After what feels like an eternity, the end is nigh; the small-screen adaptation of American Gods is just around the corner and the deities of old and new are about to go head-to-head. So what better time to brush up on the convoluted narrative that is Neil Gaiman's fictional masterpiece?
Luckily for you, we've whacked all the information here — a one-stop-shop that covers everything you will ever need to know about Starz's re-imagining of American Gods, from which goddess swallows men whole via her vagina, to which (of the billion) fan theories are worth your attention. We'll also update this page regularly once the show kicks off, so keep coming back for the latest!
'American Gods' Trailer
We've been treated not to just one American Gods trailer, but two. The first dropped at San Diego Comic Con last July:
The second American Gods trailer, which premiered during SXSW 2017, revealed a closer look at godly creatures who'll soon be dominating your TV screens:
'American Gods' Premier Date
American Gods Premiere Date in the US: Sunday, April 30 at 9/8c.
'American Gods' Season 1 Plot
Despite being published in 2001, the themes within Neil Gaiman's American Gods are as applicable now as ever, taking age-old mythology — gods of numerous cultures (of war, love, of night and chaos, the dead) — and pitting them against New-Age gods, ones who represent a culture we now worship: one obsessed with technology, media and globalization.
The official American Gods Season 1 plot is as follows:
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' Season 1 Cast & Characters
Hailing from shows such as The 100, Orange Is The New Black and X-Files, plus movies like Back to the Future and Pirates of the Caribbean, the American Gods cast is as epic as one would expect when embodying Gods of old and new.
Below is a quick rundown of the #americangodscast (click through this hashtag for more in-depth cast information) and Characters:
- Shadow Moon - Ricky Whittle
- Mr. Wednesday - Ian McShane
- Mad Sweeney - Pablo Schreiber
- Czernobog - Peter Stormare
- Zorya Vechernyaya - Cloris Leachman
- Low Key Lyesmith - Jonathan Tucker
- Bilquis - Yetide Badaki
- Mr. World - Crispin Glover
- Mr. Ibis - Demore Barnes
- Mr. Nancy - Mr. Nancy
- Laura Moon - Emily Browning
- Robbie - Dane Cook
- Media - Gillian Anderson
- Technical Boy - Bruce Langley
- The Jinn - Mousa Kraish
- Mr. Jacquel - Chris Obi
- Salim - Omid Abtahi
Where To Watch 'American Gods' Season 1 Online
So, where to watch American Gods Season 1 Online? The show airs on Starz on April 30th, and a day later will be available to stream online via Amazon Prime in the UK.