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"American Gods" Season3 on Starz 2020
American Gods is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz, based on the novel of the same name by author Neil Gaiman. Fuller and Green wrote the first episode and serve as showrunners. Gaiman will executive produce along with Fuller, Green, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk, and Thom Beers.
The 8-episode first season premiered on April 30, 2017. The first season concluded on June 18, 2017. In May 2017, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on March 10, 2019. The following week, Starz renewed American Gods for a third season.
During an interview with Neil Gaiman on June 24, 2016, he discussed plans for future seasons of the show beyond the first, should it be continued, and noting that the first season only covers the first third of the novel. The second season is intended to cover the Lakeside section of the novel, and "a big pivotal thing that happens to Mr. Wednesday" will likely be a season finale for either the second or third season.
American Gods TV Series
The series will focus on the mysterious Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison for assault. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man calling himself Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job he seems all too confident that Shadow will accept. Arriving home, Shadow finds that the life he thought was waiting for him is gone. With no other options, he accepts Wednesday's offer.
At first, it appears that Wednesday is nothing but a con artist who runs scams for cash and needs Shadow as a collaborator and bodyguard. Shadow soon learns that Wednesday is in fact the god Odin of Norse mythology. Wednesday is making his way across America, gathering all the old gods, who, without believers, have now incorporated themselves into American life and pretend to be ordinary people, while the New Gods – Media, Technology, and a host of others – grow ever stronger. Shadow finds himself drawn into a final confrontation between the old gods and the new.
American Gods (2001 Novel)
American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by English author Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on the mysterious and taciturn Shadow. Several of the themes touched upon in the book were previously glimpsed in The Sandman comic book series.
The book was published in 2001 by Headline in the United Kingdom and by William Morrow in the United States. A special tenth anniversary edition, with the "author's preferred text" and including an additional 12,000 words, was published by William Morrow in June 2011. The text is identical to the signed and numbered limited edition that was released by Hill House Publishers in 2003. This version of the text has also been in print from Headline, Gaiman's publisher in the UK since 2005. The tenth anniversary edition marks the first time the author's preferred text has been available in wide release outside the UK. Gaiman also did a very extensive sold-out book tour celebrating the 10th anniversary and promoting this book in 2011.
There are two audio versions of the book, the first one an unabridged version of the original published edition, read by George Guidall, released in 2001 and a full cast audiobook version of the tenth anniversary edition with the author's preferred text including the 12,000 additional words, released in 2011. Both were produced and published by Harper Audio. The full cast audiobook project also was announced on Neil Gaiman's blog with a contest in which people could submit audio auditions and the winner would get an all expense paid trip to New York City to record a part for the audio book.
"American Gods" Season 1 Episodes (2017)
Episode #1: "The Bone Orchard" April 30, 2017
In 813 CE, a Viking horde arrives at America, where hostilities greet them and force them to leave. In order to get home, they begin to make offerings to Odin. Eventually, they are successful; the wind picks up and they leave. In the present, Shadow Moon is released a few days early from prison when his wife, Laura Moon, dies in a car accident. On the flight home, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a bodyguard. On the drive home, Shadow stops at a bar where he again meets Wednesday. Shadow learns that his best friend, Robbie, also died in the accident. Mad Sweeney introduces himself to Shadow as a leprechaun, and they fight. Shadow wins and earns a golden coin. Shadow attends Laura's funeral, and learns that she had been having an affair with Robbie. After the burial, he throws the coin at her grave, where it vanishes into the ground. Leaving the funeral, Shadow is abducted by the Technical Boy, who demands to know about Wednesday. Technical Boy orders his men to kill Shadow and they proceed to hang him. The noose eventually snaps, freeing Shadow, while his attackers are killed by an unknown assailant.
#2 "The Secret of Spoons" - May 7, 2017
In 1697, on a slave ship, a slave begins to pray. Suddenly, a man known as Anansi [Mr. Nancy] begins a monologue relating all the horrible things that will happen to them once they arrive at America. This propels them to get freed and burn the ship to kill the slavers. In the present, Shadow confronts Wednesday, but accepts to continue working for him for double salary. After packing his and Laura's stuff, he leaves with Wednesday who assigns him to buy certain things. While shopping in a store, Shadow meets Media, one of the New Gods who wants him to align with her. After refusing it, he and Wednesday travel to Chicago where they arrive at an apartment belonging to three sisters (Zorya) and a worker (Czernobog), who has a dark past with Wednesday. After dinner, Czernobog plays checkers with Shadow with a bet: if Shadow wins, Czernobog will go with them; but if Shadow loses, Czernobog will knock him with a hammer. Shadow loses and is told that he will be hit the next morning.
