Shadow Moon flees to a small city in Wisconsin to flee the continued warfare between the Previous Gods and the New Gods within the full trailer for the upcoming third season of American Gods. The visually putting (if narratively uneven) Starz collection is customized from the novel of the identical identify by Neil Gaiman.
(Some spoilers for first two seasons under.)
In season one, not too long ago launched convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) falls in with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as his bodyguard after dropping his spouse, Laura (Emily Browning). However Mr. Wednesday isn’t who he appears. He is truly the traditional Norse god Odin, looking for to rally all of the remaining Previous Gods, who’re slowly dying off from folks’s lack of perception. Their mission: beat again the encroaching affect of all of the New Gods to allow them to survive. The New Gods are led by Mr. World (often performed by Crispin Glover, though he has many incarnations), i.e., globalization, and embody Technical Boy (Bruce Langley)—reincarnated as Quantum Boy in S2—and Media (Gillian Anderson), reimagined as New Media (Kahyun Kim) in S2 when Anderson left the collection.
The primary season lined roughly the primary third of Gaiman’s novel, culminating in a gathering of the gods on the dwelling of the goddess Easter (Kristin Chenoweth), who inflicted widespread drought on Earth as Mr. Wednesday revealed his true identification. S2 largely lined the second third of the e-book, because the battle between the Previous Gods and the New Gods heated up in earnest, with casualties on each side.
Frankly, the second season of American Gods was significantly weaker than the primary—primarily because of a serious showrunner shake-up and behind-the-scenes drama—though the seventh episode, “Treasure of the Solar” was among the many collection’ greatest (it is certainly one of Gaiman’s favorites, too). It gave us extra of Mad Sweeney’s (Pablo Schreiber) backstory and ended with him being speared on Mr. Wednesday’s reforged sword, Gungnir.
However earlier than he died, the wily leprechaun magicked the sword into his Otherworld hoard the place Wednesday could not retrieve it. Laura, who had bonded with Sweeney, swore to kill Mr. Wednesday in revenge, and took Sweeney’s physique along with her when she left. Shadow finally discovers he’s truly Mr. Wednesday’s son, and a demigod, and ends the season by taking a bus headed north, with a mysterious new identification to defend him from the machinations of the New Gods.
Gaiman confirmed on the 2018 New York Comedian Con that S3 would cowl the final third of the e-book, though he hinted final 12 months of a deliberate fourth season. So it is potential the ten-episode third season may not wrap up the e-book’s conclusion—or maybe Gaiman has concepts for shifting past the e-book along with his new showrunner, Charles “Stylish” Eglee (The Strolling Useless). Per the official S3 premise:
American Gods is the epic story of an inevitable warfare constructing between the Previous Gods of mythology and our New Gods of expertise. Ricky Whittle stars as ex-con Shadow Moon, a person pulled into the service of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, performed by Ian McShane—solely to find that not solely is his charismatic however un-trustable boss truly the Norse All-Father god Odin, he’s additionally…Shadow’s father. In S3, Shadow angrily pushes this obvious future away, and settles within the idyllic snowy city of Lakeside, Wisconsin to make his personal path, guided by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas. However he’ll quickly uncover that this city’s nonetheless waters run deep, and darkish, and bloody, and that you just don’t get to easily reject being a god. The one alternative—and a alternative it’s important to make—is what sort of god you’re going to be.
There’s been some shakeups within the casting this season. Clearly Mad Sweeney is not any extra, however Iwan Rheon (greatest often known as the sadistic Ramsey Bolton on Recreation of Thrones) will play one other leprechaun who will doubtless be a part of up with Laura, primarily based on the brand new trailer. Orlando Jones, who performed Mr. Nancy, aka the Ghanian trickster god Anansi, was fiercely outspoken about his displeasure at being fired from the present, accusing Eglee of slicing out his character as a result of Eglee felt it was the “improper message for America.” (A collection spokesman denied the allegation and mentioned the casting change was because of Mr. Nancy not being featured within the portion of the novel being lined by S3.)
Mousa Kraish, who performed the fiery-eyed homosexual Jinn, can also be not returning for S3, though Omid Abtahi, who performed the Jinn’s lover, Salim, stays a collection common. Different new solid members embody Blythe Danner as Demeter, Greek goddess of the harvest, who has a previous romantic historical past with Wednesday; Herizen Guardiola as Oshun, Yoruban goddess of affection and fertility; Marilyn Manson as a former “berserker,” now lead singer with a Viking loss of life steel band; Julia Sweeney because the self-appointed mayor of Lakeside; Eric Johnson as Lakeside’s chief of police; Lela Loren as a neighborhood Lakeside reporter; Dominique Jackson as a feminine incarnation of Mr. World; and Danny Trejo as yet one more incarnation of Mr. Phrase. (Globalization has many faces.)
American Gods S3 debuts on Starz on January 10, 2021.
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