American Gods

It’s hard to believe, but Starz’s ‘American Gods’, based on the novel by comic book guru Neil Gaiman, has never had a panel at a major convention.  That changes this autumn when Gaiman and the stars of the series make their con debut at New York Comic Con.  The ‘American Gods’ panel will be held on Friday October 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center and Gaiman and the cast will be present to tease fans about what they can expect from the second season.

For fans, it’s been a long, tense wait for new episodes.  The first batch ended on a cliffhanger, which wasn’t in the original novel.  Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) with the help of Easter (Kristin Chenoweth) essentially declared war on the new gods, headed up by Mr. World (Crispin Glover).  But the true drama took place behind the scenes as showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departed after clashing with Starz over the creative direction of the show and financing.  Then, Gillian Anderson, who’d played a rather important recurring character in the first season, Media, the new goddess of… er, the media, announced she would also not return for a second season.  But rather than recast Anderson’s role, ‘American Gods’ will instead replace Media with a new character, New Media, portrayed by Kahyun Kim.  The series has also picked up a new showrunner in Jesse Alexander, who previously worked on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Alias’ and ‘Lost’.  It would appear that things have settled down and production of the second season resumed in April.

The rest of the cast, McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, and Pablo Schreiber are expected to return.  Chenoweth, whose character was a guest star, is unsure if she will return, but we can hope.  In addition to Kim, Dean Winters joins as Mr. Town, a lackey of Mr. World, Devery Jacobs will portray college student Sam Black Crow and Sakina Jaffrey will portray Mama-Ji, previously known as Kali, the old Hindu goddess of death and liberation.

The release date for the second season hasn’t been announced.  The first season launched in April of 2017, so perhaps we can expect a spring 2019 kick off for the second.

Source: Screen Rant