Warning: This article contains spoilers from Season 1 of Preacher. If you haven't caught up then I command you, in my best Genesis voice, to stop reading now.
After all ten powerful episodes, Preacher concluded its first season with a bang and left me gasping for more. The finale couldn't have been more perfect, tying up several loose ends as well as leaving just enough storyline open to continue next season. Ultimately, this means that we have to put away those prayer books for a whole year, but before we do lets take a look at several things you might have missed in "Call and Response."
1. Nobody's Perfect, But Cassidy Comes Close
While locked in a prison cell defending his vampirism, Cassidy told Sheriff Root that he's not perfect — nobody is perfect. Despite the scene's humorous nature, the words hit a chord with the sheriff. Cassidy is right: Every character in Preacher has their flaws. Jesse struggles with God's plan for him. Tulip struggles with what is right and what is wrong, Cassidy is good-hearted but sometimes has to feed on humans and Sheriff Root struggles with Eugene because of what he did.
I discussed Cassidy's humanity a couple of weeks ago and the same discussion applies here — it's incredibly ironic that the one person who seems to understand humanity itself is the one who isn't human. Cassidy's vampirism has given him a whole new outlook on humanity. We all believed that Jesse would be Cassidy's moral compass but it appears that it's the other way around — he'd never admit it, but Jesse would be lost without Cassidy to guide him back to the righteous path.
2. Without Belief, There Is Anarchy
Preacher's first season focused a lot on the idea of belief and/or the lack of it. Take Jesse for example — he's been chasing the idea of God since the very first episode and after he was corrupted by Genesis, he convinced himself that he was fulfilling God's plan. Tulip has made it clear that she doesn't believe, Eugene is a firm believer and then we have Quinncannon — who won't believe in what he can't see (he believes in the God of meat, because that's a substantial God that he can see).
In the season finale, God did not show up and it left the congregation in a vulnerable state. The school kids mutilated the corrupt bus driver, Tracy Loach's mother killed her, and many remained sullen at the absence of God. God's absence has affected the residents of Annville, and so they ponder the question: Why be righteous and good if God's not there to judge? Before the finale, they either believed or didn't, but the solid truth of knowing that God is not there has had a lasting effect — it's confirmation that they're on their own and that they can sin and get away with it. Anarchy and chaos ensued.
3. Jesse Custer Is Back
After weeks of debating what happened to Jesse Custer's humanity — the man he was before Genesis — we finally saw Jesse's humanity restored. Not only did he seem more calm and collected, but he fought for his congregation — he wouldn't take no for an answer from the imposter God and he proved that he's not the bad guy. Tulip, who he had pushed away since the beginning of the series, finally got through to him. It's funny — as viewer I assumed that Tulip was bad news, trying to point Jesse down a dark path, but in reality it was Tulip who restored Jesse to his former self. He also refrained from using Genesis except in situations where he needed answers — this shows that he's not using it as a weapon, but more as a tool to answer the bigger questions.
It was also interesting to see Jesse pre-Annville in the flashbacks. The Jesse from Dallas was a fun, care-free individual and shared similarities with the Jesse from the pilot episode. Moreover, he and Tulip were happy with a baby on the way. Unfortunately things didn't work out. However, after months of pushing Tulip away, he finally let her in and the Jesse Custer that we fell in love with finally came back in his entirety. I'm a big Tulip and Jesse shipper.
4. Annville Is Hell On Earth
After the nuclear explosion, Annville was turned to dust and apparently no survivors are left. What is perhaps most noticeable about this is that Annivlle now resembles the town of Ratwater — the hellish place that the Cowboy has been living in in Hell.
This leads me to believe that Annville — the place that Jesse tried so desperately hard to make righteous has now become Hell on Earth. It's rather ironic that the cowboy's arrival from Hell has literally turned the town into Hell. With Jesse out to find God, and the Cowboy on his trail, things are about to heat up (pun very much intended) but with Hell now on Earth, can Jesse bring Heaven?
5. Is DeBlanc Dead?
When DeBlanc and Fiore visited Hell last week, the cowboy shot DeBlanc. We had just assumed — like we'd seen before — that DeBlanc would re-materialize after he'd been killed. However, Fiore arrived back on Earth and, after getting off the bus, he looked forlorn and sullen leaving viewers wondering: where is Deblanc?
If DeBlanc was killed in Hell — does this mean that he cannot come back? Perhaps DeBlanc is actually dead for real this time. The look on Fiore's face certainly seems that way. We'll be devastated if our favorite angel duo doesn't return. We're not giving up hope yet!
And that concludes the first season of Preacher. We may be able to fill our Sunday nights with Fear The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead, Westworld or Shameless, but there will be a hole in our hearts waiting for Preacher to return. An amazing first season with an even greater finale has left us extremely excited for the second season. Until then, peace be with you.
What are you excited to see in the second season of Preacher? Tell me in the comment section below!