#3 "Head Full of Snow" - May 14, 2017
Somewhere in America, Anubis comes for the soul of an elderly Muslim woman. Arriving at a desert, he pulls out her heart and weighs it on a scale against a feather to determine if she was a good or bad person. She is found worthy and Anubis sends her to the afterlife. Back in Chicago, Shadow dreams of Zorya Polunochnaya, youngest of the Zorya sisters, who pulls the Moon from the sky and gives it to him as a silver dollar. Waking, Shadow challenges Czernobog to another game of checkers in exchange for allowing him to hit him twice with his hammer. Shadow wins, and Czernobog agrees to go to Wisconsin. In New York City, an Omani businessman meets a taxi driver who is revealed to be an Ifrit. The two have sex, and the following morning, they exchange lives. Elsewhere, Shadow is confronted by Mad Sweeney, who demands the gold coin he mistakenly gave him. Shadow tells him he threw it on Laura's grave. Mad Sweeney exhumes Laura's coffin, finding her and the coin gone. Shadow assists Wednesday in a bank heist by "thinking of snow," which causes a snowstorm, then returns to his hotel room to find Laura waiting for him.
#4 "Git Gone" - May 21, 2017
In a flashback, we learn about Shadow's late wife Laura. Laura's empty existence drove her to attempt suicide. Surviving the attempt, she meets Shadow when he tries to rob the casino where she works. Laura warns him to stop, and the two go home together instead. Shadow quickly falls in love with Laura and they marry, but Laura still finds her life meaningless. She convinces Shadow to rob the casino again, this time with a plan based on her knowledge of casino security, but Shadow is caught and sent to prison. Laura promises to wait for him, only to have an affair with Shadow's boss Robbie. On the eve of Shadow's release, Laura and Robbie are killed in a car accident. Laura finds herself in the desert with Anubis, but before he can send her to the afterlife, she is whisked back to her own body. Now possessed of superhuman strength and able to perceive Shadow as a brilliant light in the distance, she feels compelled to pursue him, even as her physical form begins to decay. She is discovered by two morticians, Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, who restore her damaged body. Laura recognizes Mr. Jacquel as Anubis, who says he will come to claim her when her quest is over. Laura continues toward Shadow, eventually meeting him in his hotel room.
#5 "Lemon Scented You" - May 28, 2017
During that last ice age, a tribe of people traveled across Beringia, with the totem of their god, Nynyunnini. As their journey grows more difficult, they begin to lose faith. Their god advises them to eat their god's totem animal remains. They survive but Nynyunnini is forgotten and dying. Media appears and confronts Technical Boy on behalf of Mr. World, the New God of Globalization, scolding him for his attempted lynching of Shadow. Shadow and Wednesday are arrested for bank robbery. Mad Sweeney tries to retrieve his coin from Laura but discovers that it is inside her, giving her life. He warns her not to trust Wednesday. In the jail, Media (now in the form of Marilyn Monroe) and Mr. World force Technical Boy to apologize. The New Gods offer an alliance with Wednesday, promising to help him "find his audience" by sending a missile named Odin to attack North Korea. They murder the police and allow Shadow and Wednesday to escape.
#6 "A Murder of Gods" - June 4, 2017
A group of Mexicans attempting to illegally cross the border into the U.S. pray to Jesus, who comes and attempts to protect them. He is shot dead while doing so. Shadow questions what he saw at the police station and admits to Wednesday that Laura is back from the dead. Sweeney teams up with Laura, seeking her resurrection so he can reclaim his coin. They meet Salim, who joins them in order to find the jinn. They travel together in his taxi. In Virginia, Wednesday takes Shadow to meet the Old God Vulcan, who maintains control over a small town through their belief in the right to bear arms. Vulcan agrees to stand with Wednesday and forges him a sword, but he later betrays them by telling the New Gods where they are. In revenge, Wednesday kills him and curses his believers.
#7 "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" - June 11, 2017
Ibis tells the story of Essie, an Irish girl who was raised on stories of leprechauns, for whom she would leave offerings in exchange for blessings. When accused of stealing a necklace, she is sentenced to seven years as an indentured servant in America. During the journey, she seduces the ship captain and persuades him to take her to London. There she becomes a thief; she is caught and sentenced to hang after forgetting an offering. She sleeps with the elderly prison warden and becomes pregnant, thereby avoiding hanging. She is sentenced again to go to America as an indentured servant, where someone will buy her contract. She marries her master who, upon his death, leaves her in charge of his farm. Although she stops telling their stories, Essie's strong belief attracts a visit from Sweeney. He thanks her and then takes her to the afterlife. Sweeney tells Laura that he deserted as a soldier and is taking part in Wednesday's war to atone. The truck they are driving is overturned and Sweeny's lucky coin falls out of Laura. Sweeney restores the coin to her out of guilt after revealing that he caused the accident that resulted in her death.
