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Two Major Comics Characters Make (Brief) Appearances on “Preacher”

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Two Major Comics Characters Make (Brief) Appearances on “Preacher”

SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers from tonight’s episode of AMC’s “Preacher” (and the Vertigo comic series it’s adapted from) follow. At publication, the episode had not yet aired on the west coast.


Two weeks ago, we noted how several characters from the pages of “Preacher” popped up much earlier than they do in the comics. One of them was Odin Quincannon.

In “See,” we get our first meaty taste of the slaughterhouse owner towards the beginning of the episode, when he buys an elderly couple’s land to build another one of his business’ processing plants. As soon as they sign the deal, his men bulldoze their home while they solemnly look on. As played by Jackie Earle Haley, Odin’s significantly younger than he is in the comics — sporting a respectable white goatee rather than a hunched-over physique and trollish face.

It’s also worth noting that he’s not as outwardly vile as he is under “Preacher” creators Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Sure, his business practices have a cold practicality to them, but he’s not spewing racial epithets or misogynistic demands. That’s not to say these deplorable traits don’t exist within him — he’s just not showing his nastier side right off the bat. And we’re sure he’ll still have that mysterious private meat shed out back…

Equally exciting for fans is the cold open on The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish). Although the show doesn’t explain how he’s going to fit into the greater narrative, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg unveil a significant part of his origin story, when, in Texas circa 1881, he ventures on horseback to retrieve medicine for his sick daughter. After a terse campfire chat with some friendly settlers, he rides past a group of slaughtered Native Americans hanging from a tree. It’s not clear if he’s the one responsible for their deaths, but if we’re going off of what we know about The Saint from the comics, this is most likely a flashback to his days of collecting bounties on scalps. Read our thoughts on these plot points and more in our full recap of the episode.

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