With less than 24 hours to go before STARZ's American Gods "blesses" viewers' screens with its second-season return, the network is giving us another first-look at the season premiere, set for Sunday, March 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In the following preview for the Neil Gaiman adaptation, Shadow (Ricky Whittle) finds himself on a road trip to recruit more Old Gods for a throwdown with the New Gods. When you consider that his roadtrip includes his living dead wife Laura (Emily Browning), pissy leprechaun Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), and "Odin-Takes-The Wheel" himself, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), it's easy to understand why Shadow would have a problem figuring out just what to "Believe" anymore:
In case you forgot, STARZ was also nice enough to slide along this preview not that long ago:
American Gods s02e01 "House on the Rock": Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with Shadow, Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media. First stop: the House on the Rock, where Shadow is taken "backstage."
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.
American Gods has some new players in play this season 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, two options: a down-n-dirty 3 minute recap, or a slightly longer deep-dive into the overall story and mythology:
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 season 2 returns to STARZ beginning Sunday, March 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.