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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

[Credit: Starz]
[Credit: Starz]

Update 02/24/17: American Gods Season 1 Premiere Date Announced And New Artwork Revealed

Starz has confirmed that the first season of American Gods will drop on Sunday, April 30 at 9/8c, and has released some god damn (pun very much intended) awesome first-look key art to get us in the mood for feuds:

'American Gods' [Credit: Starz]
'American Gods' [Credit: Starz]

How excited are you for this?!

Neil Gaiman: American Gods Adaptation Is 'Really Impressive'

'American Gods' [Credit: Starz]
'American Gods' [Credit: Starz]

Talking to the Wall Street Journal, Neil Gaiman professed his enthusiasm for Starz's upcoming adaptation of American Gods, dubbing it an "absolute joy" to watch and a "really impressive" accomplishment.

Over the show's eight episodes it seems we'll be taking a slightly different journey from the one Shadow traversed in the novel; not only will we meet a new character, Vulcan, but many of the smaller nods in the book will receive the full-feature treatment. Episode 4, for example, will apparently delve into Shadow and Laura Moon's backstory: Here we'll see how they met and watch their relationship as it unfolds. Perhaps we'll also get a closer look at what Laura was up to while Shadow was behind bars — no, not that bit, you perve!

In other news:

'American Gods' Premier Date

Shadow Moon [Credit: Starz]
Shadow Moon [Credit: Starz]

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 this 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:

'American Gods' Previews & Promos

We're still waiting on follow-ups to the above American Gods promotional preview. The next installment is expected early 2017. Check back here for American Gods previews and promos soon!

'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.

American Gods - A Novel [Credit: William Morrow/Headline]
American Gods - A Novel [Credit: William Morrow/Headline]

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

[Credit: Starz]
[Credit: Starz]

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

[Credit: Starz]
[Credit: Starz]

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

[Credit: Starz]
[Credit: Starz]

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.