American Gods Season 3 Offers First Look at Julia Sweeney's Hinzelmann

Just when you thought STARZ's American Gods had wrapped up the reveals after debuting the first teaser for the third season after series creator/author, Neil Gaiman and cast members Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Tech Boy), Omid Abtahi (Salim), and Ashley Reyes (Cordelia) offered some intel on what viewers can expect, we have Julia Sweeney's birth to thank for one more bit of news. To celebrate the actress/comedian's special day, the series shared via its social media accounts a first look at Sweeney's Ann-Marie Hinzelmann, 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.

American Gods is wishing Julia Sweeney a happy birthday with a first look at her portrayal of Hinzelmann. (Image: STARZ)
American Gods is wishing Julia Sweeney a happy birthday with a first look at her portrayal of Hinzelmann. (Image: STARZ)

Here's your first look at the return of American Gods, set to hit our eyeballs in "Early 2021" (a premiere date was the other thing we were hoping for but we're not greedy):

"American Gods" is the epic story of an inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and our New Gods of technology. Whittle stars as ex-con Shadow Moon, a man pulled into the service of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane ("Deadwood", John Wick) — only to discover that not only is his charismatic but un-trustable boss actually the Norse All-Father god Odin, he's also…Shadow's father.

In Season 3 Shadow angrily pushes this apparent destiny away, and settles in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — to make his own path, guided by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas. But he'll soon discover that this town's still waters run deep, and dark, and bloody, and that you don't get to simply reject being a god. The only choice — and a choice you have to make — is what kind of god you're going to be.

American Gods preview images. (Image: STARZ)
American Gods preview images. (Image: STARZ)

STARZ's American Gods also stars Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr. World, Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys, Waco) as Mr. Ibis, Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, The Order) as Sam Black Crow, Blythe Danner (Huff, Will & Grace) as Demeter, Marilyn Manson (Salem, Sons of Anarchy) as Johan Wengren, Julia Sweeney (Shrill, Saturday Night Live) as Hinzelmann, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, InHumans) as Liam Doyle, Danny Trejo (Machete) as Mr. World, Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break) as Czernobog, Denis O'Hare (True Blood, Dallas Buyers Club) as Tyr, Lela Loren (Power, Altered Carbon) as Marguerite, Dominique Jackson (Pose) as Ms. World, Wale (American Honey, Godfather of Harlem) as Chango, Herizen Guardiola (The Get Down) as Oshun, and Eric Johnson (The Girlfriend Experience, Vikings) as Chad Mulligan.

American Gods preview images. (Image: STARZ)
American Gods preview images. (Image: STARZ)

Produced by Fremantle with Executive Producer Charles H. Eglee serving as Showrunner, alongside Executive Producers Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, Ian McShane, Craig Cegielski, and Stefanie Berk, American Gods returns for its third season in early 2021 on STARZ.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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