The way things have been going with Jesse, The Grail, and a newly unearthed Saint of Killers on the show, things will be coming to a head pretty soon. In the books, Herr Starr's frustrations with Jesse refusing his invitation to The Grail and the Saint of Killers' grudge against Jesse led to he and Starr forming a shaky alliance that met Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy in Monument Valley, Utah. Starr brought an entire army and an atom bomb "on loan" from the US government. The Saint brought himself. Jesse informed him of God's role in his family's death, and the Saint let all hell loose on Starr and his army. The battle ends with Jesse falling out of a plane and losing an eye, Starr dropping the bomb on Monument Valley, and the Saint surviving to utter a devastating line.
Watching the Saint in action is one of the show's most immense joys, so watching him let loose on an entire battalion of tanks and soldiers will be a treat for fans old and new alike.
Before the inferno that was Monument Valley, there was the act that signaled the beginning of the end for The Grail proper. In his attempt to convince Jesse to join The Grail, Herr Starr kidnaps Cassidy - who is being tortured by a eunuch with a bolt-action rifle - and leads Jesse right to the heart of the organization. Starr had been planning to kill his way to the top of The Grail anyway, so now he puts the plan into high gear, killing many of the Grail's top operatives, including pushing Allfather D'Aronique out of a helicopter and crushing the severely inbred Messiah.
The second season ended with our introduction to Humperdoo, the severely inbred son of Christ, and the third season will officially introduce us to D'Aronique. Starr is seeming as ruthless as ever, so don't be surprised if you spot another new character who talks about being gelded.
Angelville is the site where Jesse's childhood ended. In the comics, it's the place where his grandmother and her two assistants Jody and T.C. shot his father in front of him, attempted to kill his mother, and locked him in a coffin at the bottom of a river with only a straw to breathe air through. It's where he was forced into the priesthood and separated from Tulip the first time. It's where Jesse used The Word to kill his childhood tormentors dead. Angelville plays an important role in establishing the tone and stakes of the entire Preacher series.
On the show, we've only begun to scratch the surface of what Angelville means to Jesse. The L'Angells have existed on the margins of the show so far but are expected to show out for season three. I'm just excited to see Jesse light people on fire with The Word.
On the show, we know Herr Starr as a ruthless deviant ready to get what he wants, how he wants it. In the books, this ruthlessness gets the better of him on more than one occasion. In the books, Starr's ear is shot off by Tulip, has a scar carved into his head that makes it resemble a penis (which is why he started wearing the Panama hat), has his leg eaten by hillbillies, and his testicles gnawed off by a dog. All in a day's work for the leader of The Grail.
Starr is already making his way down the road of absolute corruption, so we should expect to see fate and karma double-team him at some point this season.
Everything ends at the Alamo. Lives are traded. Enemies are killed. Mistakes are redeemed. God is damned. Everything that happens at the Alamo in the books isn't worth spoiling here, but trust me when I say that it's a blowout ending in a series full of blowout endings. But what I do want to see more than anything else is the Saint of Killers confronting God. After mowing down an entire fleet of angels, the Saint of Killers quite literally guns down The Lord in order to rest. Not attain power or to even see the family he's been chasing throughout the entire series; simply to rest. On God's throne.
Things have been ratcheting up from season to season on Preacher, but whoever God turns out to be on the show, that would be a hell of an ending.
Preacher Returns Sunday June 24 at 10/9c on AMC