All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, gory dark comedies about preachers and their vampire buddies hunting down God are no exception. For four chaotic, over-the-top seasons, we’ve followed the obscenely violent yet still somehow lovable misfits (sometimes dubbed the “Unholy Trinity” by fans) at the heart of AMC’s Preacher battle demons, angels, vampires, fake vampires and everything else you could imagine. Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) grappled with arguably the highest stakes in television: you know, finding the ultimate secret to the universe and having the fate of the entire world on their shoulders.
The series wrapped up this year. I won’t say it wrapped up “nicely” as you might say about many shows, as that word is rarely applicable to this series, but it wrapped up as nicely as it could amidst all the blood splatter.
The finale was uncharacteristically neat and tidy, sending off the beloved characters in ways they all rightfully deserved. Sometimes it meant a well-earned death but, other times, it meant they got to keep living their life, a strange turnout for Preacher characters (remember when they ended a season by killing off the entire town of characters? I try not to).
Despite its unflinching confidence, Preacher has been somewhat of a messy show all throughout. Its unforgettable characters were portrayed with care by a talented cast and the writers always maintained a good mix of what their audience wanted to see and what the characters needed to do. But execution sometimes fell flat. The first season, intended as a prologue to the comic, is the tightest, while the latter three seasons could sometimes get convoluted due to the desire to create something original while still holding true to the source material.
The fourth season is no exception to this accidental rule, but it also has many of the qualities that make Preacher worth watching in the first place. Each character gets a chance to shine and a full arc that comes to a satisfying conclusion. Even Eugene (Ian Colletti), the fan favourite who has been continuously shafted in favour of the main trio’s plots, earned multiple big moments that culminated in a fantastic display of Colletti’s acting ability in the final episode. Even the static and emotionless Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) is offered the opportunity for character development — even if he, as expected, decides not to take it at all.
Preacher finished like a true fan of the franchise would expect it to: the apocalypse is coming, with the main characters responsible for stopping it (or encouraging it, in some cases). And, what else would the Preacher characters do in response to any situation but have three different lengthy fight scenes at once? This is soon followed up by Jesse kicking it back and having a chat with the elusive but omnipresent God (Mark Harelik) himself outside the Alamo like two old friends getting together for a beer — once again, so perfectly Preacher.
The overall result we’re left with is sometimes jumbled and haphazard, but more importantly, unforgettable. Preacher is a blasphemous thrill ride like nothing you’ve ever seen on television before. It’s dark and funny with a little heartache, despair and Adolf Hitler working at a sandwich shop sprinkled in for good measure. It’s another series to add to the list of ones with appropriate and great endings, but even if it wasn’t, it’d be worth a watch for all the madness in between. This series will be greatly missed —- nothing on television could possibly take its place.