SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet watched this week's episode of Preacher, then turn back now! This contains spoilers and key plot points.
After last week's shocking episode (and really, the entire series so far), we knew that the Preacher Season 1 finale was going to be incredible — and it didn't disappoint. Murder, mayhem, supernatural and spiritual shockers, a God-sized plot-twist and the highest body count yet wrap up the freshman season of this blood-soaked new show and leave us so excited for Season 2 that we're not sure we can wait till next spring.
As usual, we are left with an ever-increasing list of questions, although a few big ones were answered along the way. Comic book fans will be especially pleased with this week's episode, as it brings us back to where the graphic novel series starts (more or less). The golden trio of Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy have their mission and the open road ahead of them, and we can't wait to see where it leads.
But first, let's recap their final days in Annville.
God Is Coming
We open with the show giving us a recap of its own. Jesse and Odin Quincannon have set up a new bet, and Jesse is going to call God down to church on Sunday. Eugene is still missing, Jesse is still on the run, Tulip is back in town, and the people of Annville are going a little bit crazy at the possibility that the Lord himself will come to church with them on Sunday. Tulip is looking for Jesse, unsurprisingly, and rumor has it that he's at the Schnecks' house.
A Changed Man
Donnie is beating his wife again, and she couldn't be happier. He's back to his old self. Tulip, however, is less thrilled and she bursts in on them with a gun, demanding to see Jesse. Turns out, however, that Jesse is in absolutely no danger, and that Tulip's dramatic entrance was somewhat overdoing it.
Donnie, having been spared by Preacher in the men's room, and then shown by Preacher that he isn't a murderer (when Donnie had the chance to kill Preacher and didn't), has decided that he's on Preacher's side. Preacher has changed him — and he did it without using Genesis! Of course, Donnie is still the ultimate redneck, but he's also found some peace, so we're going to count this one a win. And until Sunday, Jesse has somewhere to lay low.
Legal In Texas
Meanwhile, Cass is stuck in prison, giving relationship advice to the town mascot. We're not sure exactly how he came to be in prison, but it seems that Sheriff Root is convinced that Cass knows where Eugene is...and he's willing to resort to some less-than-legal ways of finding answers. He's already found a few answers of his own, though.
The Sheriff has found Cassidy's records, and using the dates of his past crimes, has figured out that Cass isn't as young as he looks. In fact, he's figured it all out. The vampirism, the fact that Cass can be all-but-killed and recover, as long as he has some blood. And Sheriff Root has come with a thermos of blood. And a gun. And some questions.
Back To Carlos
After hearing about Donnie's change of heart, Tulip has something to show Jesse. Last we saw her, she'd gone to kill Carlos, and we pretty much assumed she had. Turns out, however, that Carlos is still alive, and Tulip is keeping him in the trunk of her car for Jesse to kill. But first, we finally get to learn what he did.
Back in Tulip and Jesse's criminal past, they were bank robbers, working with Carlos on a job. Carlos is outside, making sure no one comes in, while Tulip and Jesse are breaking into the safe deposit boxes and the vault. They're having some fun doing it, too — joking with each other, talking about Chinese food, generally acting like they are madly in love. It's sweet, in a Bonnie and Clyde kinda way. Carlos, however, isn't feeling quite so happy.
As he hears the two laughing as they crack the safe, he gets angry. He already has the deposit box takings in his car, and out of sheer spite, he releases the guard and runs away. He leaves them behind, and as a pregnant Tulip screams after him, she doubles over in pain.
Back In Jail
Cassidy, meanwhile, is being an impressively good friend to Jesse. Despite being shot and healed over and over again, he won't give up Jesse's secret. Sheriff Root is determined, but after Cass questions his desire to bring Eugene home, he gives up. He opens the cell and lets Cass go, leaving us to wonder exactly how he does feel about his son. We know that he thinks the world is a monster swamp, anyway.
Tulip And Jesse Vs. Carlos
Back in the Schnecks' kitchen, Jesse and Tulip are arguing over what to do with Carlos. Tulip wants him dead for what he did, but Jesse knows that nothing will bring back what they lost. Still, he's willing to do it for her. He quietly pulls together a garbage bag, an oven mitt, and a gun, saying that he's going to Hell anyway. Seeing Jesse returning to his criminal roots is surprisingly awesome, but nowhere near as fantastic as seeing him and Tulip finally getting back together.
The two cling to each other for a moment...before having a hilariously calm conversation about murder. As Carlos whimpers, they talk about damage to the car and what to do with him - after all, it's the thought that counts. For a moment, it even seems that the two are going to let him go (relatively) unharmed. Until Tulip hands him a tire iron with a smile. And Jesse gives him a gun, because it would be "unfair" otherwise.
Tulip and Jesse are back in brutal business, and it's not going to end well for Carlos. We, on the other hand, are pretty ecstatic about the situation.
The Schnecks manage to get rid of the cops at the church and join Tulip and Jesse in setting up for service. That means cleaning up the debris from the gunfight, and figuring out the phone - something that Mrs. Schneck's experience with office phones is particularly helpful for. She also tells us that we aren't just going to hear God, we're going to see him. It's going to be a helluva service.
Unsurprisingly, everyone in town has shown up to meet God — and not even Jesse knows what's going to happen. Cassidy shows up just in time for the show, and Tulip is happy to see him, but we know that he's more than happy to see her. Just before things start, we get to see Emily for her big moment of the finale; telling her daughter that Miles isn't showing up because he's "meeting God somewhere else." Ice. Cold.
