The literal first shots were fired in the now very real war between Old Gods and New Gods in the second season premiere of STARZ's American 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.
And that was just the first episode…
With the gods of old struggling to remain relevant in an age of diminishing faith, they see an upstart legion of new gods who personify the modern world's lust for money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Actions have taken things past any point of return – and as we can see from the following season trailer, one battle does not this war make:
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.
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 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.