SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers from the latest episode of AMC‘s “Preacher” (and the Vertigo comic series it’s adapted from) follow.
A few weeks ago, “Preacher” gave us the first appearance of one of the source material’s most formidable antagonists, The Saint Of Killers. On the latest episode, “South Will Rise Again,” the character’s television origin story was expanded on, picking up right where the first installment left off. While getting the medicine he needs for his sick daughter in the piss-and-vinegar town of Ratwater, the cowboy spies a family getting tortured in the back of a saloon. He also has an uneasy run-in with a slick-talking, profane man from his past — Gumbo McCready, perhaps? He tries to brush it all off and return home.
On the way back to his wife and daughter, however, he comes across a dead group of travelers, which whom he had eaten dinner with during his earlier journey. Their corpses set off a moral crisis within himself, and he’s back to Ratwater to try and save the other family he witnessed getting abused.
Unfortunately he encounters the mysterious man again, who has more words with him and shoots his horse. This delays him in getting home to his own loved ones, and as a result, he finds both his wife and his daughter dead. We won’t say what the next chapter in his story is — and it may change slightly as it makes the leap from comics to screen — but if you haven’t read Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s source material, just know that we’re getting closer and closer to him becoming a genuinely unstoppable force that will eventually come face to face with Jesse Custer and friends.
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