After a quick introduction from Quincannon and his God of Meat, it's time to make a phone call. We know that this isn't going to be as easy as Jesse hopes, but we also know that Jesse has an actual angel phone, so we are on the edge of our seats as he sets up to dial. For a moment, it seems as though it isn't going to work. That Jesse will be tossed out of town as a lunatic. However, something finally goes through, the sun disappears, and with a great burst of light, he appears.
God Himself Comes To Church
He looks just like you would expect, too. An old white dude with a beard, who speaks to the congregation with a booming voice. It's a moment of total shock for everyone — including the viewers, as we wonder what's going to go wrong. We just know that something is going to go wrong.
At first, God appears furious that Jesse would dare to question him, and Tulip is furious that God is angry. Which makes Jesse angry. It's a shouting match with God, and for a moment it seems like he might start smiting...but instead, God laughs. He's impressed with Jesse's balls, and agrees to answer some questions. As he tells everyone that they are saved, that everyone is loved, everyone gets the answers that they want, it seems too good to be true.
And Too Good To Be True It Is
When Jesse asks if Eugene is saved, "God" tells everyone that they are. But Jesse knows that Eugene is in Hell — so how is that possible? When God accidentally reveals that he doesn't know anything about Genesis, Jesse knows the truth. This isn't God at all. He doesn't know anything, and Jesse is livid. He uses Genesis to demand answers from the Heavenly figure, and learns the truth. He doesn't know where God is. None of the angels know. God is missing.
"God" is hustled off his throne by (we assume) other angels when he makes his revelation, and the lights come back on to a shocked congregation. God is missing. But God is real. With Odin shouting at him to denounce God, Jesse leads Tulip and Cass out of the church. They're going to get Tulip some french fries.
Emily, unsure of what else to do, starts to play. Some of the congregation simply leaves. The rest start to destroy the church in a fury. Faith has left Annville, and there's going to be some fallout. Emily isn't actually unhappy about it. Instead, she tells her kids that life hasn't changed at all — they never needed God in the first place. She actually seems slightly freed by the realization. The rest of the town seems to be taking it with a little less equanimity.
The mascot hangs himself (from the same tree that was used to hang real Native Americans in the days of Ratwater). A group of young girls murder the bus driver who was assaulting them. Mrs. Loach suffocates her comatose daughter, while her son takes a selfie. In a callback to the pilot, the Roots watch the news as Tom Cruise's ashes are shot into space. Donnie lies on the bed, heartbroken, as his wife sits on the edge, dressed for their kinks. Odin has made a child-shaped lump of meat, and sits cradling it in his dead daughter's coat.
Finally, we learn what that giant bank of switches is. It's a methane-electro reactor, a way to release the pressure from a giant storage pool of cow dung from the slaughterhouses — the gases that power the town. However, this time when it gets overloaded, the man responsible isn't there to vent it. He's lying naked and either dead or utterly uncaring as the woman he was with is trying to figure out what to do in a ball gag and stockings.
She fails. Annville is entirely wiped out, including the church and everyone in it. Luckily, Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip got out in time, and are at the diner a few towns over eating french fries and talking about The Big Lebowski. They're also figuring out what to do next. Jesse's plan is to go in search of God — either to help him, or to kick his ass. Cass is in for the road trip, and Tulip goes where Jesse goes. First, she wants to know what Genesis is, so Jesse offers to show her — by commanding her to kiss him. It's a moment that we've been waiting for all season, even if she responds by punching him in the face. It's perfect. And the three ride off into the sunset.
Angels And Demons
Finally, we see the return of Fiore, alone and covered in soot. With him comes the Cowboy, out of Hell and onto Earth to hunt down the Preacher. In the wreckage of Annville, he first takes out the third angel with a shot through the torso — and she stays down. Which means that the Cowboy seems to have the power to kill an angel, and he's after Jesse. The finale ends with a single word: Preacher.
Questions We Want Answered
- What happened after Dallas? Now we know that Jesse and Tulip were set up to be caught in Dallas, but it's not entirely clear what happened next. Did they go to prison? Did Tulip lose the baby that day?
- Is this the last we've seen of Carlos? He's been a big part of this season, but will he be returning for Season 2? Presumably, Carlos made it out of Annville before the explosion, so we might bump into him again. However, he has also served his purpose, so we may not.
- Where is God? This is the key question of the episode, and the central issue of the comics. A search for a missing God. We aren't going to find this one out for quite some time.
- Is everyone dead? We're assuming that when Annville blew up, everyone aside from the Golden Trio was killed — but it's possible that some others escaped. Is there anyone else that we might see again?
- Is DeBlanc dead? Angels can't die on Earth, but can they die in Hell? Or is it that the Cowboy is able to kill angels? And what is Fiore going to do without him?
- What will the Cowboy do? He's on Earth now, and charged by the angels with killing Jesse, but will he? He's clearly got some revenge on his mind, but we don't know what he'll do next, or if he is capable of killing Genesis.
What's Next? Guns, Sex & Drugs. Shady Characters In Bikinis.
There's no trailer for the next episode, as we have to wait an entire year for Season 2 — but we've got an idea of what's to come. Annville is wiped from the map, Jesse is united with Tulip and Cassidy and they are going on a roadtrip to find God (and hopefully bring Eugene back from Hell). For fans of the comics, this sounds very familiar. In fact, this is pretty much exactly where the comics start, which means that things are about to really get going. Season 1 acts as a way for viewers to get to know the three main characters, and to set up the trip that the books take, so Season 2 is going to bring with it some huge changes.
We're assuming that next season will see a change from one locale to a new city every week (or few weeks) as the trio go hunting. We'll also see more of the Cowboy and some of the other characters from the books who have been hinted at in this season, as well as getting to know Jesse and Tulip's past a little bit better. Overall, we know that this is going to be an epic ride, full of guns, drugs, and misadventures, and we absolutely cannot wait.