This isn’t that surprising. Much like “The Walking Dead”, another show on AMC, one thing the writers and studio are thinking about is how to keep the show on-the-air as long as possible. This is why the first season of “Preacher” served as a prequel to the main stories from the comic books, introducing the three main characters of Jesse (Played by Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Played by Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Played by Joseph Gilgun) before setting them on the road in the upcoming season 2.
The downside to this “Going the long route” is the ratings weren’t very strong even though the show received critical acclaim. While the show will look to show the characters in a more action-oriented setting (Such as the introduction of the Saint of Killers), executive producer Sam Catlin has confirmed the extension of stories from the original comic books will continue:
So what we want to do is we always want to make “Preacher” feel like “Preacher,” and we delve a little deeper into some of these, what look like little pit stops on the road in the comic book become whole episodes, or several episodes, or stuff like that.
For this season, I won’t say, but we were going to have like this season be two halves, and we were going to end up with one arc, and then move on to a whole other world for the second half. Then we kept pushing it off. It’s like, “Well, maybe we can get to that world for the last four episodes.” Then maybe just the last two.
Then we realized, there’s so much story with this world that we’re just with these characters that we’re just bringing in, and we don’t want to shortchange this other world that we’re really excited about getting to. So yeah, it’s exactly what you say: sometimes it’s just a couple of issues in a comic book of places that Jesse winds up, but they’re whole worlds for us on a TV show that we can really delve into.
Whether the show can start getting audiences is anyone’s guess, but the show, from the sound of it, sounds worth the viewing pleasure. Season 2 is set to premiere on AMC June 25, 2017 for a 13-episode run. Stay tuned!