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 #AmericanGods, 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' News & Rumors
Update 03/24/17: From 'Tits And Dragons' To 'Gods And White Buffaloes': Ian McShane Talks American Gods
Ian McShane isn't one to keep his opinions to himself, as his infamous description of Game of Thrones proved when dubbing the fantasy drama "tits and dragons' — so naturally fans were concerned that his description of American Gods — another #fantasy series — would be just as scathing. Thankfully, it's not. Though it is typically short, kind of sweet, and hits the nail on the head:
“What can I say about this show? This is about gods and white buffaloes.”
Well, what more do you need?
If you've been watching the American Gods trailers hoping to catch a glimpse of Gillian Anderson's role as Media and been left disappointed, showrunner Bryan Fuller has your back. Check out a sneak peek of your new #TV obsession — a.k.a the New God of Media — via the link below:
American Gods Creator Neil Gaiman Slams Trump While Discussing The Relevancy Of TV Series
Anyone familiar with American Gods will know that at its core, it's a tale of immigration and the process of finding a place in a new homeland — namely, America. And considering the 45th president's stance on immigration, the eight-part series is more relevant than ever. Gaiman tells Express.co.uk:
“I am, and 'American Gods' particularly in this age of Trump, appears to say huge important things ... It’s a novel about immigration and a novel about people coming to America and bringing their gods and their culture with them."
“Suddenly we are making a TV show which has a gay, islamic genie in it and what happens to the black people coming across to America as slaves, and it's huge and contentious and strange."
Brand New American Gods Trailer Just Landed And It's BOLD AF!
As if you couldn't be any more excited for American Gods after their glorious reception at #SXSW, the guys at Starz have only gone and blown every expectation you had straight out of the water. This new #trailer is not only bloody as hell, but it gives you a clearer look at the deities who will soon be dominating your TV set. Plus there's a buffalo with fire coming out of its eyes — what the f**k more could you want?
As previously mentioned, American Gods premiered its pilot episode at SXSW this year and the reviews are out of this world. Bask in their glory and get yourself hyped via the link below:
- American Gods': SXSW Reviews Are In And It's Looking Divine
- 'American Gods' Showrunners Talk Deities, Vagina Deaths & Bangin' Beats
- What The Bilfuq: The 'American Gods' Pilot Episode Is Going To Feature That Infamously Insane Sex Scene
- NSFW: Read The Most Insane 'American Gods' Scene That Will Definitely Feature In The TV Show
- Vulcan: Brand New 'American Gods' Character Sounds Like A Blast
'American Gods' Premier Date
American Gods Premiere date: Sunday, April 30 at 9/8c.
'American Gods' Trailer
Below you'll find the American Gods trailer, which dropped at San Diego Comic-Con last July. In it we get our first glimpse at the characters who'll embody the Gods of old and new, plus the faces who're soon to be part of a TV show that has the potential to rival the epic, fantastical heights of Game of Thrones:
Also, for those eager beavers among you who need to learn about the inspirational origins of Gaiman's novel, he's going to be making a documentary all about it — a sneak peek of which you can watch below:
'American Gods' Previews & Promos
A.k.a. Your one-stop-shop for all American Gods previews and promos — whether that be awesome concept artwork (like the one below), or mini-trailers and Instagram posts.
The following mini-trailers can be found on American Gods Instagram account, which you should start following immediately.
'American Gods' 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 American Gods plot is complex, convoluted, brilliant and extensive. Starz's first season will focus on the first third of Gaiman's novel, with the author providing more material to further beef-out the narrative — the synopsis of which you will find below:
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.
Yet, as mentioned above, the outline for Season 1 just about scratches the surface of the narrative wealth this fantastic book — which has been repeatedly hailed as one of the finest works of modern literature — has to offer. So, if you want juicier details on the more crazy scenes within the novel — ones that Starz will hopefully incorporate into the show at some stage — keep scrolling to our spoilers section below.
'American Gods' Characters & Cast
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 American Gods characters and cast:
- 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
For an in-depth investigation, or a who's-who, of both cast and characters, click through the link below:
'American Gods' Spoilers & Fan Theories
This will soon be your one-stop-shop for all plot American Gods spoilers and fan theories (of which there will undoubtably be many as — to Mr. Wednesday's dismay — this is the Internet Age, after all).
Where To Watch 'American Gods' Online
So, where can you actually watch American Gods online? If don't have access to Starz, fear not — #AmazonPrime has your back, which means viewers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan will be able to get in on the ungodly action, too!
Keep coming back to this page to stay up-to-date with all the latest on American Gods once it starts its reign over on Starz — for the more followers we have, the more likely we are to stay alive.