#8 "Come to Jesus" - June 18, 2017
Mr. Nancy tells Shadow and Wednesday the story of Bilquis, a powerful but fallen Old Goddess, which convinces Wednesday to seek out a queen. He and Shadow visit Easter, an Old Goddess of spring and resurrection who has successfully adapted to the new era by capitalizing on the Christian celebration of Christ's resurrection. Laura and Mad Sweeney track Shadow to Easter's estate. Easter discovers that Laura can't be resurrected because she was killed by a god, forcing Sweeney to admit that Wednesday arranged both Laura's death and Shadow's imprisonment in order to isolate Shadow for his own purposes. Media (as Judy Garland from Easter Parade), Technical Boy, and Mr. World arrive to threaten Wednesday. Wednesday destroys Mr. World with a lightning bolt and proclaims himself to be Odin, the God of War, which convinces Easter to unleash her own powers and take back the spring, casting a blight over America. At last Shadow admits belief in the Old Gods, just before Laura arrives and ready to tell him of Wednesday's manipulations.
"American Gods" Season 1 Episodes (2019)
Episode #1: "House on the Rock" March 10, 2019
A dozen of the Old Gods reunite at at the House on the Rock at Mr. Wednesday's request. Shadow is allowed to enter but Laura and Mad Sweeney are denied. Bilquis arrives uninvited, but is allowed in. Salim reunites with the Jinn, who is working for Wednesday. Meanwhile, Mr. World orders Technical Boy to find Media. At the house, the carousel transports them into the otherworld inside Wednesday's mind, where they debate his war plans. Bilquis says they must embrace the New Gods' tools to increase their followers, but Shadow delivers a speech to convince them to give Wednesday's plans a chance. Later, as they are eating and socializing at the Wisconsin Motel America diner, Mr. World orders an attack on them. Zorya is killed by a sniper and Shadow is captured.
#2 "The Beguiling Man" - March 17, 2019
Mr. Wednesday vows to avenge Zorya. Mr. Town tortures and interrogates Shadow about Mr. Wednesday's plans, which makes Shadow remember coming to America as a child with his mother and how he lost her. Wednesday sends the Jinn to find his spear, Gungnir, and Salim, in love, accompanies him. Laura and Mad Sweeney pursue Shadow's diminishing light by car, during which Sweeney tells Laura about a Devil, called Baron, in New Orleans who could help her. Mr. World tries to convince Bilquis to side with him. Technical Boy finds Media, who refuses to come out until she is ready. Laura and Mad Sweeney find Shadow on a train, just as Wednesday carries out his plan to derail it.
#3 "Muninn" - March 24, 2019
Laura, dismembered in the train crash, is taken by Wednesday and Sweeney to Mr. Ibis, leaving Shadow in the ruins of the train. Ibis sews Laura back together again, and Wednesday takes her to find Argus, the god of surveillance, to "recharge her coin". Sweeney tells her they should go meet the Baron instead, and to not trust Wednesday, but she ignores his advice. Media reincarnates as New Media, and she and Technical Boy are sent to meet with Argus, whose surveillance has failed the New Gods. New Media attempts to merge with Argus, but they are interrupted by Laura killing Argus on Wednesday's orders. Argus' death reverses part of Laura's rot, and causes her heart to beat briefly. Wednesday implies Argus may come back, and leaves Laura behind, telling her she and Shadow are not connected, and that she is no longer the girl he loved. Meanwhile, Salim and the Jinn obtain Gungnir from Iktomi, who also gives them a tiny sapling. Shadow hitches a ride to Cairo, Illinois with Sam Black Crow, where he arrives at Mr. Ibis' funeral parlor and confronts Wednesday.
#4 "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
March 31, 2019
Shadow and Wednesday leave for St. Louis, to meet with Money, who Wednesday claims is the most powerful god in America. Bilquis, shaken up by Zorya's death, arrives in Cairo, to speak with Mr. Ibis and Anansi. Anansi is infuriated by Ibis' and Bilquis' attempt at neutrality in the war, and says the African gods must stick together and fight, because no one else will fight for them; he apparently convinces Bilquis. Mr. World summons New Media and Technical Boy and tortures the latter for letting Argus die. Technical Boy promises Mr. World a replacement for Argus and goes to meet Mr. Xie, the CEO of a technology company, whose electronic music brought him power in the past. He fails to impress Xie, who instead chooses Mr. World and New Media. Technical Boy attempts to flee, but is captured and "retired" by Mr. World. Money appears before Wednesday and Mr. World and declares that he will not take a side in the war.
