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HBO’s initial plans for the show were to have each issue turned into an episode; it would have been as close to a direct page-to-screen adaptation as you can get, which left them to either take it all or leave it completely. We know what the final decision ended up being. In AMC’s case, I’m going to go ahead and assume that they will have to cut out more than they keep. The question is, how much can they cut while still retaining that humorously macabre tone that has made Preacher such a beloved classic?What will be lost in removing much of the violence? Well I guess the natural next question is exactly how much is “much of?” Between Breaking Bad and the Walking Dead, from Gus Fring losing half his face to Hershel being decapitated on screen, it’s readily apparent that AMC does indeed have its fair share of creative freedom. I think that where violence is concerned, the Preacher T.V. series will be just fine. Instead, the challenge becomes balancing this high level of violence with everything else—and I assure you, there’s plenty to consider. Take, for example, the sexual content. Yeah, yeah there’s sex in everything—big deal, right? If you’re thinking this, odds are you haven’t read Preacher. I’m not talking about your standard sexual encounters, here. I’m talking about—well—take for example a moment very early on the series. Jesse Custer, the preacher himself and our hero, merges with a demon angel and so has the power to command a person to do whatever he tells them. He tells a man, “you’re gonna go fuck yourself.” It’s later discovered that paramedics had to remove his severed penis from his anus. In a nutshell, that example is a very good representation of what Preacher is chock-full of. Odin Quincannon, an evil racist who owns a meat factory, regularly ventures into the warehouse to have sex with a doll he constructed out of raw meat. He emerges in his underpants covered head to toe in animal blood. Herr Starr, another villain, gets his penis eaten off by a Rottweiler after a whole slew of horrible sex-related abuse is inflicted upon him over the course of the series. T.C., yet another major scoundrel that Preacher cannot make do without, is constantly having sex with farm animals, and he isn’t the only character that does this. Although I can’t imagine any of this being bookended by ads for shampoo and Ford trucks, the twisted jokes that follow might be the most difficult to convey. Yes, the humor isn’t just limited to strange sexual acts. In Preacher, the most powerful organization on the planet is known as the Grail, and they have every world leader in their pocket. It’s revealed that 2000 years ago, they staged the crucifixion of Christ, as well as the resurrection, and then protected his bloodline for two millenniums. In protecting the bloodline, they only allowed its members to reproduce with each other to keep it “pure.” The result is obvious. Jesus’s descendent is a severely intellectually disabled boy who wears a t-shirt with a giant yellow smiley face on it. It isn’t the religious aspect that’s a concern, it’s the fact that this boy is a joke and is designed to be mocked. In a similar fashion, there’s a character named Arseface, who attempted to shoot himself in the head. Instead of killing himself, he was left very badly maimed—hence the name “Arseface.” Even Jesse Custer can’t help but laugh at Arseface’s disfigurement and speech impediment. And Arseface is a recurring character from beginning to end. Will AMC be on board completely and influence its audience to laugh at these characters’ misfortunes?