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Preacher - Season 4

Preacher is an American supernatural adventure television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen for AMC starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun and Ruth Negga. The series is based on the comic book series Preacher created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. The series was officially picked up on September 9, 2015, with a ten-episode order which premiered on May 22, 2016. The series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which premiered on August 4, 2019 and concluded on September 29, 2019.

Preacher - Season 4

Jesse Custer is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking preacher who, enduring a crisis of faith, becomes infused with an extraordinary power. He embarks on a quest to better understand his new gift and literally find God, alongside his trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and new vampire friend, Cassidy.[1]

The first episode of Talking Preacher debuted immediately following the pilot encore on May 29, 2016, with guests Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Dominic Cooper and Sam Catlin, and received 538,000 viewers.[26] The second installment aired following the Preacher season one finale on July 31, 2016, with guests Rogen, Goldberg and Ian Colletti,[25] and received 620,000 viewers.[27]

The aftershow returned for the first two episodes of Preacher's second season, with an installment airing directly after the second episode on June 26, 2017, with guests Dominic Cooper, Graham McTavish and Sam Catlin,[28] and received 441,000 viewers.[29] A third episode aired following the second season finale which included guests Dominic Cooper, Sam Catlin, Ian Colletti and Pip Torrens, and received 298,000 viewers.[30]

The series was officially picked up on September 9, 2015[44] with a ten-episode order which premiered on May 22, 2016.[45] On June 29, 2016, AMC renewed the series for a 13-episode second season that premiered on June 25, 2017.[46][47] On October 26, 2017, it was announced the series was renewed for a third season,[48] which premiered on June 24, 2018, and is set to consist of 10 episodes.[16][49] On November 29, 2018, it was announced that the series was renewed for a fourth season, with production beginning in early 2019 in Australia.[50] On April 8, 2019, it was announced that the fourth season would be the series' final season and that it would premiere on August 4, 2019.[51]

The first season received largely positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the season an approval rating of 89%, based on 70 reviews, with an average rating of 7.64/10. The site's critical consensus states, "A thrilling celebration of the bizarre, Preacher boasts enough gore, glee, and guile to make this visually stunning adaptation a must-see for fans of the comic and newcomers alike."[53] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, found that the first season received "generally favorable reviews" with a score of 76 out of 100, based on 37 critics.[54] Eric Goldman of IGN, gave the pilot episode an 8.8/10, praising the "great mixture of comic and horror elements" and the "excellent casting," particularly praising Ruth Negga's Tulip.[55]

The second season received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 91%, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.67/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Preacher's sophomore season benefits from more focused storytelling, without sacrificing any of its gorgeous, violent, insane fun."[56] On Metacritic, the series again received "generally favorable reviews" with a score of 76 out of 100 for the second season, based on 9 critics.[57]

The third season received generally favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 92%, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7.71/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Preacher returns to its delightful debauchery, but with a steadier hand and better balance, elevating the drama without taking the edge off."[58] On IGN, Jesse Scheeden gave the season premiere a score of 8.7 out of 10 and claimed that "Preacher is finally venturing into one of the best and most unsettling pieces of the comic, and so far the new season seems to be headed in the right direction. 'Angelville' succeeds in telling a somber, focused story, one that establishes the relationship between Jesse and his grandmother and making our heroes feel more vulnerable than ever."[59]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season has an approval rating of 75%, based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 7.32/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Preacher returns as creatively violent, bloody, and profane as ever, but it seems to be running out of steam in its final season."[60]

All in all, Preacher could have made some more ballsy moves with its characters and the storylines. However, for a show as ballsy as it was for four seasons this ending is a nice little whisper rather than a shout.

The series, based on the graphic novels by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. Season 3 of the series also starred Ian Coletti, Graham McTavish, Pip Torrens, Julie Ann Emery, Malcolm Barrett, Betty Buckley, and Colin Cunningham. Production on Season 4 will begin in Australia in early 2019.

