It’s that time of year again, folks. Leave it to Comic-Con to make overjoyed fans pump their fists with reckless abandon. To that point, my arm just about came out of my socket last night, and here’s why…

For a second there I thought we might be waiting till the end of the world to get any Comic-Con related AMC Preacher media released for those of us who couldn’t be there, but lo and behold, mere moments after debuting the footage at the mother of all conventions, AMC uploaded the trailer for the last two episodes that debuted in San Diego.

The trailer contains some pretty heavy spoilers. I’m going to be spoiling all kinds by referring to the comics, assuming all reading this have read them, so be wary. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, hold on to your horses folks, especially if you are a comic fan…

Now there’s a ton to process in there, lots going on, so I watched the trailer more than a few times, especially the end (for obvious reasons). My initial take on the trailer was that there was something very familiar about it. Not familiar in terms of what we know about the TV show thus far, but rather a certain comic familiarity bubbling on the surface. I continued to re-watch…

  • The opening scene with Fiore and DeBlanc, at first I wasn’t sure what they were doing. By the end of the trailer it becomes obvious: this is the TV show version of Boot Hill! They are finally going to wake the Saint of Killers. Looks like Boot Hill is actually the old west bar from the first two “Cowboy” scenes in season one. Now, do Fiore and DeBlanc survive? We wont have long to wait to find out. So awesome!
  • They are hyping the “God is coming to Annville” thing in this trailer big time, which makes me believe an initial showdown will take place in the next two episodes. Now this might not be similar to the comic (at least not this early), but what follows is right on the money comic-wise…
    • Tulip: “Whats the Plan Jesse?”
    • Jesse: “Plan is simple. Find God. God wants our help, we help him. If he doesn’t, we’re gonna kick his ass.”
  • The cut scene right after shows Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy hitting the road in that red speedster car of theirs. I repeat ladies and gentlemen, they are hitting the road! This spells certain doom for Annville as predicted, and is very much in line with the comics.

Now all of that jumbled into two minutes of trailer left me feeling pretty damn good. I have mentioned numerous times on the blog how much I like the show, it’s unpredictability, how I love that we’re getting an alternate take on the greater Preacher universe. I have been able to separate the show from the comic in my viewings, and have been happy to do so. But I have to say, watching these old, familiar pieces fall into place really stirred some old nostalgic feelings for the source material.

Then this on Twitter, which I had missed while browsing the Comic-Con trailer a million times…

Let’s take a closer look at these photo’s…

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And… I pretty much melt in my computer chair. Oh. My. God.

I am sure that I don’t have to tell anyone that we are looking at the very first scene of the comics. This scene here, this is how I now believe season one ends, with Tulip kissing Jesse outside the iconic Five Aces Diner. Then we could pick things up from there to start season two, right where comic issue #1 starts. I have discovered through all of this that saying it would be cool to see the show follow the comics is one thing, but to actually see it happen is a whole other matter entirely. Words cannot describe how awesome a feeling this is.

At the end of the day, what this trailer makes me honestly feel is this: Preacher actually hasn’t even really started yet. Could anything else make more sense? There has been much made over the shows pacing, how it takes time to get moving, that it continually takes ample time to set things up. Could that be all by design? Has Seth Rogen and company taken the time to get us all invested in the characters and world before really getting the show on the road? Have we in fact been watching a 10 episode flashback?

At this point, I think the answer to that last question is closer to yes than it is to no. I also think that moving forward we’re going to see the show and comic align far more closely than we have seen to this point. After seeing the Comic-Con trailer, that is more than okay by me.