When the end credits rolled on last week's STARZ American Gods episode "Treasure of the Sun," things were looking dire for the old gods. Mad Sweeney's (Pablo Schreiber) servitude to Wednesday came to an end – at the business end of Gungnir. But with Mad Sweeney being the Irish warrior god-king that he is/was/may never have been, he wasn't going out quietly: speaking truths about Wednesday (Ian McShane) to a now tormented Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and taking Wednesday's prized spear off the playing field. Meanwhile, Laura (Emily Browning) and Mama-Ji (Sakina Jaffrey) have a heart-to-heart over Laura's potential future as a destroyer – with Mama-Ji revealing her true self to drive her point home.
But none of that compares to what New Media (Kahyun Kim) has planned for them, with her power unleashed by Mr. World (Crispin Glover) in this week's season finale "Moon Shadow" – and Mr. World's not above using the power of fear and belief to launch a righteous offensive against Wednesday's team. In the following preview, Shadow learns all too well the kind of impact her power can have – and he's not waiting around to see what else happens:
So what exactly was it that got Shadow looking to shuffle off to Buffalo? Here's a look at what went down a few minutes before the above preview took place: in the following exclusive preview, New Media shows the now-abandoned-by-Wednesday old gods the meaning of "breaking news":
Now here's a look a look at the official preview for the season finale of STARZ's American Gods, "Moon Shadow":
American Gods Season 2, Episode 8 "Moon Shadow": In the aftermath of Sweeney's death, Wednesday has disappeared and Shadow is tormented; those that remain witness the power of New Media as she is unleashed; the nation is in a state of panic brought on by Mr. World.
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, Kahyun Kim, Derek Theler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Christian Lloyd.
The second-season finale of American Gods airs on STARZ this Sunday, April 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.