SPOILERS: Things Are Definitely Going To Be Different In PREACHER’s Second Season

Hope you didn't get too attached to the residents of Annville.

Note: this post contains spoilers for the Preacher season finale.

Last night, AMC's Preacher wrapped up its first season with a literal bang: after revealing that God himself is missing from Heaven, the entire town of Annville, TX was wiped off the map in a gigantic methane explosion. 

"But wait," you might've thought, "Surely they're not going to kill off virtually every character we've met so far, right? What about Emily? What about Sheriff Root? What about Odin Quincannon?"

According to Preacher Executive Producer Sam Catlin: yup, they're all dead. For realsies. 

Here's Catlin speaking to Deadline Hollywood in the wake of last night's finale:

“In the end, we had to clear the deck, there’s so many great characters from the comic to come,” says Catlin, who along with EPs Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg intended Preacher’s first season to be a prequel to the Vertigo comic book, with some nods to the print edition’s “Gone to Texas” series...

“In the first season we really wanted to establish Jesse’s relationship to God and lack thereof,” Catlin says about teeing up Season 2. "He is disillusioned and losing his congregation from the beginning. We needed to put Jesse’s journey into context, and his mission for next season.”

Making Preacher's first season a pseudo-prequel to the Vertigo comic series which inspired it is an interesting move, one I wish Rogen, Goldberg and Catlin had been a little clearer about in the lead-up to season one (I suspect that doing so might've alleviated some of the "treading water" sensation many fans had while watching this first batch of episodes). 

As for where the show's headed in season two: according to Catlin, Preacher's going to play allllll the hits. The Saint of Killer will be back. That white-suited mystery man from episode three? That really was Herr Starr, and he'll be answering directly to the Allfather in future episodes. We'll also be meeting Jody, Jesse's horrific Cajun family, and many more characters from the series.

What do you guys make of all this, and what did you think about Preacher's first season, now that it's completed and we can consider it as a whole?