Major spoilers below for the Preacher Season 2 finale, so be sure to watch before reading on.
Preacher Season 2 was a whirlwind of new locations and new characters, and TV audiences were introduced to The Grail and its zealotry-guided members. This was seemingly working for Jesse, who was all set to take his messianic talents to Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the finale, but Tulip didn't have it so well, as she was shot and left to die by Julie Ann Emery's identity-flipping Featherstone. When the actress spoke with CinemaBlend recently, she told me that shocking death was really just a case of Tulip's heinous timing.
Of course, this is obviously a scripted show, so the cards were intentionally laid out as such, with Tulip indeed succumbing to a bullet-ridden death, though not from the hulking Saint of Killers as she'd been so fearful of. No, she was killed by "Jenny," the woman Tulip thought was her friend, and someone who'd actually helped her get through some tough mental situations. But their relationship was just a means to an end for Featherstone, and when Tulip stepped over the line, there wasn't much hesitation to be found on the Grail enforcer's face as she made the decision to pull the trigger.
So if Tulip had just left a "Goodbye" note on the apartment door, or even just gave Jenny a call somehow, she wouldn't have gotten shot. And Cassidy wouldn't have come so close to turning her into a vamp, and Jesse wouldn't have had to make a trip back to his former stomping grounds to presumably put a resurrection into motion. Keep that in mind, readers, the next time you are moving away and you want to bid a friend farewell, because that friend could very well be part of an organization that has a literal God complex.
It was quite interesting to learn from Julie Ann Emery that there weren't any further ulterior motives regarding anyone in the apartment beyond Jesse. That's kind of a refreshing way for villains to work in comic book TV shows, where it's usually an all-or-nothing kind of thing. Granted, Tulip still ended up getting killed, which makes any opposite intentions rather moot. But it's another sign that The Grail strives to secure its goals in ways that don't necessarily have to leave a bloody wake.
Not that Featherstone was honest to Tulips about very much. I asked Julie Ann Emery about working on her scenes with Ruth Negga, which were arguably the most grounded and realistic moments within Preacher Season 2, and she said nothing but kind things about her co-star. Mentioning that she quite loved having the machismo-driven Preacher take time for meaningful scenes between two women, Emery went a little deeper into why their story connection worked so well.
Now that Season 2 is over, Preacher sadly doesn't have a guaranteed return date, as AMC has not yet renewed it for Season 3. It's not a guarantee that it'll happen, either, but we're more than hopeful, as that ending NEEDS to be cleared up before it's all said and done. The world needs more Ruth Negga on TV, and I don't think anyone would complain about getting to see a revenge scene between Tulip and Featherstone.
While waiting for some good news on that front, head to our fall premiere schedule to see what else is hitting the small screen in the coming months.