is able to reconnect with his mom at this point, and when he learns she is in a good place, it frees him up for the final battle.

8 ARSEFACE FALLS IN LOVE

As season 3 showed, Arseface is still horribly angry that Jesse is still alive and left him in Hell for no reason way back in season 1. There needs to be closure between the two men before Preacher comes to an end. However, Arseface deserves so much more than that for his own story.

RELATED: Preacher Season 1: Story Recap & Ending Explained

In the comics, Arseface ended up in a town where he met a girl who was mutated from inbreeding and had one giant eye in the middle of her face. Despite this, people love her because she has a good heart. She also has mental problems and can’t see how people really look — instead, seeing them looking like cows, giant soda bottles and more. In Arseface, she saw a handsome man and the two fell in love.

7 JESSE VS. GOD

God has been a coward for most of the series and has tried to use Tulip to get Jesse to stop looking for him and leave him alone. It is time for Jesse and God to finally have their confrontation. As in the comics, the two need to realize that they are at a stalemate and won’t be able to settle things as Jesse hoped they could.

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Jesse and God have to face off, even though that is not the battle that will end things. Jesse has Herr Starr with while The Saint of Killers helping, but a one-on-one needs to finally happen in the final season of Preacher.

6 THE SPACEMAN

When it comes to moments from the comic books, the story of the Spaceman is one that doesn’t have to happen but it would be an amazing standalone episode if they can give time for this meeting. For those who haven’t read the Preacher comic books, the Spaceman moment has Jesse sitting down for drinks with a man and listening to a story.

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This man served in Vietnam with Jesse’s father and tells a story about how his dad was a real hero at the time. While the Vietnam era is out of the playbook with the television show’s timeframe, a similar story where Jesse learns more about his dad would be a nice bow on his story if he gets to meet his mom again as well.

5 SHOWDOWN AT THE ALAMO

With only one season left, there is a good chance that the Preacher TV show has the final battle between Jesse and Herr Starr take place at Masada. This could provide a great backdrop for the final war, but that is not where this series needs to end. Jesse needs to head to Masada to save Cassidy but then he needs to return to Texas.

RELATED: Preacher Season 2 Finale Explained

The final battle between Herr Starr and Jesse needs to take place at the Alamo, just as it did in the comic books. The entire theme of the final stand at the Alamo is too perfect for Jesse’s story to pass on it for anywhere else.

4 TULIP’S BREAKDOWN

Tulip went through hell in the comic books and she has remained slightly unscathed on the television show, outside of an unfortunate death. She has rejected God’s deals twice and there has to be a reckoning coming for the tough-as-nails Texan. The final season of Preacher needs to see Tulip suffer some before she comes back stronger than ever.

RELATED: Preacher: 10 Things You Didn’t Notice In Season 2

The final season of Preacher needs to have Tulip separated from Jesse due to him betraying her by lying and leaving her behind for her own safety. This should lead to her wondering what she is really fighting for before the final battle when she comes back stronger than ever.

3 HERR STARR’S DEFEAT

Herr Starr’s defeat in the comic books was perfect. He was a jerk who used and discarded people. He was someone who deserved no mercy and killed even those who believed in his cause the most. Non-comic book fans who have been watching the show with no idea of what happens in the comics could be in for a surprise if they take it in the direction of the books.

While it is expected that Jesse will be the man to finally kill Herr Starr, that is not what happened in the comic books. As a matter of fact, Jesse was very busy in another fight when Tulip made her way through the Grail, guns blazing, and finally took down Herr Starr herself. Making Tulip the hero to beat The Grail would be the perfect end for her television character.

2 CASSIDY’S SACRIFICE

Cassidy betrayed Jesse more than once — not because he was an evil man but because he was a vampire on the road to Hell and failed to do the right thing even when given the chance. However, the final battle for Jesse in the comics was not against Herr Starr or God, but against his best friend Cassidy.

The two men battled it out, all while telling each other how disappointed they were with Cassidy’s actions. Jesse was angry and Cassidey remorseful and they beat the hell out of each other to prove it. Then, as the sun came up, Cassidy sacrificed himself after making a secret deal with God to save Jesse and release his friend from Genesis once and for all. It was the perfect hero moment for Cassidy.

