The scene: Jesse's parishioners hold a wacky post-church cookout
"We really wanted to see Jesse be a preacher in something more than name only," says Catlin. "We wanted to see what his investment was, and how much he'd invested in God and the idea of religion and the idea of him being saved, because he's done terrible things and he is literally, like so many Americans are, certain he is going to Hell because of all the terrible things he's done, stretching all the way back to when he was a young boy. We wanted to see what was at stake for him here in this town, and basically the challenge he set out for himself is that he's going to try to much as he can save the souls of this town.
"Annville isn't like any other town. This is a town that's really just soaked in sin. It really is in some ways a Sodom and Gomorrah. That's what we're teasing out, over the course of the season. Once we get to know, not just Jesse and Cassidy more, but the people who actually live in this town, and the history of this town, and secrets that exist in this town, and all of the sin and all of the rot and corruption and grief and all of those things.
"That's sort of what Jesse is trying to bring God to, while he's dealing with often supernatural entities and angels and vampire hunters and all of that. Jesse has a real, direct and hopeful relationship to God in the beginning. Eventually, the scales will fall from his eyes and he'll understand what's really going on with God. That's where the show really begins."