SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers from the latest episode of AMC’s “Preacher” (and the Vertigo comic series it’s adapted from) follow.
Back in May, CBR cooked up a list of 10 shocking scenes from the “Preacher” comic book series that would likely never make it to the AMC adaptation of the same name. Number three was described by Staff Writer Brian Cronin as follows:
“The vile Odin Quincannon is the owner of a meat-processing plant and a proud member of the Ku Klux Klan. Throughout his appearances, we see him enter a mysterious room in the plant naked, we hear sex sounds, and when he comes back out, he’s covered in blood. When Oatlash discovers what he’s doing, she’s horrified. In “Preacher” #48, we finally see what Quincannon is up to: He’s having sex with a giant woman made of meat. You probably guessed it, but a guy having sex with giant meat-woman is probably not making its way onto television.”
Brian’s right; it probably won’t. The show did, however, nod to the scene in tonight’s season finale, “Call and Response.” After Jesse Custer’s entire congregation discovers that God has left Heaven, everyone goes off the deep end. Sensing humanity has gotten so ugly that their Lord has abandoned them, people begin offing themselves, offing their loved ones, and indulging in all sorts of generally dark behavior.
For Odin (Jackie Earle Haley), the idea of a nihilistic God only confirms his belief that all that matters is the tangible: that “what’s touchable and true.” His “God of Meat” now seems stronger to him than ever. We predicted back in “El Valero” that his unconventional religious beliefs might lead to him eventually constructing a person made of meat, and that’s what he did tonight, albeit in a manner that’s more humanly tragic than in the comic. Instead of building a giant woman, he makes a grotesque facsimile of his dead daughter by filling her old clothes with grade-B ground chuck straight from the slaughterhouse floor.
There’s something oddly touching and heartbreaking about seeing Odin — now completely broken — cradling a tiny ski jacket stuffed with meat that’s guaranteed to quickly start rotting. Make no mistake, Odin has proven himself to be an awful person over the course of the first season. But the show’s also done a fantastic job of explaining why he’s an awful person, and the meat-person sequence is a sad, sad extension of that. It’s also another shining example of “Preacher” using its source material’s shock value as a means of further developing its characters — no small feat for any television show, comic adaptation or otherwise. Read our full recap of the first season finale.
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