"I love my horse, I love my wife, and I love my little girl. And as for Jesus...he can join us all in Hell."
—The Cowboy to the people of Ratwater[src]

"The Saint of Killers"[1] is the title of an unnamed man. During the civil war, he earned the nickname, the Butcher of Gettysburg. Through unknown means, the man was killed and damned to Hell. There, he was forced to relive his family's death over and over. Each time, he slaughtered everyone in Ratwater as vengeance. The man eventually had a visit from DeBlanc and Fiore, where they offered to release him from Hell if he killed Jesse Custer.


Battle of GettysburgEdit

The man served in the Battle of Gettysburg under the 4th Virginia Infantry. During which, the man killed 77 men and several horses.[2][3]

Death of his family and vengeanceEdit

When his daughter fell sick, the man set out in search for medicine. One night, he encountered a group of pioneers from St. Louis, who had invited him to join them for dinner. When they asked if he believed the West was a paradise, the man told them he didn't.[4]

Later, the man passed by a tree with Native Americans hung and their scalps torn off.[4] The Cowboy reached Ratwater. He arrived at Ratwater's apothecary where he requested medicine. He was told that the earliest he could have it was by the morning. The Cowboy then headed to the saloon. The Cowboy saw in the backroom that the family he saw in the apothecary had the father killed and the mother raped as the child is forced to watch. A preacher told the Cowboy he looked familiar.[2]

The following day, the Cowboy picked his medicine up and left Ratwater. On the way, he passed the pioneers he had met previously. After hesitation, the Cowboy turned around to protect them from a similar fate as a previous family. When he arrived, he found their carriage with blood. He arrived in the backroom and saw the family selling scalps. The Cowboy was then beat up. As he left, the preacher told him he recognized him from Gettysburg as they fought against each other. The preacher proceeded to kill the Cowboy's horse. The Cowboy was forced to walk back to his home. When he returned, he found his family dead as crows feasted on their bodies. Enraged, the Cowboy packed his weapons.[2]

Aftermath of The Cowboy's salugher

The Cowboy made his way back to Ratwater. He beheaded several children. Next, he headed to Cooley's, where MacReady introduced him as the Butcher of Gettysburg. MacReady told him to announce his love with Jesus. The Cowboy told MacReady he loved his horse and family. The Cowboy then told them Jesus could join them in Hell as he dumped the heads of several children. The Cowboy killed MacReady as the latter asked him what he wanted. The Cowboy ordered the Chinese singer to finish his song. The Cowboy slaughtered everyone in the church and beheaded the singer. The Cowboy went for a shot as a "storm" brewed.[3]

Damnation and releaseEdit

The Cowboy confronted by DeBlanc and Fiore

The Cowboy then relived the death of his family and his slaughtering over and over. Eventually, he was confronted by DeBlanc and Fiore. DeBlanc offered to release him from Hell if he helped with a job. The Cowboy was told they would tell him once he followed. The Cowboy then shot DeBlanc in the head. The Cowboy asked Fiore what the job was. The Cowboy was told they wanted him to kill a preacher.[3]

Hunt for Jesse CusterEdit

The Saint of Killers arrives in Annville's ruins

The Saint of Killers then arrived in Annville, only to find it in ruins. The Saint of Killers then shot Susan, instantly killing her, despite being an angel. The Saint of Killers proceeded to walk over her body growling "Preacher,", looking among the wreckage of Annville.[5]


  • Omnideadly guns: The Saint of Killer's guns are able to kill any individual, despite the individual's circumstance and powers. This was demonstrated when he shot both DeBlanc and Susan, both of who are angels that never reinvigorated when shot.[3][5]


According to MacReady, a preacher from Ratwater, the man loved killing unlike any other.[2] This was proven when he slaughtered the entire town of Ratwater, including the children as an act of vengeance.[3]


Season 1Edit

Behind the scenesEdit


Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit


  1. Preacher Q&A — Graham McTavish (Saint of Killers) - AMC
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Rosenberg, Craig (writer), Slovis, Michael (director) (June 26, 2016). Preacher Season 1: "South Will Rise Again". Episode 5. (1x04).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Rosenberg, Craig (writer), Slovis, Michael (director) (July 24, 2016). Preacher Season 1: "Finish the Song". Episode 9. (1x08).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Catlin, Sam (writer), Goldberg, Evan & Rogen, Seth (directors) (June 5, 2016). Preacher Season 1: "See". Episode 2. (1x01).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Catlin, Sam (writer), Catlin, Sam (director) (July 31, 2016). Preacher Season 1: "Call and Response". Episode 10. (1x09).

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