Actor-rocker Tyson Ritter is joining the main ensemble this season playing Humperdoo, the descendant of Jesus Christ. Ritter first appeared in the second season and recurred last season before being named a regular for Preacher season 4.

From Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and based on the popular cult comic book franchise, Preacher follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

Preacher season 4 has seen Jesse Custer transform from heroic leading man to an accidental villain. Currently on its final run, Preacher is going out kicking and screaming, with anti-aging cream made from vampire foreskin, Jesus smoking a joint and the shocking reveal that God wiped out the dinosaurs as punishment for eating their own fecal matter. Back in (relative) normality, Jesse is once again in full control of his Genesis power and sets out with Tulip to free Cassidy from the Grail. The plan takes an expected turn when Cassidy refuses Jesse's help and the preacher later has a vision of the apocalypse, convincing him to set out on his own in search of God once again.

Even in its very first season, Preacher wasn't afraid to delve into the inherent darkness of Jesse's character. It was a fit of anger that saw Jesse accidentally send Eugene to hell in season 1's "Sundowner" and the preacher's decision to go back on his deal with the Saint of Killers in season 2 backfired massively, still coming back to haunt Jesse in the present. On multiple occasions, the power of Genesis has gone to Jesse's head and sent him on an ego trip, but Dominic Cooper's character has always managed to step back from the brink, and is driven by a genuine desire to do "the right thing" whenever possible.

Unfortunately, it's this noble goal that has caused Jesse to become more villainous than ever before in Preacher season 4. After leaving Tulip behind, Jesse heads to Australia to prevent the apocalypse and his journey is beset with complications. In each scenario, Jesse tries to take the moral choice but thanks to Genesis, the use of violence or his own hubris, these actions have resulted in dire consequences. The pattern begins when Jesse is tricked by a young boy thief pretending to cry over a dead dog at the roadside. After going over to investigate, Jesse is held at gunpoint by the child but forces him to drop the weapon. Upon hitting the ground, a bullet is fired and kills the boy's pet for real.

Even though Jesse has generally only ever tried to help people, his use of Genesis continues to have grave, unforeseen consequences and this trend comes to a bloody climax when Jesse puts himself at risk to save Eugene from the Saint of Killers, only for the boy formerly known as Arseface to shoot the preacher in revenge for sending him to hell.

Jesse's troubles are at least partly of his own making, but there also appears to be a celestial influence at play. Previously in Preacher season 4, a conversation with Herr Starr revealed that God was actively out to punish Jesse and make him suffer. Some of the coincidences that have befallen the protagonist since, such as the plane's raft suddenly arriving at a beach immediately after the pilot died, feel distinctly like a trick from God's hand. Additionally, Preacher has shown God with a board of Jesse's life, teasing some level of control from the bearded deity.

On Virgin River, chef and Jack's buddy Preacher has encountered one obstacle after another as he cares for Paige and her son Christopher (Chase Petriw). So much so that the end of season 3 found him left for dead in the woods and Christopher kidnapped by Vince (Steve Bacic), twin brother to Paige's late husband Wes.

"Colin is a badass in this season," says Benjamin Hollingsworth, who plays town bad boy Brady on the Netflix series. "He goes full Marine in a sense. It's nice to see him really pull out the 'I'm not messing around.' The firewood smash at the end is my favorite part. Out of nowhere, he just completely K.O.'s him and it was fun to see that side and see Preacher being back to the roots of what bonded all these guys together."

I really enjoyed Joseph Gilgun's performance. Lore-wise I enjoyed the fact that the writers gave Cassidy some fangs at the end of the second season, a nice change from the comics (fiercer look). Cassidy's strength level reminded me of the Buffy vamps - it kinda depended on whatever the writer felt like going with for the episode. Sometimes mere humans kicked his ass, other times he could punch through stone walls. I guess it varied according to how much blood he had access to. Either way, I will miss him. He was a complete disaster, but still a loyal friend lol. 041b061a72


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