With the Blu-ray and DVD release of American Gods' first season happening this week and production on the Starz fantasy-drama series' Season 2 expected to get underway in January, executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green made the interview rounds to offer some insight into what fans can expect when the series returns next year.
Sitting down with Nerdist, Fuller and Green covered a number of topics including:
● Green expects fans to be as excited for the House on the Rock as they are – well, maybe not as much as Fuller:
"I'm not sure I've ever seen Bryan as happy as when we were walking through [the House on the Rock]. It's unlike any other place I've ever been to; it is a wonderful amalgamation of kitsch, camp, and curiosity. It's my favorite place on the continent."
● Fuller took full advantage of the opportunities that television afforded him to expand on female characters in ways that the book wouldn't be able to:
"For us, it was wanting to have a more balanced voice on the show. The book has a limited amount of page count in order to tell its story, and if the female characters were fleshed out in a way that Shadow and Wednesday were fleshed out, it would be quite the tone. Neil didn't have the real estate, and we did as a TV series. Michael and I both love writing for women, and exploring female characters. It just felt like it was absolutely necessary, and there wasn't ever any choice in the matter."
● To that end, the idea of expanding Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) and Easter (Kristin Chenoweth) was one of the very first conversations Green and Fuller had with American Gods author Neil Gaiman:
"It went to our first conversations with Neil, the idea that this series was going to take a book we love and accordion it out. We asked him, 'What do you think about expanding those two roles, especially, being in the beginning?' and his eyes lit up with interest, because those are characters he wanted to do more with himself, but he couldn't as a first-time novelist [note: American Gods wasn't Gaiman's first novel] that was already writing a book that was probably frustratingly too long for his editors."
● Green has found working on now two seasons of American Gods to be an incredibly geeky experience in all of the best ways possible:
"It dissolves it in the best way possible. We get to walk into the toy store, play with any toys we want, leave a mess on the floor and keep playing, and never have to clean up. It's challenging in actualizing it [but] those challenges were always fun because we were building our LEGO houses more and more intricately."
● Now that the show's set its foundation during its initial eight-episode season, Fuller is urging fans to brace themselves for a Season 2 that's going to "move":
"The second season has so much more energy and drive than the first season, because we spent eight episodes trying to establish a vocabulary, not only for the audience, but for Shadow Moon to understand the world that he's been plunged into. We ended that season with an awareness that gives us the opportunity to go further and dig deeper for these character stories now that everybody's on the same page. Now that everybody's on the same page, it's like jet fuel."