Preacher, AMC’s comic-book-inspired dramedy about a Preacher searching for God, will come to a close after season four. We have the details!
Over the last three summers, fans have been tuning in to AMC on Sunday nights to watch a young man’s quest for God. But it’s not particularly faith-affirming. This isn’t a Mark Burnett production or something narrated by Morgan Freeman. Preacher is the story of young Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) who goes on a road trip to find God with his hit-woman ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). Oh, Jesse is also imbued with the power of Genesis. He can make people do what he wants or, you know, send them to hell.
Per a report from Deadline, executive producer Seth Rogen announced that the fourth season of Preacher would be its last. It’s set to premiere on Sunday, August 4. At the end of the season three finale, God was trying to get Jesse to stop pursuing Him. Hitler was left in charge of Hell. And, Jesse and Tulip were in search of a kidnapped Cassidy.Preacher-Cast-Courtesy of Matthias Clamer/AMC
While fans will miss the show, the ratings were pointing towards a cancelation. According to TV Series Finale, the ten-episode first season of this niche show averaged a viewership of close to 1.7 million per episode. That’s pretty good. The thirteen episode sophomore season saw viewership drop to an average of close to 1.2 million. It held its own. But, the third season viewership dropped to roughly 850,000 viewers per episode.
While it was great to hear of a Preacher renewal in late November of last year, everyone knew these viewership trends probably meant we were headed to a final season to wrap things up for the characters. And, that’s where we stand, today.
Overall, the show has been fairly faithful to many of the DC/Vertigo comic’s story-lines. The biggest difference was the loose cannon attitude of Jesse. It made the show less of a search for God and more of a reflection on the war that having faith can be. And that war looks to be far from over. We can’t wait to see how this all ends.
Are you upset that Preacher is ending after season four? Did you feel it was running out of steam? Let’s discuss in the comments!