The diabolical, grotesque and highly entertaining series is back with its fourth and final season. Preacher has pushed every envelope possible, bringing together a spectacle that viewers just can’t look away from. As ever, the premiere comes out with guns blazing, ready for a battle. With the first two episodes being released in one fell swoop, there was a lot to take in. (Spoilers Ahead)
I guess we all have to die sometime
When we last left our group of misfits, Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) was taken as a prisoner to the stronghold of Masada, which also happens to be The Grail’s headquarters. Outnumbered, but not outgunned, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Jesse (Dominic Cooper) have a rescue to attend to. It’s exactly what Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) has expected, but again, old habits die hard. Instead of taking the usual “shoot first, ask questions” later approach, Jesse goes in, unarmed (well, aside from his powers).
Everything Jesse and Tulip do is quite methodical. If something doesn’t quite go as expected, they always have another ace up their sleeve. It was easy to infiltrate The Grail, all it took was the “word” from Jesse, and they had themselves a small army. Unfortunately, the seamless part doesn’t exist, not in this world, there is always something that must go ‘wrong’, although it ends up working in their favour anyway.
Friends, Lovers and Foes
There is a continuing conflict between Cassidy and Jesse, even as the death-defying rescue ensues. It’s nice to see the snark and sass haven’t faded from the unaccounted amount of days Cassidy has been brutally tortured, the comedic timing is on point and highly amusing. These characters have always meshed so well together, enduring one big cohesive catastrophe after another. Even with rescue right at their fingertips, Cassidy chooses to go back into the fray, instead of leaving with Jesse.
Tulip and her badassery seem to get bigger and better as time goes on. Not only can she hold her own against Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery), who is always a worthy adversary, she’s loyal to a fault. There is no “can’t” in her vocabulary, nothing is out of the realm of possibility, and watching the insanity unfold is what keeps drawing fans in. Even after Jesse leaves her, after a few apocalyptic nightmares, she just keeps moving forward. She finds allies in the most unlikely places as well, Kamal ( Miritana Hughes), the well-meaning innkeeper. Not only does he worry for her, but he helps her when she needs it the most.
One step forward, two steps back
Something bigger is propelling Jesse forward, to an ancient religious site somewhere in Australia. The powers that be, aka, God (Mark Harelik), seems to be enjoying the show. Although there is more to the story, that presents itself when Herr Starr and God are gathered around a fire, ready to bring pain and destruction into Jesse’s world. Leaving more questions than answers, and at this point, I’m okay with that. This just adds to the intrigue and the questionable circumstances.
I have no doubt that the three of them will be reunited once more, but for now, they all must face their own demons. The relentless nature and stubborn ideologies are enough to keep them busy. Now that Tulip has found her way into the stronghold, there is no holding her back, hopefully, Cassidy can endure a few more stints in advanced torture. Perhaps there is some underlying guilt that keeps him coming back, at least that’s what the wise Frankie (Lachy Hulme), has so aptly put.
No Questions, only death
Herr Starr now reigns supreme over The Grail, after the unfortunate passing of the previous “All-Father”. This has been his end goal all along, now if only they could locate the real “holy child”. With the copious amounts of Humperdoo’s (Tyson Ritter) that have been released onto the world, that proves to be more problematic than anything. He is quick to flex his new power and authority over worldly leaders when one questions the whereabouts of the holy one. Who knew death by grenade could be mess-less?
The storm is brewing, and the end is near. Signs are all around them, but that has always been the case. Where is The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) in all of this? He is still tracking, relentless in his quest. At least he has Arseface (Ian Colletti) for company this time. They have both come a long way in this series, and it isn’t stopping any time soon.
All hell is breaking loose. I’m ready to see the world burn.
The next episode of Preacher airs Sunday, August 11 at 9/8c on AMC.
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