1 SAINT OF KILLERS VS GOD

The most controversial moment in the comic books needs to be how they end the final season of Preacher. The Saint of Killers spent much of his life in Hell and when he wasn’t there, he was on a mission to kill and kill and kill again. He deserves peace and this moment is his chance to win that peace.

As readers of the Preacher comics know, the Saint of Killers made his way into Heaven and laid waste to the angels that kept screwing things up. He then waited patiently and when Jesse was finally rid of Genesis and God felt safe enough to return, he faced the Saint of Killers and his gun and took the bullet to the head that finally ensured the Saint could rest once and for all.

NEXT: Preacher: How Do Jesse’s Genesis Powers Work?


2019-04-15 11:04:15

Shawn S. Lealos

Preacher Season 4: Everything We Know

After Preacher season 3’s fiery finale, fans of AMC’s gleefully violent and irreverent supernatural series are already looking forward to season 4. The show stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a criminal-turned-preacher who becomes bonded with a powerful entity called Genesis – the offspring of a demon and an angel – that allows him to force people to bend to his commands. After learning that God has gone missing, Jesse goes on the road with his girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and a vampire called Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), to find God and hold him to account.

Latex dalmatian suits, horribly inbred holy children, and Adolf Hitler working in a sandwich shop: Preacher really does have it all. Here’s everything we know so far about season 4.

  • Release Date: August 4, 2019
  • Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, Graham McTavish, Pip Torrens
  • Showrunner: Sam Catlin
  • Network: AMC

Last updated: April 8, 2019

Preacher Season 4 Will Be the Final Season

The season 3 finale of Preacher clearly sets up a fourth season of the show, with Cassidy captured by The Grail and apparently locked up with an angel, and Herr Starr preparing for all-out war. AMC has confirmed that Preacher season 4 is happening – though with an unfortunate caveat: it will be the final season of the show. Ratings have been struggling for some time, but at least the showrunners are being given a chance to wrap things up properly with Preacher season 4, rather than leaving things on a cliffhanger.

Related: Preacher Season 3 Finale Recap: Bye-Bye, Angelville

Which Cast Members Are Returning in Season 4?

The denizens of Angelville – Marie L’Angell (Betty Buckley), T.C. (Colin Cunningham), and Jody (Jeremy Childs) – were all killed off in Preacher‘s season 3 finale, so unless they pop up in Hell, it’s fairly safe to say that we won’t be seeing them again. Herr Starr’s poor, faithful lieutenant Hoover (Malcolm Barrett) was also killed after lethal exposure to sunlight, and a couple of villains bit the dust: Satan himself (Jason Douglas) and wicked vampire cult leader Eccarius (Adam Croasdell).

The main trio – Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and Proinsias Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) – are sure to return, along with Eugene Root (Ian Colletti), the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor), Herr Starr (Pip Torrens), Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery). God (Mark Harelik) is also very likely to return, and as of the season finale there were still quite a few Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter) clones wandering the world, so we may see the wondrous tap-dancing Messiah again.

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When Preacher Season 4 Will Premiere

AMC has confirmed that Preacher season 4 will premiere on August 4, 2019. The show’s co-creator, Seth Rogen, broke the news on Twitter with a psychedelic teaser set to the death metal song “Animatronic” by The Kovenant, which warns that, “Time is running out for the planet Earth.”

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Preacher Season 4 Story Details

Based on the season 3 finale, it looks like Preacher season 4’s story will be about Jesse and Tulip trying to rescue Cassidy from the clutches of The Grail. Meanwhile, Herr Starr has given up on trying to convince Jesse to become the Messiah, and is preparing for some kind of holy war. Down in Hell, Hitler has taken advantage of the power vacuum created when the Saint of Killers killed Satan, and has crowned himself the new King of Hell – which is sure to cause some problems. The Saint himself is headed back to Earth, with Eugene Root in tow… and Eugene is none too happy about being sent to Hell and left there by Jesse.

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Preacher Season 4 Doesn’t Have a Trailer Yet

We’ll update this page as soon as the first trailer for Preacher season 4 arrives.

