...[the Rev]...is he the creepiest character on the show or what? Goofy smile talking in B.S. riddles, and now the seizures? I have the feelign he has only "partially" been saved after the Civil War - I think he's gonna eventually fall off the path and turn out to be able to committ some really horrid atrocities...
Strongly disagree.Harkening back to my "biblical references" post earlier in this thread:
I believe each of the Deadwood
characters can be placed somewhere along a spectrum, with Absolute Evil on one end and Absolute Good on the other. (Good versus Evil
is a consistent theme in Westerns generally, and appears to be even more emphasized in this epic.)
(I also have a theory that each character will be forced to choose between Good and Evil at some point as the show progresses, and many have already faced -- or are facing -- that decision...but that's for another post.)
If you imagine Al Swearengen at the Evil end of the spectrum, then the Preacher is at the opposite end. He is guided by Goodness (the "Good book") first and foremost, having dedicated his life to the Word. His own personal battle with Evil is manifested in his epileptic seizures, as though the Devil knows He cannot break the Preacher through conventional means (temptation, for instance) and must break him physically instead. Weren't epileptics commonly thought to be possessed by the Devil when in the throes of a seizure many years ago?
The Preacher seems to be above the affairs of common men, above the sins of the flesh. He concerns himself with the larger issues of Salvation and the Word of God. He's the last person I'd worry about doing something innately Evil or sinful.