The first few episodes of Preacher were a little slow, but the pace is beginning to pick up after reaching the halfway point. Of course, many fans have been worrying that the show would be cancelled just as it was starting to get good, especially as the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book adaptation hasn’t set the ratings on fire the same way as The Walking Dead.

Well, AMC has today renewed Preacher for an extended second season of thirteen episodes which are set to air in 2017. The first season (which hits Amazon Prime every Monday) is scheduled to run for ten, so the extra three instalments are an unexpected bonus!

Preacher is actually the #2 new series on cable this year among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, and is currently averaging a solid enough 3.3 million viewers per episode in Nielsen live plus 3 ratings. The supernatural drama was developed by executive producers Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin, with Catlin also serving as showrunner and writer.

“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 Charlie Collier, president of AMC Studios today. “What Sam, Seth, Evan 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.”

Don’t forget to check out our review of the latest episode of Preacher by clicking here.