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2019-04-08 12:04:26

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Preacher Season 4 Confirmed To Be Its Last, Premiere Date Revealed

AMC’s Preacher has revealed the premiere date for season 4, and also confirmed that the new season will be the show’s last. Based on the Vertigo Comics title, Preacher follows the quirky and violent adventures of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they, among other things, go on a quest to find God, and do battle with various villains, including the indestructible Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish).

Creators Seth Rogen, Sam Catlin, and Evan Goldberg introduced Preacher to TV audiences in 2016 for a debut season set in the Texas town of Annville, where disillusioned preacher Jesse acquires a mysterious power from a pair of incompetent angels. The first season’s shocking finale featured the total destruction of Annville and the death of most of the show’s characters, setting up a second season that saw Jesse, Tulip, and the vampire Cassidy going on a road trip to New Orleans literally in search of God. Season 3 delved deeper into Jesse’s origins, introducing his twisted family while continuing his season 2 battle with the mysterious Grail and their bizarre leader Herr Starr (Pip Torrens).

Related: Preacher: 10 Things You Didn’t Notice In Season 2

Last November, AMC officially renewed Preacher for season 4, and today series co-creator Seth Rogen posted a tweet confirming that the fourth season will arrive on August 4th, 2019. Rogen also confirmed that the fourth season will be the last for the show. See the tweet below:

Though Preacher has never been a huge ratings winner for AMC, the first season did manage to crack the 1 million mark in viewers for every episode, a performance it struggled to maintain in subsequent years. Season 3 indeed saw those numbers sagging below the 1 million plateau for every episode except the season finale. Critics have by-and-large lauded the show, however, and it currently holds a 90 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Though the show’s audience has never been huge, it has developed a loyal cult following thanks to its eccentric characters, bizarre settings, and sometimes wild action. However, budgetary constraints have arguably kept the series from truly capturing the over-the-top feel of the original comic.

Given the show’s rather weak ratings and the fact of how much it costs to produce a series that is fairly action-heavy, it’s probably not a huge shock to see AMC bringing Preacher to an end after the fourth season. The show never achieved the same cross-over impact as other AMC series like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, but the strange adventures of Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy have made for some entertaining television, and the show has managed to build a small but loyal band of devotees who will no doubt be sad to see it end.

More: Preacher Season 4: Everything We Know

Source: Seth Rogen



2019-04-08 02:04:33

Dan Zinski

Preacher: 10 Things You Didn’t Notice In Season 2

When it comes to shows based on comic books, it is always fun for fans to watch for certain Easter eggs that show up during the episodes or the movies based on them. Sometimes, these moments are obvious to fans of the comics and other times, it takes a few episodes to realize what the Easter egg was referencing.

On AMC’s Preacher, the show has veered away from the comic in many areas, including sending Arseface to Hell, changing up Cassidy’s dealings with the New Orleans vampires, and introducing Adolf Hitler into the storyline. However, they also work hard to pay tribute to the story from the comics in many ways. Here is a look at 10 things that fans might have missed in Preacher season 2.

10 JOHN WAYNE

One of the most important parts of Jesse Custer’s story in the Preacher comics was that he was raised mostly without a father and was tortured and abused as a child by his gran’ma, Jody and TC. He needed something to help him get by and he found that by talking to his imaginary friend — the ghost of John Wayne — who helped Jesse learn how to become a man.

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John Wayne is not part of the Preacher TV show but throughout the first two seasons, there have been homages paid to the Duke on occasion as an Easter egg for fans. In the episode “Dallas,” there is a flashback where Jesse’s roommate talks about how John Wayne movies are all “patriarchal,” to which Jesse respectfully disagrees.

9 PILGRIM’S CIGARETTES

There is a second homage to John Wayne in season 2 and this one happens in the third episode of the season, “Damsels.” In that episode, there is a cigarette machine that sells Pilgrims cigarettes. Of course, in the classic John Wayne movies, he used to always call people “Pilgrim” when talking to them.

RELATED: Preacher Season 2 Finale Explained

In the comic books, Jesse also smokes Pilgrims cigarettes, so this is also something pulled directly from the comics, but at the same time, it was an homage to John Wayne there as well. This is just another way to leave a tip of the cap to The Duke without using him as a plot device on the Preacher TV show.

