Preacher - Season 1, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

El Valero



Critic Consensus: "El Valero" is a strong, lively episode - brimming with clever action sequences, a witty score, and a slew of sly performances from its core cast.

Episode Info

In a fierce gun battle, Jesse faces off against Quincannon and the Meat Men to protect his church. Meanwhile, Tulip tries to save a friend.


Dominic Cooper
as Jesse Custer
Ian Colletti
as Eugene Root
W. Earl Brown
as Hugo Root
Anatol Yusef
as DeBlanc
Derek Wilson
as Donnie Schenck
Dominic Ruggieri
as 10-Year-Old Jesse
Graham McTavish
as The Cowboy
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Critic reviews for El Valero

Nearly everything that happens hints at greatness, or at least damn goodness, that goes frustratingly unrealized.

July 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Fortunately this episode answers questions and doesn't raise new ones, so it's ahead of the game.

July 18, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

But "Preacher" is no ordinary Western, and "El Valero" becomes just as much about Jesse's guilt as him shooting off his attackers' penises.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

I am aware Dominic Cooper has been praised by some and tolerated by others, but "El Valero" really goes out of its way to show all the different shades Cooper brings to the character of Jesse Custer

July 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Feels mostly like a place-setting episode for both Jesse's story and his friends' plotline for the two hours remaining this season.

July 18, 2016 | Full Review…

"El Valero" proved to be another great entry for the series, showing that it's finally time for Jesse to pay for his overconfidence and Genesis-fueled meddling.

July 19, 2016 | Full Review…

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