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American Gods Season 3: Yetide Badaki Confirms 10 Eps, Posts BTS Image
The third season of STARZ's American Gods has had a bit of a "bumpy" production ride over the past several months, with fans of the popular Neil Gaiman adaptation eager for some news (any news) on when the series will be making its return. Thankfully, series stars like Bruce Langley (Tech Boy), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), and Yetide Badaki (Bliquis) have been stepping up their "social media fu" to do double-duty as unofficial public relations folks. In fact, just last month Badaki posted a behind-the-scenes image that offered up the distinct impression that Bilquis will be taking flight this season (as well as a clip of her showing some love to late musical genius Prince via a "Let's Go Crazy"). Now, she's back on social media with a throwback image of one of the looks being considered for the tenth episode of the upcoming season. Two great things about that post: it gets our hopes up that we're getting more 70's era Bilquis this season, and she officially confirms that the season will be ten episodes (up from eight episodes for the second season).
STARZ's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods is bringing on a number of new faces for the upcoming season. Blythe Danner's Demeter is the Greek goddess of the harvest, and a god with an unresolved romantic history with Mr. Wednesday. Ashley Reyes' Cordelia is a whip-smart but rebellious college dropout facing mounting legal bills and student debt before Mr. Wednesday arrived in her life. Now, she road trips across the country meeting her boss' eccentric friends and helping him with "tech stuff," unaware she's caught up in a divine battle for the soul of America. Herizen Guardiola's Oshun is the Yoruban goddess of love, purity, fertility who uplifted and empowered the enslaved people who built America. While known as the maintainer of balance, and the mother of sweetness, Oshun is formidable and known for her spiritual strength. Eric Johnson's Chad Mulligan is Lakeside's Chief of Police, who spends his days mediating disputes between townsfolk he's known his whole life until a local teenage girl goes missing, igniting a panic of paranoia and blame that threatens to tear Chad's beloved town apart.
Dominique Jackson's Ms. World is an incarnation of Crispin Glover's Mr. World (with Danny Trejo set to play another version this season), who is looking to control destiny with a mysterious new piece of technology that, if brought online, will have the power to dominate humanity's attention. And in this modern age, attention is worship. Marilyn Manson's Johan Wengren is the bloodthirsty frontman for Viking death metal band Blood Death. Wengren and the band play an important role in Mr. Wednesday's war against the new gods. Lela Loren's Marguerite Olsen is a trusted reporter for the local paper, a committed single mother of two, and a no-nonsense property manager. Julia Sweeney's Ann-Marie Hinzelmann is 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. Wale's Chango is one of the Orishas, the gods of Shadow's ancestors, guiding him on this journey. Iwan Rheon's Doyle is a charming, good-natured leprechaun who once embraced his stereotypical Lucky Charms-St. Paddy's Day image but now finds himself on a path to a more dignified and honorable life.
STARZ's American Gods season 3 follows Shadow as he attempts to break away and assert himself as his own man, setting down roots in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, WI, where he'll uncover a dark secret while exploring questions of his own divinity. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow must decide exactly who he is: a god seeking veneration or a man in service of the "we." The series stars Whittle, Badaki, Langley, Glover, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, Peter Stormare, Sakina Jaffrey, Dean Winters, Devery Jacobs, Kahyun Kim, Derek Theler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Christian Lloyd.