8 JOHN B. ROBERT DAM

There is a ton of talking lately about The Walking Dead being in the same world as Breaking Bad and that the results of Walter White’s enterprise could have led to the end of the world. With both shows airing on AMC, it makes the hypothetical situation fun to discuss. Of course, Preacher is also an AMC series and it also has a great homage to Breaking Bad.

Remember when Fiore and DeBlanc took the bus to Hell in “Finish the Song?” The bus picked them up in front of the John B. Robert Dam in New Mexico. It was the exact same location that was seen in Breaking Bad as another key pick up point for both Jesse Pinkman and Walter White.

7 LIBRARY SCENE FROM SE7EN

In the episode “Sokosha,” there is a library scene where Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy head to research information on the Saint of Killers so they can try to find a way to stop him one way or the other. This is the New Orleans Public Library and looks very familiar for anyone who watched the David Fincher movie Se7en.

The library in this episode of Preacher looks just like the one from Se7en but there is one more step that makes this more than just a coincidence. Both the movie and the television episode has a montage that has Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major” playing over the scene.

6 DARK TOWER – 19

Stephen King fans know about the importance of the number 19. During the final stretch of The Dark Tower series, Roland and his ka-tet start to see the number 19 everywhere both in the form of the numeral as well as in names that have 19 letters, combinations of numbers that total 19, and even tree branches that look like a 19.

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There are even hints at the number 19 in The Shining, The Dead Zone, The Shawshank Redemption and more. In Preacher, there were at least two instances with the number 19 — the first being the first room the Saint of Killers goes into looking for Jesse and the second the room where Herr Starr’s minions set up shop at.

5 THE COFFIN IN THE FISH TANK

A great Easter egg/homage took place in the season 2 premiere of Preacher, “All in the Family,” when Jesse was sitting at a table and talking about his old family to Cassidy and Tulip. When Cassidy looks at the photos and asks why the L’Angells were not in any of his mother’s family photos, Jesse said that they were not invited.

RELATED: Preacher Season 3 Finale Recap: Bye-Bye, Angelville

The Easter egg came when looking behind Jesse when a small coffin-looking treasure chest sunk to the bottom of the fish tank. As fans learned later, and those who read the comics already knew, Jesse was punished as a child by being sealed in a coffin and sunk to the bottom of the swamp for hours at a time.

4 GENE SERGEANT

In the ninth episode, “Puzzle Piece,” there is a scene where Cassidy is drinking some blood from a mug. The name on the mug is “Gene Sergeant’s Georgia Records.” This is an Easter egg straight from the Preacher comics from a storyline that did not play out on the AMC television series.

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On the TV show, Jesse sent Arseface to Hell and then was basically haunted by him until the kid escaped from Hell. However, this didn’t happen in the comics and Arseface instead became a famous music star. The record promoter who discovers him in the comics is named Gene Sergeant.

3 TROLLING THE FALCONS

In episode seven of Preacher season 2, titled “Pig,” there was a scene that took place in Vietnam. This scene had a mysterious pig start floating in the air, which many in the village saw as a miracle. As a result, the church sent Herr Starr to investigate, and when he arrived and saw that people were starting to almost worship the pig.

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Herr Starr did what Herr Starr does best — he murdered the entire village and the pig by poisoning their water supply. So, what was the Easter egg here? Check out the kid wearing the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl champion shirt. The Falcons didn’t win the Super Bowl, but t-shirts are made for both teams and those from the losing team are often sent to third world countries as a donation.

2 BILL HICKS

Fans know Bill Hicks as a legendary standup comedian who used satire based on social situations to make his name in the world of comedy. His best skill rested in making people angry about the issues he spoke on. What is important here about Hicks is that he actually appeared as a character in the Preacher comic book series.

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His comedy inspired a drunk Jesse Custer to speak the truth — no matter the consequences — and it was something that Custer remembered his entire life.  In the episode “Mumbai Sky Tower,” there is a Bill Hicks poster in Fiore’s dressing room.

