By the time the final credits rolled on last week's second-season premiere of STARZ's American Gods, some very real "first shots" were fired in the now very real war between Old Gods and New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is now in the hands of Mr. World, while Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) deals with the fallout from the loss of an Old God… and an old friend.
While gods of old struggle to remain relevant in an age of diminishing faith, they see an upstart legion of new gods personifying the modern world's lust for money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Actions have escalated past any point of return – and that was only the first battle in a growing war.
But if you're going to go to war, you're going to need warriors by your side… or in this case, gods. So as you'll see in the following two previews for this week's episode "The Beguiling Man," it's time for Wednesday to go on a recruitment drive and make his pitch to Sakina Jaffrey's Hindu war goddess Mama-Ji… personally.
Meanwhile, Laura's (Emily Browning) out looking for her Shadow – with Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) in tow…
Here's a look at what's ahead for Shadow in this week's episode of STARZ's American Gods, "The Beguiling":
American Gods s02e02 "The Beguiling Man": Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old god, Mr. Wednesday begins preparation for a great battle; Laura and Mad Sweeney chase Shadow's diminishing light after he disappears.
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.