DISCLAIMER: This recap of Preacher Season 3 is, obviously, rife with spoilers galore. Members of Grail Industries, beware. Proceed with caution.
Can you believe Preacher is approaching the finish line? This series has been a favorite of mine since the get-go, and I could always count on it to push the envelope with its balls-to-the-wall antics. Not to mention, the core cast dole out award-worthy performances with each episode. Additionally, the Texan preacher is really British, the Irish vampire is also British and the Texan girlfriend is…Irish. Mind blowing. The accent work on Preacher is one for the books. In Season 3, we were blessed with a visceral and formidable turn from Betty Buckley as Jesse Custer’s Gran’ma. Other equally brilliant guest stars included Jeremy Childs and Colin Cunningham, both portraying residents of Angelville and puzzle pieces to Jesse’s checkered familial past.
Alright, enough rambling. Let’s delve in to Preacher Season 3: the Highlights Reel. The Greatest Hits, if you will.
Now, we kicked off Season 3 with a detour to Angelville. Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) deliver the dearly departed Tulip (Ruth Negga) to Gran’ma’s (Buckley) doorstep with the hopes that the latter can revive her. We became privy to more of Jesse’s backstory and his connections to Angelville. As it turned out, Gran’ma ran a shady supernatural business, as one does. Want your crush to fall in love with you? Consider it done! Of course, there’s always a price to be paid, and Gran’ma is hellbent on taking what’s hers. Gran’ma vows to revive Tulip, under one condition: Jesse must stay to help reinvigorate the family business. Jesse reluctantly acquiesces. Thus, Tulip returns to the Land of the Living.
Meanwhile, we visited Tulip during her tenure in Purgatory. She was reliving a particularly frightening childhood memory on repeat. Tulip also received a visit from GOD (Mark Harelik) himself, who was donning the same dog costume from Season 2. GOD hopes to enlist Tulip in the impending battle to come, foreshadowing her vital participation in said impending battle. Naturally, Tulip tells GOD to f**k off, especially given what happened to Annville. Later, Tulip pays a visit to Madame Boyd (Prema Cruz), who’s a rival of Gran’ma’s and Jesse’s former lover. She hopes to enlist Boyd in the plan to destroy Gran’ma.
Thus, Jesse is back to catering to Gran’ma’s every whim. The infamous Tombs are revived, a place where Gran’ma’s clients are condemned to should they fail to uphold their end of the bargain. Now, once Jody (Childs) and T.C. (Cunningham) learn that Cassidy is a vampire, they string him up by his feet and sentence him to death by encroaching sunlight. Thankfully, Jesse saves his mate, and suggests Jody take on Cassidy in combat in the Tombs. Tulip and Cassidy are taken aback by Jesse’s ability to adapt to his old lifestyle. They see a darker side of Jesse rear its ugly head. Cassidy and Jesse harbor a falling out after the fight in the Tombs, and the former departs Angelville for good.
Now, we see The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) making his way to Hell for a meeting with Satan (Jason Douglas). SoK beseeches Lucifer to have his special gun returned to him. Satan agrees to this, but there’s a catch: The Saint of Killers must find Eugene (Ian Colletti) and Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) and bring them back to Hell. Should be easy, right? If you’ll recall, Eugene and Hitler escaped Hell in tandem in Season 2 and returned topside.
Meanwhile, Cassidy falls in with a mysterious new group in New Orleans called Les Enfants du Sang, spearheaded by the charismatic Eccarius (Adam Croasdell). Eccarius is a genuine vampire who vows to turn every member of his group into a child of night as long as they spread that vampire gospel. Eccarius also shows Cassidy that vampires have special abilities, and the latter need only tap into his own innate resources to discover what he can really do. Eventually, the pair share a coffin and consummate their love. Oh la la! Les Enfants du Sang also captures Grail member F.J. Hoover (Malcolm Barrett), who is inevitably turned into a vampire.
However, Cassidy learns that Eccarius isn’t all he’s cracked up to be – after turning the members of Les Enfants du Sang into vampires, he eats them. Cassidy confronts Eccarius, but of course the latter tries to make our Cass look bad in front of his followers. Thankfully, the Grail swoops in to kill every immortal member of Les Enfants du Sang, including Eccarius. But they capture Cassidy in the process.