1 YOU ARE LEAVING TEXAS

Fans of comic books love to see when a panel from their favorite books is remade for the movie or television show adaptation. This happened in Preacher on more than one occasion. A perfect example came in the second season episode “Damsels.”

When driving out of town, there is a “You Are Now Leaving Texas” sign with some graffiti on it that reads, “Your Loss Dips**t.” This sign with the exact same graffiti comes directly from the Preacher comic books, specifically Preacher #7 where the exact sign was shown on the last page of that issue.


2019-03-28 05:03:53

Shawn S. Lealos

Preacher Season 1: Story Recap & Ending Explained

Preacher season 1 ended on a literally explosive note, so let’s break down the season and the shocking finale. Preacher is based on the acclaimed graphic novel series by Garth Ennis. The sprawling tale follows Jesse Custer, a disillusioned preacher who is infected by a being called Genesis, the spawn of an angel and a demon. Genesis gives Jesse the power of persuasion, with anybody who hears his voice having to do what he commands. Once Jesse learns God has abandoned heaven, he sets out on a road trip with ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vampire Cassidy to find him.

Preacher is a graphic novel that’s hilarious, violent and emotional, and prior to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg adapting it for TV, filmmakers such as Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) tried to mount live-action versions. While Preacher season 1 is a faithful adaptation of the source material, it chooses to spend more time in Annville first, giving focus to the residents while Jesse comes to grips with his powers.

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Preacher season 1 acts as an extended setup for the epic road trip that forms the basis of the graphic novel, with the finale setting Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy on the road. In a way, it was a wise choice to ground the first season in Annville, ensuring viewers had time to get to know the characters and lore first. Preacher season 1 reveals Jesse used to be a thief before becoming a preacher, with ex-partner and lover Tulip coming back into his life while seeking revenge on a character named Carlos. It turns out Carlos abandoned them during a robbery, which caused Tulip to miscarry her and Jesse’s baby. She eventually catches Carlos, but she and Jesse decide not to kill him – but they do beat him to a bloody pulp.

Cassidy the vampire arrives in Annville after a bloody run-in with some vampire hunters, and he and Jesse become fast friends, though he and Tulip sleep together before Cassidy knows their history. Preacher season 1 finds Jesse energized to use Genesis for good in the town, but his intentions often backfire. He accidentally sends the sheriff’s son Eugene to hell in a moment of anger and makes an enemy of local businessman Odin Quincannon, who wants the land Jesse’s church sits on.

Two angels called Fiore and Deblanc also try to extract Genesis from Jesse, but when that fails, they head to Hell to recruit a demonic gunslinger known as The Cowboy to take Jesse down. The Cowboy kills Deblanc before Fiore convinces him to take the assignment. The finale of Preacher season 1 “Call And Response” has Jesse gather the town together, including Quincannon, as he calls God on a device stolen from the two angels. The town is shocked when “God” appears to show up, but Jesse quickly realizes the figure is an imposter and forces him to confess in front of the town that God has abandoned Heaven and gone missing.

Preacher season 1 ends with Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy heading off on their road trip, while Annville – already reeling from the revelation about God’s absence – is blown off the map following a methane reactor accident. This kills Quincannon, Sheriff Root and pretty much every other character introduced in Preacher season 1, wiping the slate clean for the next season. The gang are also unaware The Cowboy is now on their tail, and will stop at nothing to find Jesse.

Next: Preacher Season 4: Everything We Know


2019-03-22 12:03:58

Padraig Cotter

Preacher Renewed For Season 4 At AMC

AMC isn’t done with the search for God, apparently, as the cable network has announced that Preacher has been renewed for season 4, with a slight change in location for the upcoming production. The series has been making its way through its source material, with season 3 having spent much of its time exploring the past of main character Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), with his two friends, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) in tow. 

Season 3 may have been the most ambitious of the series yet, as it not only tackled Jesse’s extended family, the L’Angells — Marie (aka, Gran’ma), TC, and Jody — but also somehow found room for Allfather D’Aronique, who precipitated an extended confrontation between Jesse and the Grail, and a run in between Cassidy and Les Enfants du Sang (Children of the Blood) cult. All that is on top of the usual hyper-stylized, comedic ultra-violence the series is known for. 

