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'Preacher' stars Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper. (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Preacher, the ten-part AMC series that began last month, may only be halfway through its first season—but it already looks like sticking around for the long haul, as the network have now announced that it’s been renewed for another set of episodes next year. That’s good news for fans of Dominic Cooper‘s chain-smoking Texan holy man Jesse Custer; and also for fans of the original DC Vertigo comic on which it’s based, as the chances of the show adapting even more of the book’s long-running plot have significantly increased.

Like its stablemate The Walking Dead, Preacher has in its early episodes skewed close to the tone of the source material while going in its own direction in terms of story. Indeed, the first season is essentially playing out as a prequel to the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon-created comic, gathering Custer alongside Ruth Negga‘s Tulip and Joseph Gilgun‘s Irish vampire Cassidy in the town of Annville, before presumably setting them off on the chaotic, violence-and-conspiracy-filled road trip they’re destined to take. The second season has also been announced as comprising thirteen episodes rather than ten, which again would seem to allow a bit more room for the plot to unfold.

Preacher is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “What Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary. We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”

Preacher continues its run on Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC, while in the U.K. it airs on Amazon Prime.

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By Seb Patrick