Note: This article includes spoilers for Preacher Season 1.
We're only a month away from the highly-anticipated return of the cult supernatural comedy Preacher, but AMC is still keeping generally quiet about what fans should expect from Season 2, only having released a 30-second teaser trailer and minimal photos from the upcoming season.
The series follows Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small-town Texas preacher with a dirty past who inadvertently becomes merged with the powers of Genesis, the spawn of an "unholy" union between an angel and a demon. As Jesse struggles to learn about his new powers, he must also face the unexpected return of his criminal ex Tulip (Ruth Negga), the arrival of vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and angels Fiore and DeBlanc, who are trying to contain Genesis before it's set loose on the world.
Following the character introductions in the first season, the finale saw Jesse, Tulip and Cass discovering God was no longer in heaven, and hitting the road to find him and get him to go back to Heaven. (Or "kick his ass.") Oh, and Jesse's hometown blew up in a methane accident, killing everyone in the small community.
Despite many changes to the comic's plot in the first season, it ended almost exactly as the first comic began, which saw the merging of Genesis and Jesse blowing up the town — and Jesse immediately reuniting with Tulip and meeting Cass.
The network just released a few special character posters highlighting the three leads and their special talents, with executive producer #SethRogen also talking to Variety on how there was less pressure going into developing this season, as it will follow the comics a lot more closely, covering material "just more exciting" than the prequel that the first season represented.
Cooper also sat down with IGN to give a deeper look into the upcoming season, including how the new setting will change the tone drastically:
"It almost feels like we're in a totally different show to some extent ... The landscape and the backdrop of where we are is playing a role, as it did before, just like the backdrop of Annville and the slower pace of the town were very much a part of the atmosphere of that first season."
In taking the story on the road to New Orleans, Cooper describes the new atmosphere as "hectic and ever-changing," comparing the psychology of the characters to the road they're traveling on. (They start off on a "straight road with clarity" that dissolves into madness as their journey continues.)
Now that the characters are on the road to New Orleans, the story is jumping a little ahead in terms of storytelling, as their comic counterparts did not visit New Orleans until later in the comics. However, given the fact the first season took a different approach in adapting the comics, and the characters are still on the hunt for God, we are likely to see a thrilling adaptation of a combination of story arcs this season.
The primary story for the next phase of the gang's journey will see them tracking down God, while facing troubles on the road from the immortal Saint of Killers and a mysterious group of white-clad enemies. In the comics, this group was known as the Grail, tasked with preserving the bloodline of Christ and helping to facilitate the Second Coming.
When asked for specifics about which new heroes or foes we'll see in this season, Cooper kept a tight lip, not directly answering but offering big hints for fans of the comic:
"I think they've chosen the characters very wisely ... They get slowly dropped in and I think they'll make things — well, you'll see. There's this one certainly that I have a confrontation with. Actually, two major characters from the comics that I have a big confrontation with, that's very very exciting."
Cooper also hinted at a huge meeting towards the end of this season that is set to be "particularly exciting for both comic fans and those who've never read them." With the return of the Saint of Killers and the potential introduction of the Grail, Preacher Season 2 could prove to be an even bigger and more outrageous outing than the first.
Preacher will return to AMC for a two-night premiere beginning Sunday, June 25 at 10 p.m. and its regular timeslot, Monday, June 26 at 9 p.m. Catch up on season one on Hulu and AMC's website.
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