Spoilers for Preacher season one below.
Last night, Preacher‘s literally explosive season finale left things off where the comics began. Acting essentially as the prequel to the story, the freshman AMC series led us into the territory fans of the comics were familiar with from the beginning, and now that Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) are on the road searching for a missing God, we can get more opportunities to see the events and, more importantly, characters that were found in Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s groundbreaking series, including Herr Starr, one of the comics’ earliest villains.
Developers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg suggested Herr Starr would soon make an appearance during Talking Preacher, and now showrunner Sam Catlin (who also wrote and directed last night’s episode) tells Deadline that the newest season, which got greenlit a little over a month ago, will feature “the figure in white, and fanboys will know who that is.” He also noted that we’ve already seen the character briefly, which is true. Herr Starr can briefly be seen in the cold opening of the third episode, “The Possibilities.”
With the town of Annville blown to pieces, Preacher season two will act as a restart of sorts, as most of the characters we’ve come to know this season dead. Besides the aforementioned Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy, Eugene “Arseface” Root (Ian Colletti) is expected to return, as well as The Cowboy (Graham McTavish), a cowboy sent from Hell to get our titular Preacher. Everyone else, save for maybe Fiore (Tom Brooke) and possibly his buddy, DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef), have been eliminated, including Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley), Emily (Lucy Griffiths) and Hugo Root (W. Earl Brown), according to Catlin. They had to “clear the deck” in order to introduce “so many great characters from the comic,” including Herr Starr.
There’s no word yet on who will play the character or when he will factor into the season. Still, this is some exciting news for the fans, and it will, of course, promise us some more batshit craziness for the wacky new series, which, quite frankly, deserves some more love. Here’s hoping AMC can spread the word better next year when the 13-episode sophomore season premieres.