Considering that American Gods protagonist Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle) spends a vast amount of Neil Gaiman's novel trying to work out WTF is going down in this newfound reality of his — wandering around America with a bunch of Gods masquerading as men — it makes total sense that the show's credit sequence feels like an acid trip from hell.
In the neon sequence, which you can watch below, traditional symbols of religion are morphed into the stuff of nightmares, with a huge golden, glowing eyed Buddha throwing pills into your retinas and a mic'd up Menorah spying on your dreams. Take a peek for yourself:
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The official #AmericanGods 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.
Can April 30th — the show's release date — come sooner, please?