Will Jesse Custer finally find God in the fourth and final season of this wickedly irreverent and gloriously grotesque series from creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg? And what’s next for Jesse if he does?
Stars Dominic Cooper (Jesse), Ruth Negga (Tulip), Julie Ann Emery (Featherstone) and Mark Harelik (God) were at Comic-Con to provide some of the answers.
“[Jesse] wants answers and he wants reasons,” says Cooper. “He believes in this man and he wants a reason for why he deserted mankind,” adding that it would be a relief because he’s been searching for him for three seasons.
On the responsibilities of playing God, Harelik offered: “He’s created man in his own image, and when you take a look at people, you see there’s some good aspects and some very scummy aspects. So the show has taken that very message very literally.
“He wants man to have free will and that kind of messes up his plans. I spend most of this last season manipulating everyone’s paths so they will achieve my ultimate will, which is what you’re going to find out.”
Theological issues aside, expect a lot of friction between the show’s reunited core trio of Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun).
“There’s a lot of ambiguity, worry, jealously and panic,” says Cooper. There’s a lot of mistrust and, as you know from last season, something has happened that I may or may not find out about. It’s a lot to do with whether the three trust one another, how much they depend on one another, and what they mean to one another. Amongst the chaos there’s actually a very heartfelt and beautiful story of three very lost individuals who find solace in one another.”
Having wrapped production in Melbourne three weeks earlier, the cast showered praise on the Australian sets and locations with Cooper adding that the outback shots add a new texture to the show.
“I’m just happy for having the opportunity to have done it,” he says. “I think it would be very hard to find a job now that allows us to do the things we’ve done in this – to do broad comedy in the same day you’re doing very dramatic and serious scenes about your father and then go on to a cleverly constructed fight scene. That’s the nature of how wonderful and different this show is. It’s been an incredible four years.”