Preacher Episode 8 Annotations: All Hell’s A-Coming
Welcome back brothers and sisters to our new weekly feature, the Preacher Book Club! Every week we’ll talk about the latest episode of AMC‘s Preacher, dissecting the episode at hand, annotating the changes made from the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic book series and attempting to predict about what will be coming next. So let’s dive right into our thoughts and annotations on Preacher Episode 8!
We finally got an answer about what young Jesse saw in the office of Odin Quincanon, and it’s a doozy. Apparently Odin’s entire family was killed when a ski-lift fell and crushed them all. In a fit of hysterics, he brought their remains into his office and killed a cow to compare their guts. Now, none of this is from the comics; however, his simple declaration of “Meat!” is in line with the comic book version of the character who is nicknamed by the people of Salvation as “The Meatman.”
The Eugene hallucination
At first it seems like God was listening to Jesse and let Eugene crawl his way out of hell and back to him, but we quickly learn this is a hallucination. This isn’t in the comics either, but it is perhaps paving the way for Jesse to start seeing his imaginary friend from the comics “The Duke.”
DeBlanc and Fiore are finally given what they want, the chance to get Genesis out of Jesse, and it appears to work, except when the entity busts out of its domicile and possesses him again. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this isn’t in the source material either; however, their reference to “the other option,” the previously mentioned Saint of Killers.
“One more Sunday”
After Jesse concedes to Odin and signs over the church property, he asks for one more Sunday to bring the town to God, and even call the big man down himself. This can mean one of two things will happen: 1. Jesse tries to use his powers to summon God himself, only to find out he doesn’t appear and thus looks like a fool; or 2. The entire town will assemble in his church and perish like when Genesis possessed him in the comic books. There’s also the third option, that neither of those things happen.
Since Cassidy’s suntan in the previous day, Tulip is apparently nursing him back to health by feeding him dogs. Another thing not from the comics, but seemingly something being used to strength the two character’s relationships.
The man in the station
After Sheriff Root arrests Jesse and hauls him away, the episode fades to black as it typically does. The picture comes back soon after, however, and we see a large man entering a room that looks like Homer Simpson’s own workplace and flipping knobs, turning switches to relieve some pressure. So who is this guy? He’s not in the comics so we’re flying blind in our guesses here. Maybe he’s someone that works for Odin Quincannon and is monitoring the power of his massive meat plant and they’re setting up its eventual explosion; or perhaps he’s not a man at all but an angel and that room he finds himself in was some sort of cosmic control room for Annville, Texas (conversly he could also be someone from Hell, if you’ll note the sweating). Hopefully we find out next week.
You can check out the promo and first clip from Preacher 1.08 in the players below.