While normally we're out scouring the pop culture social media waste land looking for any and evey bit of news we can find on the shows we love but are in their off-seasons (wrote that in one breath), we needed to take a break to share some interesting stuff with fans of Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods about the upcoming second season.
This time, we think you're really going to thank us because we've got: Ricky Whittle tweeting out a very cool cast dinner pic – and a clue as to when we can expect more American Gods; an update from Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik on the season 2 episodes the network's seen – and they really like them; how to catch a very unexpected sneak preview of season 2, courtesy (???) of Mousa Kraish; and an interesting overview of the upcoming season.
So while it warms our hearts (we're Gallifreyan) to see our friends at American Gods getting along on set, we'd be remiss if we didn't turn our attention to the part at the end: "early 2019." Hmmm…thinking January 2019-April 2019, because after that it really becomes "mid 2019" unless Whittle doesn't play that "mid" game.
— Ricky Whittle (@MrRickyWhittle) August 23, 2018
Ahhh love my #AmericanGods fam🙌🏾🎥 a cast that plays together stays together! Season2 coming at ya early 2019🔥🙌🏾
One of the perks of being Starz's programming president is being able to see episodes of cool shows fresh out of the oven – and Zlotnik told IndieWire that the network really likes the episodes they've seen so far: "They look fantastic. It's very safe to say we will follow the tradition of Season 1 and produce some mindblowing television."
Zlotnik also shaed that new showrunner Jesse Alexander (Star Trek: Discovery, Hannibal) has been working closely with American Gods author and executive producer Gaiman:
"Neil is very involved, he's intrinsically involved. Jesse Alexander probably talks to him every day, and we talk to him frequently. He has other responsibilities and another show he's doing, but Neil Gaiman is the heart and soul of 'American Gods,' so I can't imagine there's a version where he's not involved."
As for the look and feel of the new episodes, Zlotnick believes that fans of the first season will like what they see: "Jesse has worked with Bryan, and I feel like we're still in the Bryan Fuller school because Jesse was trained by Bryan and probably holds a lot of his DNA."
As for that "very unexpected" sneak preview of the second season? All you have to do is follow Kraish on Instagram, wait for the approval, and then check it out. But fair warning: things are looking a little rough for Laura Moon next season…
The battle between Old Gods and New Gods continues to brew as we join Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) just a few short hours after his declaration of war and the epic showdown that ensued at Easter's party. While Mr. World plans revenge for Wednesday's attack and Technical Boy searches for Media, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with Shadow (Ricky Whittle).
Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow, Shadow begins to understand this strange world of the gods and carve out a place in it as a believer, but it is far from a straight path. Change requires sacrifice, and when things don't go as planned at the House on the Rock, both Old and New Gods, and those they meet along the way, find themselves on journeys across America — all destined for a climactic showdown in Cairo, Illinois.