Directed by: David Evans
Written by: Mary Laws
The Saint of Killers has finally caught up to Jesse, and the result is the most intense and emotionally powerful episode of Preacher yet.
After barely escaping the Saint and finding out that Fiore is dead, Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy do some research to uncover the Saint’s backstory, and find out that he is the only living man without a soul. Jesse offers the Saint a deal; leave them alone, and Jesse will give the Saint a soul so he can join his family in heaven. The catch – Tulip, Cassidy, and Denis stay as the Saint’s captives.
From there, the episode follows Jesse trying to find a soul for the Saint, and back at Denis’ apartment, the subplot between Cassidy and Denis finally comes to a head.
Outside of that synopsis, I find it hard to talk about this episode of Preacher. It really is the culmination of a lot of things that show has been setting up: Tulip and Cassidy’s relationship, how Cassidy knows Denis, the Saint of Killer’s quest to kill Jesse, and yet more hints at Jesse’s backstory. It also features an idea – big business taking over the soul selling business – that could probably fuel a whole movie, but here is more of a background detail to facilitate the high emotional stakes of a much more intimate story.
The jokes, action, and usual insanity are still here, but much like the last episode, this is very much a personal and emotionally driven story. A lot of this works because of the strength of the characters. Seeing these characters in very real, immediate danger is nerve-wracking, and one particular moment of the episode had me gasp in shock and horror. For as irrevent as Preacher can be, it is grounded in its characters, and the last two episodes have made that very clear.
Without spoiling the rest of the episode, there’s not a whole lot more I can say. For fans of the show, this episode will be one of the best of the series.