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So, given that and the fact that the series is produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who seem to announce they’re involved with a new television series on a weekly basis), and the fact that the series is getting closer to the source material’s actual ending, it’s perhaps no surprise that the network would renew Preacher for a fourth season. As was reported by TVLine, however, season 4 will bring about one major change: the production will move from Louisiana to Australia, though no reasons for the move were not readily available. 

The move may simply be to keep costs on the series down, especially as the story marches toward its conclusion. The land down under is no stranger to film and television productions, and given that Preacher is produced by Sony Pictures Television, it’s a good bet the studio wanted to take advantage of not only certain tax breaks, but also the numerous production facilities. Whether that means there’ll be a noticeable difference in Preacher season 4 from what’s come before remains to be seen, but it will be worth keeping an eye out for. 

As for AMC’s decision to renew the series despite it not being part of the usual television conversation (at least not like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, or other genre favorites), might have to do with the network’s desire to build up its content library. In that sense, Preacher’s value may be in what it could bring to the network (and its nascent streaming option) in the years to come, rather than what it brings in on a season-by-season basis. With season 4 a sure thing, it will be interesting to see how much closer showrunner Sam Catlin gets to closing out the story of Jess Custer and his search for the Almighty, and if it’ll take a fifth season to do it. 

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Preacher season 3 is expected to air on AMC sometime in 2019. 

Source: TVLine



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Simon Pegg Interview: The Boys

Amazon’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Boys, dropped some big news at New York Comic Con this week; not only did was the first clip from the show revealed, but so was the news that Simon Pegg would be appearing in it. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name, which satirizes the superhero world and imagines life in a universe where those with powers become corrupted by them – but maintain their public image.

The ‘Boys’ of the comic title are a group of vigilantes, mostly without superpowers, who take it upon themselves to keep tabs on the various ‘supes’ in this world – and occasionally, to take them down. The series follows Butcher (Karl Urban), his new protege Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of their gang as they wreak havoc on the twisted supes that the world sees as heroes, and it promises to be violent, foul-mouthed, and hilariously dark. After the reveal that Pegg would be appearing in the show as Hughie’s father, we sat down to talk about what fans can expect from his new character on the show.

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SR: So, obviously this was a big reveal for The Boys today. Can we ask now how big your part in the show is?

Simon Pegg: I’m a guest role. I think I’m in a few episodes, and it was something that we really wanted to do from the off. When the show became a reality, they were very kind to get in contact when Jack was cast and say ‘maybe you can be in the show’. And I think I suggested that maybe I could play Hughie’s father or something.

SR: So it was your idea?

Simon Pegg: Well, I can’t remember, but I feel like I did say that! Whether or not they had already had the character in mind I’m not sure, because he certainly… he serves a real purpose in the show. He’s not in the comic book, but I think in the show he represents the possibility of Hughie not taking action. And the show begins with this terrible tragedy that happens to Hugie and he has two choices; he can stay on the sofa with Dad like every Campbell man has in the past, or he can actually change his life.

And so, as a sort of visual representation of Hughie’s possible destiny, the Dad works really well as a character.

SR: And do we see any of Hughie’s Mom?

Simon Pegg: No, she passed away, so it’s just Hughie and Dad, and they have a very sweet relationship. That picture that you saw of us, the family shot, is very much prior to A-Train doing what he does. They have a very sweet little… you know they are just father and son, and he’s still got his toys in his bedroom, and they live together, and Dad dotes on him. He’s a nice guy, he’s just very ineffectual.

SR: How do you feel about the fact that in the comics, obviously Hughie is Scottish and now we’re coming over to the US for this series? Are you going to be an English Dad or are you going to do the American accent?

Simon Pegg: Well, we talked about this, and I think what happened was initially I was going to play Hughie’s Dad as Scottish in reference to the comic book, but then we decided in a way that if Hughie was used to a British accent of any kind, it would make Butcher less alien to him, in a way. Because Butcher’s got to feel like he’s from a completely different world, you know, and so he has this rough Cockney accent, and so we thought ok, let’s make them American. So I play Hughie’s father as American.

SR: Which other character are you most excited about? Which one is your favorite, either in the comics or the show… is it the same one?

