Preacher Season 1 Finale Recap: Highway to Hell If We Know

God Almighty, he did it! In Preacher’s Season 1 finale Sunday, Jesse managed to use that severed angel hand on DeBlanc and Fiore’s divine cell phone to bring the Lord to All Saints’!

Or at least, for a hot minute, it appeared that he had. What really went down before the preacher, Tulip and Cassidy hit the road in search of the man upstairs? Keep reading…

‘NOBODY’S PERFECT’ | Early on in “Call and Response,” Sheriff Root, noting that jailbird Cassidy’s rap sheet dated back to the 1920s, correctly deduced that he was a vampire — which meant that he could shoot the blood-sucker (repeatedly) to motivate him to reveal what had happened to Eugene. When, instead of spill his guts, Cassidy suggested that a part of Arseface’s father must be glad to be rid of him, the sheriff emptied his pistol into the Irishman… then let him go.

Meanwhile, Tulip witnessed what had to constitute a miracle: The Schencks had taken in their nemesis, her fugitive ex. “Preacher was merciful,” said Donnie, recalling that Jesse hadn’t used Genesis to kill him when he’d had the chance, “so I was merciful, too.” In private, Tulip wanted to celebrate her reunion with Jesse by having him do something nasty for her — but not what he, or we, thought: She wanted him to murder Carlos, whom she had stashed in her trunk!

preacher-season-1-episode-10-finale-carlos‘WE WILL BURN IN HELL!’ | In a flashback, we learned that it was Carlos’ jealousy of an expectant Tulip and Jesse’s happiness that had prompted him to sabotage the bank heist that got a security guard killed — and caused the mom-to-be to miscarry. When finally the preacher agreed to pull the trigger, Tulip didn’t want him to ice Carlos anymore. The fact that her true love was willing to, she said, was “the most beautiful thing anyone’s ever done for [her].” So instead, they just beat the hell out of the weasel.

The next day, Betsy helped get rid of the cops so that Team Jesse could clean up All Saints’ in time for the most important Mass ever. Of course, “no matter what [happens],” Tulip told her beau, “we’re gettin’ French fries after.” When Emily’s daughter expressed surprise that Miles hadn’t shown up to meet God, his killer suggested that, er, “he’s meetin’ Him somewhere else.” At last, before a full house, Jesse placed his long-distance call, and… pfft. It didn’t seem to go through.

‘THAT SETTLES IT!’ | Just as Odin was declaring victory, the sun vanished, and a white-haired old white dude was video-conferenced in — it was God! Or so he claimed as he yelled at the congregation for daring to question him. “If we are your children,” Jesse shouted back at Him, “why don’t you act like a father, take some time out of your busy schedule and answer some goddamn questions?”

preacher-season-1-episode-10-finale-godTickled, the Lord agreed, then offered one reassurance (Odin’s daughter was in heaven) after another (Eugene was saved, too). Knowing that Arseface was actually in hell, Jesse called B.S., the celestial imposter admitted that neither was he God nor did anyone know where He was, and a disillusioned Annville descended into chaos. (Seriously, it was bad — everything from mascot suicides to Mrs. Loach smothering Tracy and Odin remaking his little girl out of ground chuck!)

‘THE PLAN IS SIMPLE’ | While a mournful Fiore returned to town alone (meaning what? DeBlanc really died in hell?!?), the monitor in that mystery control room we sometimes visit was passed out (or possibly deceased?). And the woman with whom he’d been engaging in some workplace BDSM didn’t know how to relieve the pressure on the system — which, it turned out, was QM&P’s Methane-Electro Reactor. As a result, Annville was blown to bits, with the prospect of survivors at approximately nil! (This seems like especially bad news for us fans of Emily, who wasn’t even a character in the comic books.)

At least Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy were away when Annville bit the dust. (#savedbyfrenchfries) The preacher even had a new plan: They were gonna find God, and if He wanted to play ball, great. If not, they’d kick His ass. And don’t worry, Jesse told another vision of Eugene — they’d spring him from hell, too. So, off the trio went down the highway to… who knows?… just as The Cowboy arrived on this plane of existence and blew a hole through that pesky seraphim!

So, what did you think of the Season 1 finale? Grade it via the poll below, then hit the comments with a more detailed review.

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  1. APFW says:

    Well, I enjoyed this crazy train this season. I have a couple of questions; How come Cassidy was out in the sun with just sunglasses? Has the seraphim’s objective been establish?

