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Sam Catlin on Why 'Preacher' Works, Ending on a Strong Note and More [The Road to Angelville: Bleeding Cool's Preacher Week]

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With Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and Tulip's (Ruth Negga) mission to drag a still-missing God back to Heaven being sidetracked by the small matter of Tulip being dead, AMC's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic book series Preacher rages along "The Road to Angelville" heading into its third season premiere on Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET.

In its honor, The Road to Angelville: Bleeding Cool's Preacher Week is giving faithful fans interviews with executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; showrunner/executive producer Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad); actor Colin Cunningham (TC); actress Betty Buckley (Gran'ma Marie L'Angell); and Gilgun. We're also looking back at the seasons 1 & 2 for clues to what's ahead; reflecting on our "cosplay year" as Jesse Custer at New York Comic Con (NYCC); and throwing out some surprises that hopefully make the wait for Sunday a little more bearable.

All of this leads to the return of Taking Confession, Bleeding Cool's Preacher live-blog, on Sunday, June 24, starting at 10 p.m. ET; with some sweet "pre-game" stuff happening as our live-blog site goes live at 9 p.m. ET (at Bleeding Cool's website). Join us as we share our thoughts on 'Angelville' in real time – and stay tuned because there might just be a live post-show happening…???

Catlin (Breaking Bad) is a man who wears a lot of hats on the set of Preacher: writer, director, showrunner and executive producer. With that level of experience and having been involved with the series from the start, Catlin shared with Bleeding Cool his thoughts on the new season's "not for the easily offended" promos; what makes Preacher so different yet still work so well; and where Season 3 positions the series overall:

Catlin's connection to AMC's Breaking Bad – considered by many to be an example of the "right way" for a series to end its run – afforded us the opportunity to ask him if he had any sugestions/advice on what should go into a successful series finale. The conversation then flowed back to Preacher, with Catlin explaining where we are this season in context to the overall storyline (little more than halfway) why it's important that the show not overstay its welcome:

Sam Catlin on Why 'Preacher' Works, Ending on a Strong Note and More [The Road to Angelville: Bleeding Cool's Preacher Week]

Not like you need another shot of adrenaline to get jacked for Sunday's Season 3 premiere of AMC's Preacher, but just to be on the safe side… here's a look at the official trailer, teasers, sneak previews, and behind-the-scenes videos to help blaze your trail to Angelville:

PREACHER is a dramatic thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

The 10-episode third season follows Jesse's quest for God which takes him back to the place he's been avoiding his whole life: home. Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past…because the future of the world depends on it.

Ian Colletti, Graham McTavish, Pip Torrens, Julie Ann Emery, and Malcolm Barrett also return for the third season; joined by new series regulars Betty Buckley (Supergirl, Split); Colin Cunningham (Blood Drive, Falling Skies); Jeremy Childs (The Last Castle, Nashville); Liz McGeever (Star, Nashville); Jonny Coyne (Turn, Alcatraz); Adam Croasdell (Reign); and Prema Cruz (Mozart in the Jungle).

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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