Season 3, Episode 6: “Les Enfants du Sang”
Directed by Laura Belsey
Written by Rachel Wagner
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “The Coffin” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Hitler” – click here
We haven’t seen Arseface aka Eugene (Ian Colletti) in a long while. He’s getting a glimpse of his hometown, now a mere crater in the earth. He’s feeling a sense of renewal, though, believing God wants him “alive.” Although he has to stay in less than pleasant conditions with other lost young people in an orphanage. Until someone comes to adopt him.
Who’s his “new foster parent“? The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish), apparently!
Now Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) is meeting Les Enfants du Sang, the Children of Blood, who he considers a bunch of “make believers.” He’s greeted by Eccarius (Adam Croasdell), their leader. They all want to be vampires, so Cass tells them about the plight of being one of the undead. Vampirism is loneliness, he says. Even funnier is the lair of this group is in the basement of one of their members’ houses, where his grandma does laundry. Although soon enough Cassidy starts to wonder if Eccarius himself is a “poser” or not.
“Let’s see where this story takes us”
“It takes us to Hell”
Over at Angelville, Gran’ma (Betty Buckley) has TC (Colin Cunningham) and Jody (Jeremy Childs) taking care of her, plus Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), to keep them both alive a bit longer. Instead, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) offers to do one better: get a ton of souls. The only thing is, they’ll have to break into Sabina Boyd’s (Prema Cruz) bank of souls. They’ve also got to pretend Gran’ma and Tulip are dead.
This new plot requires Ms. O’Hare. She does herself up like a blonde Southern belle, then heads over to the Bank of the Bayou. Pretty good disguise, too. Considering she’s on a watch list posted right on the wall. Things go smoothly, as Tulip makes her way into the vault with one of the managers, casing the place. Except she finds there’s a high-tech lock inside only able to be opened by the owner of the safety deposit box’s saliva. Tricky, tricky.
More Eccarius, as Cassidy hangs around to see more how their little cult works. There’s a ceremony going ahead that night. The leader would like the vamp to stick around and watch. Eccarius loves being a vampire, whereas Cass can’t stand it. Will they come to an understanding after spending more time together? There seems more to this man than meets the eye.
In a bar, Jesse beats the shit out of a bunch of guys, has a drink, then waits for Sabina to arrive. The two old acquaintances have a brief chat— decidedly antagonistic at times. She’s still bitter about their past, as well as the fact she continues believing Jesse killed her brother all those years ago. He does everything he can to get a bit of Madame Boyd’s saliva for that bank lock. Not an easy feat.
When they’ve got all they need, the gang begins their plan. Also includes TC going buck naked into a petting zoo, drawing away a few cops. At the same time, Jody heads over to the Boyd area of town with a pistol, firing off shots, killing a few of their crew. Easy peasy!
At his office, Herr Starr (Pip Torrens) is surprised by Allfather D’Aronique (Jonny Coyne) sitting in his chair, waiting for him. It’s not a nice meeting, really. Seems like the Allfather has a bit of beef with his man Starr. Before either of them can talk, they have to eat, of course. Always the case with D’Aronique. They later speak of an “apocalypse … as ordained” by the Church. This will separate true believers and the fake ones.
Out on the town, Eccarius takes Cassidy flying with him. Afterwards, Cass shows him other “ways of getting high” at the bar. They talk about their differing visions of vampirism. Cass discovers there are vampiric powers he “never knew existed,” from flying to seduction and more. A wholly other world unbeknown to him. What our vamp doesn’t quite jive with yet is turning others into vampires, like Eccarius. He’s got moral issues with the way Les Enfants du Sang operate.
All this sends Cassidy into a tailspin, questioning the life he ash with friends while new friends, more adapted to eternal life have turned up. Most definitely a mindfuck for the poor vamp. He’s left wondering what the purpose of such long life is after over a century of living, having to leave people behind and watch them die. So sad.
At Angelville, Gran’ma is awake and feeling a bit better. She’s also ready to be done with both Jesse and Tulip. They’re preparing Madame Boyd first, sucking her soul out. Unfortunately it looks like Tulip could be next. That is, before the preacher pulls out his gun, ending Sabina’s wretched existence. He’s thinking of getting the Grail involved now in order to save Tulip once and for all.
“Turning people— it’s wrong.”
Another excellent chapter in the Preacher series. Always getting better, weirder, a bit wilder. I love every second of it. Can’t wait for more, too.
“Hitler” is next time. You can bet we’ll see some of Adolph and Arseface.