    • Kate says:

      He had an umbrella.

    • Steasaurus says:

      The Seraphim’s objective was to apprehend Fiore and DeBlanc who were down on Earth without permission. They’d taken it upon themselves to try and return Genesis without involving anyone else, presumably to avoid getting into trouble (they seemed especially concerned about being separated).
      I assume that no other angels knew about Preacher having Genesis. At least up until the moment he made ‘God’ answer his questions.

      • Preacher Book says:

        I believe Fiore and DeBlanc were the demon and angel who engaged in unholy congress and they were actually just trying to protect their child and union. Got no idea where God is, but apparently Genesis is a possible replacement.

        • Carter says:

          On Talking Preacher they confirmed that they were NOT the parents but the two Adephi Angels in charge of watching it. They wanted to keep that the same as the comic.

          • Mickey MacD says:

            Yeah I saw that, but I think because the host got it right they shut him down right away. Evan Goldberg put on poke face immediately. Because on one hand Seth Rogen was alluding to it saying maybe sexual boundaries maybe different in heaven and then shut it down when he was surprised the host got it right immediately.

  2. Robert Wilson says:

    Having read the entire comic, this season seems to be a ret-conned prequelish series of events, that more or less take us up to page one of the first issue. Issue one opens with them in that same diner.

  3. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Highway to hell…….yasss!!! I like this show its a bit weird and crazy but I like it, that Jesus looks stupid. I was confused through out the season so those black and white “flash backs” of that Cowboy guy was he in hell the WHOLE time? In the last ep Deblanc and Fiore showed up talking to the dude asking him to kill Jesse. Anyways I’m definitely gonna watch S2 can’t wait to see where those 3 end up!”

    • Luc says:

      To my understanding, the first time you saw the cowboy it wasn’t a flashback, it was the actual event that he would experience later in hell over and over.

    • Preacher Book says:

      How was Jesus made to look stupid? That was God the Father last night.

  4. Luc says:

    Probably the show that i most enjoyed this year!

  5. AngelWasHere says:

    Wow that was one strange finale, but I would have been dissapointed if it wasn’t probably. I guess I’ll be back for next season. :P

  6. Jim says:

    Looks like struggling through this season might get us next season what the show should have been from the start. Better late than never, I guess.

  7. Drew says:

    Wow, but the bus driver really got his due, didn’t he? (AKA, the short end of the stick)

  8. Ty says:

    Can I have my dick back on ??

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Season finale was good and surprising! Can’t wait to see where they’ll go in season 2!

  10. Steve F. says:

    Anybody notice near the end, when the seraphim was stumbling through Annville’s ruins, poor Betsy’s legs sticking out from a crater? (You can tell they’re hers based on the ruby slippers.)

  11. Preacher Book says:

    Can’t wait for the next season to start !!

  12. electricladyland1994 says:

    Tulip is everything, words cannot fully describe how impressed I was with Ruth Negga’s performance this season. Tulip has easily become my favorite female character on TV, I love everything about her, every line she has, every scene she’s in, Tulip is simply EVERYTHING.

  13. Mike S says:

    To me this was a really disappointing finale. The Carlos flashbacks fell flat – his conversation with the postwoman was a waste of screen time, his ‘betrayal’ wasn’t all that interesting, and it wasn’t clear what actually happened to Tulip’s baby. Jesse looked ridiculous too – literally exactly the same, but wearing an 80s wig. Again, the scene in Annville with Carlos just dragged and dragged too.

    The Root vs Cassidy scene was pretty cool, but again, the dialogue is so bizarrely written that a lot of it just falls flat.

    The “God” scene was awful. I realise they are working to a budget, but visually it was just terrible. Obviously it needed to look a bit suspect as he was an impostor, but it still should have been more like in the comics, where his appearance is grandiose and spectacular, before Tulip says “cut the crap”. The subsequent ‘chaos’ of the townsfolk came out of nowhere, and seemed wayyyyyy OTT.

    Donny’s sudden re-assessment of Jesse was unbelievable to the extreme.

    I wish they had ended the season with a standoff between Jesse, the Saint and Root, like early on in the comic. An escalation of that situation could have easily served to remove Annville from the equation too.

    Episode 9 was great and had me really excited for the finale, but it was pretty deflating to be honest.

  14. William Rogers says:

    I want to know the different music groups that played throughout the finale.