“Preacher” fans, lend us your ears! Some intriguing new tidbits have surfaced regarding the highly-awaited Season 2 return of AMC’s newest comic-book series.
With a handful of first-look photos released by the network and some intriguing casting news — Saturday’s (Mar. 11) SXSW appearance is the icing on the cake — we can’t wait to return to the world that Garth Ennis built.
As you may recall, Season 1 ended on an explosive note: Literally blowing the town of Annville to smithereens, murdering almost everyone in the process — although as fans of the comics may have assumed, certain characters will live on, and in characteristically outlandish, bonkers ways.
With the final scenes of last year’s finale teasing the beginnings of the bizarre, ultraviolent road trip Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and Tulip (Ruth Negga) will make — ultimately setting out to thwart the end-of-the-world and find God, in the process — we’re still in the early stages of their collective adventures… Although it seems unlikely that Season 1’s slow-burn narrative style will continue in the new season.
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To get our hopes up even further, AMC has released some new casting news for the 13-episode run — set to premiere Monday, June 19th. Is it possible we’ll be getting a bigger peek into Jesse’s horrific childhood? And could the show’s Big Bad finally be revealed? We think SlashFilm is onto something with their speculation that Pip Torrens (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Crown”) would fit perfectly in the series as Herr Starr: The sadistically twisted big (bald) bad that sends the whole holy war story into a destructive tailspin.
As for the addition of Noah Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) in the role of Jody — Grandma Custer’s abusive henchman — feels absolutely spot-on, assuring us that the show will be filling out Jesse’s tragic backstory and informing our understanding of how such a particular man came to be. And let’s not forget that supernatural killer cowboy, the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) — he’s still out to shed mass amounts of Custer blood, and we can’t wait to see that battle unfold!
For superfans of the original Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon stories, who may have found it hard to concentrate on the first season’s prequel/departure for what it was, these new characters and hints should provide a little comfort — and a lot of excitement!
“Preacher” Season 2 returns Monday, June 19, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
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