Simon Pegg: I was just really happy to see the Supes, you know! When I did my first scene it was quite early on in the shoot and not all of the Boys had actually arrived. I hadn’t met Karen [Fukahara] or anybody and I was kind of like, really wanting to see some superheroes. And then when I came back to shoot some more scenes later on I got to see A-Train, and pictures of the other ones, and it was just really great to see them in 3D! But the one that I saw that was a full on ‘there he is, right in front of me’ superhero was a real treat.

SR: Do you think that this show is going to be particularly appealing to people who are maybe getting a little of that so-called ‘superhero fatigue’?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, I think that in a weird way, as a satire on superheroism, that’s kind of the least of what this show is, in a way. It’s a broader satire about the notion of power and celebrity, and it just so happens that the subjects of that particular analysis are superheroes in this show. We do, obviously, satirize superhero culture a little bit, and people might enjoy the parallels to other known superheroes that The Boys delights in. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a superhero show, I think it’s just a welcome change of tone, for sure. But it’s not like, I don’t think it’s sneering at its roots in any way. In the great tradition of comics like The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, it’s kind of a slightly skewed version of that world, no less reverent.

SR: And other than yourself, because obviously your character doesn’t exist in the comics, were there any other major changes that surprised you, going in as a fan? At least, I am assuming you are a fan!

Simon Pegg: I am, yes! Everything that I saw, I really really liked, and I appreciate the importance, when making an adaptation, of not being too slavish. You can tie yourself in knots by being desperate to please, and I think that the best thing you can do with a story that first appeared in 2008 sis to make sure that it feels relevant in 2018. So they’ve done everything they can to do that. So the changes that I saw felt completely in keeping with the spirit of the comic book, and I know that’s what Garth Ennis really wanted as well, and Darick Robertson (the artist). And so as long as they maintain the kind of mission statement of it I’m happy to see it change. It must change, in the same way that The Walking Dead as a comic book is very different to the series, but it still has its own personality. TV is a different medium, you know, and it should have its own identity.

SR: And finally, I think we have time for one more, so given that you know the works of Garth Ennis, would you think that The Pro would be an interesting thing to be adapted next? And would you like to appear in that one, if it did?

Simon Pegg: [LAUGHS] I think anything he does is always… I think Garth kind of writes specifically to try and challenge people not to adapt… as if to say ‘alright, adapt that then!’. You know, things that just seem completely unadaptable. So, yes, I would always be happy to be involved in anything that Garth does, I’ve been a fan a long time, so yeah.

And, now they’ve done Preacher and now this, I think it’s paved the way for pretty much anything he does to appear in some form, you know, however mental. I shouldn’t say that, it’s the wrong word to say.

SR: Well, it’s a very British word.

Simon Pegg: [CHUCKLES] Yeah. So – who knows, you might have started a rumor – this is how these things start!

Next: Everything We Know About Preacher Season 4

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.



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2018-10-10 01:10:06 – Rose Moore

Vertigo’s Border Town Comic is a Latinx PREACHER

Warning: SPOILERS for Border Town #1

Vertigo Comics has kicked off the relaunch of their brand with Border Town – an intensely controversial comic whose racially-charged premise tackles the tensions along America’s border with Mexico head-on. Despite the controversy, or perhaps because of it, Border Town may be the most sharply satirical work that Vertigo Comics has published since Preacher. Not bad for a first issue.

Set in the fictional town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the action of Border Town centers upon Frank Dominguez – a troubled teenager who was forcibly relocated to the small town after his mother decided to move in with her latest boyfriend. Soon Frank finds himself running afoul of the local gang of teenage skinheads, before the greater dangers of Devil’s Fork begin to rear their heads (and teeth). The boundary between this world and the next is growing thinner out in the desert, and for monsters who take the form of a person’s greatest fear… they have no shortage of choices.

Related: Latino Comic Writer Receives Racist Threats Ahead of SDCC

The first issue establishes the main characters and its premise, with Frank befriending some of the other outcast teenagers of Devil’s Fork. The early synopsis reveals that Frank and his new friends will soon be the only ones who can stop the monsters in the desert, whose murderous rampages are written off by the local authorities as the work of illegal aliens.

