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Preacher Preview: “He Gone” 

Preacher Preview: “He Gone”

On Preacher, we see that Jesse’s on an epic power trip and it is disconcerting for those who know him best. While Emily and Tulip don’t fully understand what’s caused the change, Cassidy does step up to confront the boastful preacher.

Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy - Preacher _ Season 1, Episode 6
Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Television/AMC

“He Gone” sets the record straight on a lot of what has transpired over the first seven episodes of Preacher. Excellent writing steals the show this week as viewers are drawn into the episode in such a way that commercial breaks are a welcome reprieve from the intense storytelling. It’s easy to find yourself hanging from every word as the tension builds. Last week’s “Sundowner” saw Jesse’s ego move from defiant to self-serving; whereas this week it turns outright malicious.

Flashbacks of Jesse and Tulip as children provide even more insight into their long past. It’s almost as if these two have been friends since they were born, but family history can have a way of getting in the way of relationships. Annville’s history has a lot to do with both the Custer and O’hare families that feels akin to a Hatfield/McCoy rivalry.

Nathan Darrow as John Custer, Dominic Ruggieri as Young Jesse, Ashley Aufderheide as Young Tulip - Preacher _ Season 1, Episode 6
Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Television/AMC

Candid conversations take up most of the screen time in “He Gone” as the major characters all begin to come to grips with the reality of what Jesse has done. Aside from Jesse, Tulip’s journey is most pronounced and both Ruth Negga and her young counterpart Ashley Aufderheide are episode stand-outs as they show viewers the kind of drive that makes Tulip tick.

Fans will also be treated to the most dysfunctional, most awkward family dinner imaginable as Jesse, Emily, Tulip, and Cassidy all sit down to break bread. There’s cursing, bloody noses, pleasantries, terrible food, and enough hurt feelings to go around. Finally getting to see some semblance of solidarity between all of the main characters is fun and simultaneously upsetting.

A lot of the sympathy that was built up in “Sundowner” is diminished in “He Gone,” and replaced with righteous anger before the episode is over. However, if you aren’t standing up and screaming at your television screens by the time the episode is done, then we must not be watching the same show.

This week’s episode of Preacher, “He Gone,” airs Sunday, July 10th at 9/8c on AMC. Take a look at these previews:

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