It's hard to believe that Preacher — a show in which a man of the cloth possessing the power of the Word of God uses that divine gift to command an enemy to suck his own genitalia — is allowed to air on TV. But against all odds, the disgustingly outrageous and unrepentantly blasphemous series (based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Steve Fillon) continues to offend and entertain on AMC, with Season 3 set to premiere Sunday at 10/9c.
The new season will see Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) headed to Angelville, his childhood home and the setting for some of his most traumatic memories, in order to resurrect Tulip (Ruth Negga), who was murdered by Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) in the Season 2 finale. But in order to bring her back to life, he'll need help from his sinister Gran'ma (Betty Buckley), whose aid comes with a hefty price tag. While the show again finds Jesse rescuing Tulip, co-creator and executive producer Seth Rogen says the pair will actually experience a reversal of roles this season with Tulip doing more of the saving. That is, once she gets over being dead and all.
"The big difference is Jesse needs help. And Tulip has to help him as opposed to last season when it was kind of the opposite of that dynamic," Rogen explained during a recent conference call with a group of reporters.
Don't get me wrong, Tulip has had her fair share of badass moments (remember that cornfield fight scene?!). However, even those great moments can't erase the numerous times Jesse has crossed a line in order to protect his ex-fiancé, like lying about the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) being dead and using Genesis on her against her will. Even Rogen has taken notice of their somewhat imbalanced dynamic and says the show will make some adjustments in the upcoming season, namely giving Tulip more agency to make her own decisions rather than continue to be told what to do by Jesse.
"This season, especially with Tulip and Jesse, he is the one who's kinda stuck this time. [Which] gives her more opportunity to try to get him out of a situation with his help. They're really working together as opposed to one being helpless and one saving the other," Rogen added.
Along with the new dynamic, Rogen says Preacher will continue to expand this season and explore even more locations in Season 3. "[The show] travels a lot this year, even more than it did last year as far as how many different locations the show takes place in and how many different cities it takes place in," he said.
Preacher returns for Season 3 Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c on AMC.