Meanwhile, we continue to see flashbacks of Jesse’s childhood in Angelville. Whenever he would act out, Gran’ma would punish him via coffin entrapment. Jody would lower said coffin with Jesse trapped within into the swamp, and Jesse would have to attempt escape of his own volition. In addition, flashbacks were revealed of a young Madame Boyd and Jesse, enmeshed in a teenage love affair. However, after Jesse killed Boyd’s brother in a brawl in the Tombs, Gran’ma’s rival decided to devote her life to vengeance. Boyd developed a steely grudge against Jesse, and sought any means necessary to destroy her former lover.
So, what have Hitler (Taylor) and Eugene (Colletti) been up to since returning to Earth? Well, Hitler was employed by a convenience store. He even rose to Employee of the Month! However, we see he’s still up to his villainous ways when he hatches a plan to acquire world domination. Hitler gains followers in his coworkers as well. But, prior to setting his formidable plan in motion, the Saint of Killers snatches him up to drag him back to Hell. Next, they pay a visit to an orphanage to pick up Eugene along the way. Done and done!
Next, we learn that Gran’ma is rapidly weakening. She struck a deal with Satan, wherein she could revel in immortality only if she consumed souls. Well, Gran’ma became bereft of souls. If Gran’ma perishes, so will Tulip in turn. Thus, Jesse and Tulip team up with T.C., Jody and the Grail to save Gran’ma. Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) and Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) even pay a visit to Angelville to aid our heroes’ efforts. Featherstone and Tulip go undercover at a Japanese company in Osaka to steal a briefcase full of souls. Thankfully, they succeed, but Tulip is captured by Satan’s lackey the Angel of Death (Erinn Ruth) after Featherstone throws her under the figurative bus. She joins the Saint of Killers, the Angel of Death, Hitler and Eugene for a bus rise to Hell. Fun!
Now, Starr is struggling with the Grail. He’s got the Allfather (Jonny Coyne) on his tail, especially when it comes to Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter), the prophesied Messiah. Humperdoo is a little slow on the uptake where brains are concerned. Starr proposes they enlist Jesse as their new Messiah, especially since he harbors the power of Genesis. That, and he’s exponentially smarter than Humperdoo. Thus, Starr agrees to help Jesse save Gran’ma and Tulip, but on one condition – Jesse must become the new Messiah. So many conditions and bargains on this show!
Of course, they tried to make things work with Humperdoo by injecting him with a special serum. However, this gets mucked up and several copies are made of the Christ descendant, and they break free from the Grail headquarters. But, Starr now has Jesse in his grasp, so he tries to inject the latter with the serum himself. This results in an all-out bloody brawl between Jesse and Starr. Jesse slaughters the Allfather and utilizes his Genesis abilities on Starr. He escapes the Grail headquarters against an angered Starr’s wishes and returns to Angelville to end things with Gran’ma once and for all. He takes on Jody in the Tombs and succeeds. Jody and T.C. end up perishing in said Tombs courtesy of Jesse, and in addition he manages to kill Gran’ma. Boom! Murder is fun!
Meanwhile, Tulip and co. encounter a group of Nazis en route to Hell. The Saint of Killers slaughters them all, including the Angel of Death. Tulip narrowly escapes the harrowing situation and goes hunting for Cassidy. However, she discovers he’s MIA at the headquarters for Les Enfants du Sang. Now, we know that he was captured by the Grail courtesy of Starr’s vendetta against Jesse. Oh, and remember poor Hoover? Once Starr and Featherstone discovered he was a vampire, they did away with him. RIP. Later, Hitler rises to power as the new King of Hell after Satan is dispatched. Uh oh.
Phew! Preacher definitely delivered us an action-packed Season 3! So many bad*** fight scenes! I can’t wait to see how the final season unfolds, especially given the high stakes. The end of the world is nigh, Cassidy is captured by the Grail in an attempt to lure Jesse, Hitler is running Hell, and Tulip and Jesse are at odds with one another. Not to mention, Jesse just killed his family. Our three protagonists are separated, and my hope is we’ll see them reunite early on in Season 4.
Do you think Jesse will take out the Grail once and for all in Season 4? Will Cassidy break free of the Grail’s grasp? How will everything end for our supporting cast i.e. Eugene, Hitler, Starr, Featherstone, etc.? Will GOD participate in the impending chaos? Join me as I recap the final season of Preacher, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Preacher will air its final season starting Sunday August 4th at 10pm on your AMC affiliate.