Last week's episode of STARZ's American Gods "Muninn" had the old and new gods (and their allies) back to rallying the troops and building up their arsenal for what feels like an inevitable war. As a number of the players in this godly game make their way to and from Mr. Ibis' (Demore Barnes) funeral home, it's the arrival of Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) that will prove the most enlightening – and darkly painful.
Engaging Mr. Ibis and Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) in a debate, she and Ibis are offered a piece of Nancy's mind when it comes to "peace" – and he ain't necessarily buying it – as you'll see in the following preview for this week's episode "The Greatest Story Ever Told":
American Gods s02e04 "The Greatest Story Ever Told": While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting in St. Louis, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis. Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney, and Tech Boy pays a visit to his first worshipper. Directed by Stacie Passon and written by Peter Calloway & Aditi Brennan Kapil.
American Gods has some new players in play this season who will definitely complicate Shadow's journey of self and spiritual discovery:
Dean Winters' brutally efficient and precise Mr. Town is tasked by Mr. World to learn what Shadow knows about Wednesday's plan.
First Nations actor Devery 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.
Kahyun Kim's New Media is the goddess of global content: a cyberspace chameleon who's also a master manipulator.
Sakina 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 still need a refresher course on the first season, two options: a down-n-dirty 3 minute recap, or a slightly longer deep-dive into the overall story and mythology:
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 season 2 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.
American Gods season 2 airs on STARZ on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.