"American Gods" & "The Boys": The Lemur That Brought Them Together

For a show about the growing war between the old gods and news gods, you would think fans wouldn't be too thrilled with things being "quiet" or "dull" or "boring" – but STARZ's American Gods had a bit of a bumpy ride heading into its second season. But after a return that gave the series a gritty, ensemble feel – with a season finale that literally (no joke) had us on the edge of our seats (even though we generally knew how it was going to end) – things are looking good heading into production on Season 3 (more on that below).

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While we usually report casting news or a comment from someone connected with the show who has something interesting to say about the upcoming season, this time? It's a look at what goes on behind the scenes – and how sometimes the shows we love are a little more connected than we like to think.

Case-in-point? The American Gods writers' room, who tweeted out an actually very cool and righteously sweet story of how worshipping false idols and the lemur bonded the team with the writers working on the second season of Amazon Prime's The Boys. The tale begins with a note of appreciation from The Boys, and then takes us back to where the "lemur lovefest" all began:

Something for both Butcher's Boys and Homelander's The Seven to keep in mind? The lure of the lemur had gone global…

Just how good are things looking for the series' return? Well, don't take it from us – take it from series star Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), who took time out from promoting the blu-ray+digital release of American Gods season 2 (which you can purchase here, ahead of its August 20 release) to offer his thoughts to Bleeding Cool on what fans can expect (with our full interview also heading your way).

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Confirming that he begins work on the series at the end of September, Whittle discusses the "incredible stories" being told in the episode scripts he's seen so far, observing the Writers' Room, how this season's Shadow will be different from the man we've seen so far, and why he stands behind this line: "For me, season 3 is going to be – by far – the best season yet."

Rockstar/actor Marilyn Manson (Sons of Anarchy) will be joining the new and old gods for the third season in a four-episode stint. Manson is set to play Johan Wengren, the bloodthirsty front man for Viking death metal band Blood Death. Wengren and the band play an important role in Mr. Wednesday's (Ian McShane) war against the new gods.

"As a long-time admirer of his estimable talent as an author, artist, musician, and actor, it is dope indeed to be working with Mr. Manson in Season 3 of American Gods. Bringing his specific energy, wit, and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil-Gaiman to the role of Johan, a Norse 'berserker' in service to Odin, his performance promises to be disturbing, original, and uniquely entertaining."

– Chic Eglee, Showrunner

Speaking during the cable network's Television Critics Association (TCA) press event at the end of July, STARZ COO Jeffrey Hirsch proved he was also on board the American Gods "love train," noting that scripts for the upcoming season of the Neil Gaiman adaptation were already coming in and that new showrunner Charles "Chic" Eglee (The Walking Dead) was already making his mark on the series:

"Chic is doing a tremendous job on Season 3. We are feeling good about it. What I can speak to is that Season 3, based on what he is bringing to the table with scripts, it's coming on really well. I think anytime you bring on a new showrunner they bring on their own experience and that's what we're seeing."

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.

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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.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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