Preacher: Season 3 — a review

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Well, God was willing, and I humbly received another season of AMC’s irreverent graphic novel adaptation Preacher. This has been another great, gory season, and I hope that we can prophesize at least one more season. There is so much more of this singular world to explore.

The Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic books will always be there. If this series is suddenly cancelled, you can always read them and get some sense of closure. That visual story did have a conclusion.

But, while certainly closely related, the books and the series are different media, and have brought different things to the table. I loved the Ennis/Dillon comic books (okay, “graphic novel,” if you insist), and I recommend them to everyone, especially fans of this television show. I also love the series, which has yet to fail to shock and surprise me with its bold storytelling.

This season, we get to visit with Jesse Custer’s extended family. Gran’ma, T.C., and Jody are exactly that sort of Southern Voodoo-practicing family that you don’t want to run into at the beginning of your average horror movie. Jesse sells his soul to save Tulip, who, as you may recall, was killed last season. Much of the rest of the season concerns Jesse’s struggles to retrieve his soul.

Jesse helps Cassidy to escape from Angelville, after Jody and T.C. figure out that Cassidy is a vampire and plan to execute him. Cassidy returns to New Orleans, where he falls in with Eccarius and Les Enfants du Sang (the Children of Blood). Cassidy, who has demonstrated a fluid sexuality all along, begins a relationship with Eccarius, only to discover that he’s not everything he pretends to be. Their relationship ends badly.

Herr Starr and the Grail continue their hijinks. Featherstone and Hoover keep on doing what they always do. Featherstone nearly ends up in Hell prematurely, and Hoover becomes a vampire. You know, the usual. Jesse ends up helping Herr Starr avert the Armageddon planned by the Allfather, and in doing so, regains his soul and the Voice of God.

Satan, meanwhile, released the Saint of Killers to recapture Eugene and Hitler. The Saint does his job, but it doesn’t go quite as planned, of course. Nothing ever does.

As the season ends, Jesse’s problems with his Angelville family have been laid to rest. But, the problems aren’t over for Jesse Custer. Cassidy is in the clutches of Herr Starr and the Grail, at Masada, and Herr Starr is armed to the teeth, waiting for Jesse to make an appearance. Which of course Jesse will, as he and Tulip are going to rescue Cassidy. Meanwhile, the Saint of Killers has been given his guns and sword back, and he is on the hunt for Jesse, this time with Eugene’s help, it seems.

In other words, business as usual.

Preacher remains an irreverent, darkly funny and wholly unpredictable romp that manages to retain its comic book flavor without becoming too cartoonish. It’s not for everyone, I know. It is a strange, dark and often confusing carnival ride. But, I think it’s fun. Maybe not for fundamentalists, though.

As of the writing of this article, AMC hasn’t announced whether or not there will be a Season Four for the series. No reason to panic, though. The renewal wasn’t announced until October last year. The ratings haven’t been as good as last year, however. It could still go either way. I think the story deserves some sort of television resolution with a genuine series finale, so I hope it comes back for at least one more season.

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