#5 "The Ways of the Dead" - April 7, 2019
Laura arrives in New Orleans, and meets up with Sweeney, who introduces her to Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte, two loa he claims can bring her back to life. Samedi gives Laura a potion, but to work it must be mixed with "the blood of true love". After a confusing night, Laura leaves Sweeney, believing that Wednesday is manipulating her through him. From the sapling sent by Iktomi, Wednesday plants a new Yggdrasil in Cairo, then leaves to retrieve Gungnir from the Jinn and Salim. Wednesday asks Alvíss, King of the Dwarves, to repair Gungnir, but Alvíss says it is the runes on the spear that must be repaired. Shadow learns about Froggie James, a black man who was lynched in Cairo many years before, and who still haunts the town – furious at his own people who did not come to his aid when he needed them. Anansi suspects that Ibis and Jacquel remain neutral because Froggie's curse ensures them a constant stream of dead bodies, so they do not need a new war. In an attempt to free the people of the curse, Shadow allows Froggie to tell his story by speaking through him at Ruby's funeral.
#6 "Donar the Great" - April 14, 2019
Shadow and Wednesday go to a once-popular mall that was built over the dwarves' American center of power. The dwarves are too weak now to reawaken the runes. They request the most powerful artifact in the mall: Lou Reed's signed leather jacket, currently in a memorabilia store. Shadow and Wednesday pull a con called the Bishop Game and succeed in swindling the jacket, which they lay on Dvalinn the runemaster's shoulders. The power flows through the dwarf into the spear, and he crafts the runes on Gungnir. Mr. World senses the runes have been etched and states that things are happening ahead of schedule. Flashbacks tell the story of Wednesday's son, Donar the Great, Thor's stage name, who performed in Mr. Nancy and Wednesday's burlesque shows in the early 1900's with Columbia. American Nazis are impressed by Donar and want to sponsor him for strong man competitions. Eventually they demand that Donar throw a match against a German opponent, but Donar refuses. Donar and Columbia want to run away to California, but Wednesday schemes to break them up. Donar and Wednesday fight and Donar breaks Odin's spear with his hammer, Mjölnir. Donar eventually commits the only type of death gods cannot come back from, suicide.
#7 "Treasure of the Sun" - April 21, 2019
Sweeney arrives in Cairo, and is greeted by banshees; he knows this means someone in the house will die. The others do not believe him, and think they are only humans there for a funeral. Wednesday repairs Gungnir with a branch from the new Yggdrasil tree and orders Shadow to guard the spear. Sweeney is falling apart physically, going mad again and remembering his origins, but his memories are confused. He recalls living wild and mad, a wife and daughter that he lost, a curse that was put on him by the monks, and a prophecy that he will die by a spear. Ibis tells him "stories are truer than the truth" and implies Sweeney is also the old god Lugh, who slew his one-eyed grandfather, Balor. Sweeney sees himself killing Wednesday, instead, and denies being Lugh. Sweeney reveals to the household that the food everyone has been eating was left by the banshees, who are fairies like himself, and that eating a fairy's food puts you in their debt. Sweeney says Wednesday is now in his debt. Sweeney attempts to kill Wednesday with Gungnir, but Shadow grabs the spear and Sweeney falls upon it. Sweeney magics Gungnir into the Otherworld hoard where he keeps his coins, so Wednesday can never reach it.
#8 "Moon Shadow" - April 28, 2019
As Wednesday leaves the funeral home all alone, Laura reunites with Shadow. Despite her attempt to apologize for everything, Shadow brushes her off before telling her that Sweeney died, prompting Laura to decide to kill Wednesday. Meanwhile, Xie is able to help Technical Boy to rebirth as Quantum Boy, who uploads massive digital information to Mr. World and New Media. The latter starts manipulating the media to falsely accuse Shadow, Wednesday and Salim of being terrorists, creating general chaos and fear. As the police come to arrest them at the funeral home, Shadow tries to escape but he is absorbed by Yggdrasil. He learns that Wednesday is his father, making him a demi-god; he unwittingly uses his powers to cancel New Media's manipulations, making the news crews and police disappear. The Jinn leaves with Salim to protect him. Laura walks away with Sweeney's body over her shoulder. Shadow heads north on a bus, alone; when stopped by police, he pulls out his I.D. and is surprised to find he has a new identity.
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