Fans of STARZ‘s American Gods were blessed with a double dose of good news: first, that the Neil Gaiman adaptation has been renewed for a third season; and that Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Walking Dead, Hemlock Grove, Dexter) will be coming aboard as executive producer and showrunner. Eglee is the third showrunner in as many seasons for the series, with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green sharing responsibilities on the first season and Jesse Alexander steering American Gods through its second season.
“I’m thrilled ‘American Gods’ has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee. Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory. Thank you to Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter.”
– Neil Gaiman, Author/Executive Producer
Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for STARZ, believes that with Eglee’s leadership and “the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”
We were forged in God’s image, but the Gods are also made in ours — and in Season Two the battle moves inexorably toward crisis point as the destinies of gods and men collide. While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in Season One, Shadow throws in his lot with Wednesday’s attempt to convince the Old Gods of the case for full-out war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow.
A council at the House on the Rock explodes into chaos, sending deities both Old and New on quests across America that will converge on Cairo, Illinois: forcing Shadow to carve out a place as a believer in this strange new world of living gods — a dark world where change demands commitment, and faith requires terrible sacrifice.
American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, Peter Stormare, Sakina Jaffrey, Dean Winters, Devery Jacobs, Derek Theler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Christian Lloyd.
This season sees some some new players enter the game, one who will definitely complicate Shadow’s journey of self and spiritual discovery:
Winters’ brutally efficient and precise Mr. Town is tasked by Mr. World to learn what Shadow knows about Wednesday’s plan.
First Nations actor Jacobs is college student Sam Black Crow: a spiritually cynical young woman who lives her life with fierce confidence and openness, selling her chainsaw art by the roadside for extra money.
Kim’s New Media is the goddess of global content: a cyberspace chameleon who’s also a master manipulator.
Jaffrey’s Hindu war goddess Mama-Ji: a waitress at the Motel America, her necklace of skulls, acerbic wit and free spirit make her a match for any mighty god or man.
For those of you who need a refresher course on the first season of American Gods, two options: a down-n-dirty 3 minute recap, or a slightly longer deep-dive into the overall story and mythology:
American Gods season 2 airs on STARZ on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.