Warning: This article contains spoilers from Season 1 of Preacher. If you haven't caught up on the most recent installment, then stop reading now — otherwise the Preacher may get angry.
Words cannot describe the multitude of emotions that I have been experiencing since watching the latest episode of Preacher. So many incredible things happened in such a short span of time and no matter what way I look at it, the town of Annville may never be the same again. So before I explode with excitement, let's get down to business and take a look at the most jaw dropping moments from "He's Gone."
1. Cassidy Finally Reveals The Truth
It's been a long time coming and in the latest episode Cassidy finally revealed his secret to Jesse. Throughout the episode, Jesse exhibits a lack of remorse over his actions, specifically sending Eugene to Hell — Jesse insists that Eugene was not innocent and that he more or less deserves to burn. Cassidy, disgusted at the preacher's attitude, decides that now would be the perfect time to reveal his secret as it may knock some sense into him. Using Jesse's logic, if anybody deserves to be punished then surely it's a vampire? But would Jesse allow his friend to be punished in a hellish manner?
Ripping off his clothes and walking into the sunlight, Cassidy burst into flames and fell to the ground. Jesse looked on in shock clutching a fire extinguisher, but will he save his friend or will he let him burn in hell?
2. Quincannon Won't Surrender
Quincannon decided that now would be the perfect time to cash in on the bet that he and Jesse made several episodes ago — that is, if Quincannon attended church and didn't leave a believer then Jesse would sign over his father's land to him. What leaves Jesse extremely confused — and a little peeved — is that Quincannon did leave his church a believer. Hesse used Genesis to convince Quincannon to serve God so it had to have worked, right?
However, as the viewers know, Quincannon acted in an un-Christian way when he murdered a room full of people several episodes ago. Quincannon wanted that land and, while also making clear that he's "no Christian," he more or less told Jesse that he will not surrender.
Later, in a scene that is reminiscent of something from The Walking Dead, a horde of Quincannon's employees, accompanied by tractors and wrecking machinery head for Jesse's beloved church.
3. Jesse In Denial?
The episode picked up immediately where the last episode left off and we can see Jesse staring at the spot where Eugene once stood. Jesse seemed disturbed at first, but decided to proceed with the church service. Unbeknownst to Jesse, Cassidy had witnessed the whole thing.
Cassidy attempts to console Jesse, but Jesse plays coy — brushing off the whole event as unimportant, which leaves Cassidy worried about him. Later, Jesse launches into a monologue about how Eugene is no innocent child and that perhaps Eugene ending up in Hell is God's will — a statement that further alienates Cassidy. It's hard to know if Jesse's in denial or if he is losing his humanity to Genesis.
4. Jesse's Changing Attitude
Continuing from the point above, Jesse's attitude is certainly a far cry from the good-willed preacher from the pilot episode. However, there was always a dark side to Jesse, which the viewers are getting more of an opportunity to discover through the flashback sequences. Not only did Jesse alienate Cassidy but he also let loose on Tulip and Emily.
Tulip questioned Jesse's silence at the dinner table while they all ate a meal that she made. Jesse mocked her cooking technique with a sinister tone of voice and then asked why she was still here. Disgruntled by his behavior, she exited the house.
With everyone gone but Emily, the kind-hearted church organizer tells Jesse that she believed in him and was delighted when he arrived back in town. Jesse turned on her as well, arguing that her belief is wasted on him and told her to go home. She left with tears evident in her eyes.
5. Jesse's Childhood
Something that I've been praying for (see what I did there?) is to see Jesse's childhood explored in more detail. We know that Jesse holds his father — also a preacher — on a pedestal. However, we also know that Jesse's father beat him when he misbehaved, so up until this week, we really didn't know what to make of him.
In the latest episode, we got a series of flashbacks that explored Jesse's relationship with his father and also his relationship with a younger Tulip. We saw that Jesse and Tulip were incredibly close and Tulip even stayed at the church for a while. Unfortunately, Jesse's father got family services involved and Tulip was taken away — an action that made Jesse resent his father.
Interestingly, his father's excuse for sending Tulip away came down to the fact that she's "an O' Hare," something that modern-day Jesse later used as a weapon when insulting his former girlfriend. The significance of this statement has yet to be revealed.
What a mind-blowing episode, right? There are only three more installments of Preacher left and something tells me that this is only the beginning as things continue heating up. Who knows what lies ahead for Jesse and the gang next week? More importantly, what happened to Cassidy? Will he remain alive for the final three episodes or even the second season? Next Sunday cannot come quick enough. Don't forget to attend.
What was your favorite moment from this week's episode of Preacher? Tell me in the comment section below.