After an already thrilling premiere season, #AMC's adaptation of the Vertigo comic book series Preacher had an even bigger and bolder second season that went back to its comic roots and delivered outrageous action and grounded characters that did so well to tell the stories fans of the comics have wanted for years.
Thanks to solid ratings and even stronger reviews than its first season, AMC has decided to renew its dark action-comedy for a third season, according to Variety. After its jaw-dropper of a season finale, both fans of the show and the comics can breathe a sigh of relief as they will get to see the next chapter of their favorite characters' adventure. While we patiently wait for its 2018 return to the small screen, let's take a look back to the comics and see where Season 3 could go and who we could see.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, the death of Tulip in the finale certainly came as a shock. However, for diehard fans of the Preacher comics, this was a major moment we've long been waiting for. Though portrayed a little differently than in the graphic novels, Tulip suffered a very similar fate as her original counterpart in dying from a gunshot wound, having been shot by Miss Featherstone after uncovering her true identity. In the comics, Tulip's death proved to be a major plot point as it was the first time readers got to see God interact directly with the group and their adventures, bringing Tulip back to life with the caveat that she must warn Jesse his search for God will only bring more misfortune to him. With Tulip's death at the end of Season 2 and the brief appearance off God in an unknown motel room, chances are high fans could see this plot element come to life.
One of the biggest character drivers for Jesse in the comics, as well as in the second season, was him running from his past and his psychotic family The L'Angelles. From his mother's side, the L'Angelle family consisted of smart-yet-decrepit Grandma and thug enforcers Jody and T.C., who were responsible for the death of his father and the near-death of his mother and for shaping Jesse as a fighter. Though we were introduced to their existence in the second season, we have yet to actually see and meet the dangerous family, and with Cassidy and Jesse returning to their home in Angelville in the hopes of reviving Tulip, we might finally get to see these horrific people in person.
Eugene The Bounty Hunter
Ok, bounty hunter might be a bit of an exaggeration, but the son of Annville's deceased sheriff was on the rampage in a search for revenge on the titular hero after Jesse used the power of "The Word" to force the former sheriff to commit a humiliating act on himself, which in turn led to his suicide. Eugene "Arseface" Root set out to find Custer and make him pay for what he did to his father in the comics, and while the series has taken a different narrative route with Eugene in sending him to Hell, the third season could still see Eugene seek revenge on Jesse Custer. With Eugene having gone to Hell shortly before his hometown was destroyed, he might still see the preacher as responsible for his father's death and will want justice, or he might just hold resentment for having been sent to Hell by Jesse and will want revenge for that.
The French Connection
Season 2 of Preacher introduced to viewers Jesse's most formidable foe from the comics, Herr Starr and The Grail, the organization tasked with protecting the bloodline of Jesus Christ and its ruthless enforcer, as well as the current descendant in the line. But viewers have only seen the start of The Grail, and with things being left unclear between Jesse and Starr in the finale, there's a good chance we could see the next chapter of The Grail's involvement in the upcoming season. In the comics, Starr kidnaps and tortures Cassidy at the France home base of The Grail, in which readers also meet the leader of the organization, Allfather D'Aronique, an outrageously heavyset man who reigns over its members with an iron fist. With signs already pointing towards Starr's plans of a coup d'etat, it would be a thrill for fans of the comics to see the Allfather introduced this season and an explosive finale involving the coup.
Are you excited about a third season of Preacher? What do you hope to see from the comics in the next season? Let us know in the comments below!