I have been a Neil Gaiman fan for almost half of my life. I’ve read and watched Stardust and Coraline more times than I can count, and I have been eagerly waiting for the adaptation of Good Omens with David Tennant and Michael Sheen (2019, Amazon Prime and BBC). This means that on April 30th, 2017, when American Gods season one premiered, I was all over it. I have watched season one at least twice all the way through, and I have waited for season two since mid-way through season one.
So I am incredibly happy that season two is now in production.
Starz has recently released a video showing Shadow Moon and co. on set at The House on the Rock with Neil Gaiman. The best part of this video? Gaiman claims that things are going to get darker and scarier. The other best part of this video? Season two is coming in 2019. To some that might seem like a really long time, but I, personally, am fine with waiting. I want them to have the time to continue to do justice to the source material, as they started with the first season.
All that aside, I have so many questions that I want/need answered by this new season and I’m sure you do, too. And these questions, I fear, can’t be answered by a simple re-read of the book because the show is already giving me more than was in the text.
Warning: this post contains spoilers for season one of American Gods. If you haven’t watched that yet, I highly recommend you stop reading here and go watch it.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the aforementioned video:
And now here are my main questions:
First and foremost, will the show pick up right after Easter/Ostara took away Spring? This was the last big thing we saw in season one and I am curious to see the ramifications of her actions. After all, how can the people appease her and get Spring back if they have forgotten her almost entirely? It isn’t necessary to the plot, and with Chenoweth uncertain that her character will be returning, it is unlikely that we’ll get to see her returned to a fully powered goddess. But I would still like to see some reactions across the world as everything stops blooming and starts withering away. And if they don’t start right where they left us, then where will we be when the story resumes?
Next: Will Laura get Shadow to return to his doubts about Wednesday? He was finally starting to believe, if not trust, his mysterious new employer and now his wife is here and she knows some things that could destroy all of that. Dead and reanimated, redeemed or not, Laura is still important to (and still loved by?) Shadow and finding out that she was killed so that he would work for Wednesday is a potential dealbreaker. I mean, going along with bank robberies and building an army are one thing, but working with your wife’s murderer? And finding out said murder was committed to manipulate you into your current position? I think that may be too much for our recently freed convict and his newfound faith in the old gods and the new.
And, finally: What of Mad Sweeney? We were beginning to see his guilt over his previous actions and his desire to right past wrongs. Will this newfound good-guy behavior further derail Wednesday’s plan? Or is this just a one-off and he’ll be back to being a lovable bastard now that he’s brought Laura to Easter and Shadow? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy lovable bastard (I mean, it wouldn’t be lovable if I didn’t, right?) but it is nice to see some character growth and a few hints that his conscience exists.
Season two will hopefully answer some of these questions, in addition to ones I didn’t even know I had.
With new showrunner, Jesse Alexander, taking over for Bryan Fuller and Gaiman still on-board, I have no doubt that the show will continue to be as good as the first season. What I do doubt is my ability to make it to 2019 without this show, or any other new Gaiman material.
I guess I’ll just have to watch season one…again.