Now that Breaking Bad is officially a wrap (seriously, get over it), there has been much speculation from the AMC fan base as to how the network intends to fill it’s very large meth-cooking shoes. So, how will they? One possibility floating around the rumor mill has nerds doing backflips.
Even if you’re not yet familiar with the story of ‘Preacher,’ originally a Vertigo/DC comic book series by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon (1995-2000), some quick Internet research will educate you as to why this would be a perfect follow-up.
Quick plot details;
An angel and a demon have sex and give birth to an entity called ‘Genesis’, which possesses a preacher (no shit) named Jesse Custer from a small town in Texas, murdering his congregation members and destroying his church. Genesis also gives Custer special powers allowing him to control people through the voice of God. This entity is such a badass that the Almighty himself runs away from his throne in Heaven, leaving his followers to fend for themselves against the wrath of this blasphemous creature. So, the preacher must hunt down God and force him to deal with the situation he’s abandoned. Custer sets out on this mission with the help of his ruthless ex-girlfriend armed with a pistol and an Irish binge-drinking vampire named Cassidy, where they encounter an equally unusual cast of characters for better or for worse – one an attempted suicide victim with permanent shotgun wounds to the head, appropriately known as ‘Arseface’.
Basically there are excessive depictions of violence, sex, drug-abuse, and prostitution, and you’ve got ‘Preacher’, a character and story harsh enough to make Walter White look like Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. (Yes, after 10 years this remains the #1 reference to being soft.)
Though nothing has been confirmed and we’re not clear on involvement, it’s also rumored that Seth Rogan may have something to do with this. He tweeted:
‘Looks like 7 years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring one of my favorite stories to life’
He then name-dropped some characters from the story:
‘Arseface. John Wayne, The Saint of Killers.’
And now… we wait.