American Gods: Yetide Badaki on "Intimate" Bilquis/Shadow Connection

With the third season of the war between the new gods and old gods resumes on January 10, 2021, it will be doing so without Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle). Mr. Wednesday's (Ian McShane) chip off the old block is heading to Lakeside to start a new life and leave the past behind. But being a god isn't something you can just shrug off, and soon Shadow realizes that the only choice he gets to make is the kind of god he's going to be. One person who will be playing an important role when STARZ's adaptation of author and executive producer Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods returns is Bilquis (Yetide Badaki)- who also happens to be the next focus of the season's character profiles.

American Gods spotlights Bilquis' season 3 journey (Image: STARZ).
American Gods spotlights Bilquis' season 3 journey (Image: STARZ).

So for at what lies ahead for Bilquis (scenes the American Gods Twitter account said this about: "There's so much I can't tell you about what's actually happening in these clips!")- including how the season will be one of self-discovery for Bilquis where viewers will learn more about the "intimate" connection between Bilquis and Shadow- check out the clip below:

 

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"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 Three, 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 season 3 (Image: STARZ)
American Gods season 3 (Image: STARZ)

STARZ'S American Gods stars Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) as 'Shadow Moon,' Ian McShane (Deadwood, Ray Donovan) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Affair) as Laura Moon, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius, This Is Us) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Omid Abtahi (The Mandalorian, Damien) as Salim, Ashley Reyes (Night Has Settled) as Cordelia, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as World, Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys, Waco) as Mr. Ibis, Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, The Order) as Sam Black Crow, and Blythe Danner (Huff, Will & Grace) as Demeter.

The series also stars 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 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 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 released key art to coincide with its return date anouncement. (Image: STARZ)
American Gods released key art to coincide with its return date announcement. (Image: STARZ)

Produced by Fremantle with Executive Producer Charles H. Eglee serving as Showrunner, alongside Executive Producers Neil Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, Ian McShane, Craig Cegielski, and Stefanie Berk, American Gods returns for its third season on Sunday, January 10, 2021, to 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.