American Gods Recap: Let Shadow Moon Make You a True Believer

If you're a fan of American Gods, then you have to be excited by the vibes that are out there. First, STARZ's series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's modern classic will be taking part in New York Comic Con x Metaverse next month to offer some details on the third season. Then we started seeing the series and the cast's social media accounts getting a bit more "active" than usual. Following that, we were treated to new key art that teased the Lakeside action still to come (and some "never turning back" symbolism in that broken diner sign). On Monday, we got our most obvious clue yet: a recap of the first two seasons. It's a great way to get the fanbase thinking Amerian Gods again, especially before you're about to reveal a premiere date and teaser/trailer.

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A look at American Gods Season 2 (Image: STARZ)

But until that happens, spend the next six minutes or so with Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as he recaps the first two seasons- and makes you a true believer, too:

STARZ's American Gods season 3 follows Shadow as he attempts to break away and assert himself as his own man, setting down roots in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, WI, where he'll uncover a dark secret while exploring questions of his own divinity. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow must decide exactly who he is: a god seeking veneration or a man in service of the "we."

Based on author/executive producer Neil Gaiman's novel and with Charles H. Eglee serving as showrunner, the series stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, Peter Stormare, Sakina Jaffrey, Dean Winters, Devery Jacobs, Kahyun Kim, Derek Theler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Christian Lloyd. Joining them for the third season are Blythe Danner, Ashley Reyes, Herizen Guardiola, Eric Johnson, Dominique Jackson, Crispin Glover, Danny Trejo, Marilyn Manson, Lela Loren, Julia Sweeney, Wale, and Iwan Rheon.

Danner's Demeter is the Greek goddess of the harvest and a god with an unresolved romantic history with Mr. Wednesday. Reyes' Cordelia is a whip-smart but rebellious college dropout facing mounting legal bills and student debt before Mr. Wednesday arrived in her life. Now, she road trips across the country meeting her boss' eccentric friends and helping him with "tech stuff," unaware she's caught up in a divine battle for the soul of America. Guardiola's Oshun is the Yoruban goddess of love, purity, fertility who uplifted and empowered the enslaved people who built America. While known as the maintainer of balance, and the mother of sweetness, Oshun is formidable and known for her spiritual strength. Johnson's Chad Mulligan is Lakeside's Chief of Police, who spends his days mediating disputes between townsfolk he's known his whole life until a local teenage girl goes missing, igniting a panic of paranoia and blame that threatens to tear Chad's beloved town apart.

American Gods season 3 (Image: STARZ)
American Gods season 3 (Image: STARZ)

Jackson's Ms. World is an incarnation of Glover's Mr. World (with Trejo set to play another version this season), who is looking to control destiny with a mysterious new piece of technology that, if brought online, will have the power to dominate humanity's attention. And in this modern age, attention is worship. Manson's Johan Wengren is the bloodthirsty frontman for Viking death metal band Blood Death. Wengren and the band play an important role in Mr. Wednesday's war against the new gods.

American Gods season 3 (Image: STARZ)
American Gods season 3 (Image: STARZ)

Loren's Marguerite Olsen is a trusted reporter for the local paper, a committed single mother of two, and a no-nonsense property manager. Sweeney's Ann-Marie Hinzelmann is the disarmingly warm one-woman welcome wagon for Shadow when he arrives at Lakeside. She's the owner of a small convenience store, a world-famous fishing lure artisan, and the unofficial self-appointed mayor. Wale's Chango is one of the Orishas, the gods of Shadow's ancestors, guiding him on this journey. Rheon's Doyle is a charming, good-natured leprechaun who once embraced his stereotypical Lucky Charms-St. Paddy's Day image but now finds himself on a path to a more dignified and honorable life.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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