This, coupled with the idea of depicting corrupt and/or incompetent police has drawn the ire of various political groups, prompting promises of boycotts as well as death threats against Border Town‘s writer Eric M. Esquivel. It has also inspired many to write the series off as intentionally courting controversy to hide the similarities to Stephen King’s IT (just set in Arizona).

While many horror stories are built around the concept of young people having to fight a threat their elders refuse to acknowledge, it does Border Town a disservice to dismiss it as a southwestern-themed Stranger Things. The first issue sports a sharply comedic edge that attacks everyone who allows the fear of the unknown to control their lives. Much of the humor of the book comes from seeing the outrageous forms the monsters take on, with racist militiamen being torn apart by a figure who resembles The Incredible Hulk in a sombrero, and one woman seeing the giant creature as a neo-Nazi preppie with a Tiki-torch.

It won’t take readers long to see how Border Town invites comparison to the original Preacher comics, embracing a similar over-the-top approach, and using dark humor to address current events – a feat the Preacher TV show embraces as well.

All questions of politics and originality aside, it seems likely that Border Town will get people talking about what else is in store for Vertigo Comics’ relaunch. The mature readers’ imprint of DC Comics was first founded in 1993 to give the company’s titles aimed at adult readers more freedom, and the ability to operate outside the confines of the Comics Code Authority (which governed the content and distribution of most US comics at the time).

Vertigo’s relaunch, timed to coincide with their 25th anniversary, will see the release of six more new series inspired by the original Vertigo mandate to create topical, thought-provoking works of comic art. And if Border Town is a sign of how fearlessly they’re swinging, they have our attention.

Border Town #1 is now available from Vertigo Comics.

More: Vertigo Comics Returns To Its Roots With A Line-Wide Relaunch



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2018-09-07 05:09:02 – Matt Morrison

Preacher’s Graham McTavish to Recur in Lucifer Season 4



In a considerable departure from his role as the Saint of Killers in Preacher, Graham McTavish has been cast in a recurring role as kindly priest Father Kinley in Lucifer season 4. The supernatural police procedural is, like Preacher, based on a comic book of the same name from DC’s Vertigo imprint. Lucifer was canceled by FOX earlier this summer, but quickly picked up for a fourth season by Netflix.

McTavish is currently appearing in the third season of Preacher, as the Saint is given the unenviable task of trying to drag Eugene “Arseface” Root, Adolf Hitler, and Tulip O’Hare to Hell. McTavish is also known for playing Dwalin, one of the dwarves, in the Hobbit movies, and for his role as Dougal MacKenzie in Outlander. He’s an actor with a very broad range, and an excellent new addition to Lucifer‘s cast.

Related: Lucifer Season 4 Officially Starts Production

According to TVLine McTavish’s character, Father Kinley, is a “kind, deeply empathetic and revered priest,” who is “profoundly committed to guarding his flock. That includes doing whatever it takes to keep mankind safe from evil — which doesn’t bode well for a certain devil living in Los Angeles.” So, as kindly and empathetic as he may be, Kinley may end up playing something of an antagonist in Lucifer season 4. This is a recurring role for McTavish, though it’s as-yet unknown how many episodes of Lucifer’s 10-episode fourth season he’ll appear in.

Lucifer stars the ever-charming Tom Ellis as the eponymous King of Hell, who decides to abandon his responsibilities, move to Los Angeles, and open a nightclub. There he teams up with homicide detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), and uses his supernatural talents to help her solve crime, while continuing to dodge efforts to compel him back to his throne in Hell.

Season 4 of Lucifer recently began filming, and The Leftovers‘ Inbar Lavi also recently joined the show’s cast as Eve (yes, that Eve), who is still around and still married to Adam. However, after all this time their marriage has grown somewhat stale and Eve has developed a longing to go back to more wicked times, including rekindling her passions for her “first love” – our man Lucifer. It certainly looks like things are going to get interesting, so we’ll keep you updated on any further casting news and story details.

More: Lucifer Season 4 Has Been Picked Up by Netflix

Lucifer is expected to return on Netflix in 2019.

Source: TVLine



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