It’s been almost two months since the premiere date of American Gods was revealed. Now that the new season is upon us, it’s a great time to take a look at what the series is about and speculate on what will happen in the show, which is set to premiere tonight April 30, 9:00 p.m EST on Starz.
Based on the popular fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods relies heavily on mythology to explore the culture of America through the manifestation of gods. Through interludes and travels, Gaiman explores the transfer of beliefs and their impact on society and culture. As society and its people change, so too, do the gods.
From the gods of old including Odin and Loki to the gods of new, including those who live on society’s reliance on television and media, among other things, American Gods explores the shifts in power that come along with transformations in society. As belief in the old gods wanes, a power struggle ensues, leading to the events of American Gods.
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there… – Goodreads
In anticipation of Shadow’s upcoming journey in American Gods, here’s a list of things that we would like to see appear in the upcoming television series:
1. Roadside Attractions and Small Towns
American Gods is all about the journey. In fact, large portions of the novel are dedicated to details about the most seemingly mundane places and towns. Gaiman even provides us with town populations as Shadow and Wednesday travel through states to very specific locations.
As far as locations go, a few of the most important and detailed that should appear in American Gods include the House on the Rock, located in Spring Green, Wisconsin; Rock City, located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and the fictional town of Lakeside, Wisconsin.
It goes without saying that a television show that is based on a book that is about gods would need to include gods. However, Gaiman includes so many different and varying gods throughout American Gods that all serve a specific function throughout the novel that it would be a shame not to see a good portion of them in the television series. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to see as many characters as possible come to life?
Where the gods are concerned there are a number of different things that we would like to see appear in the adaptation. Not only would it be great to see the old gods such as: Easter, Anansi, Czernobog and the Zorya sisters, but we are also looking forward to seeing the new gods, including the Technical Boy (or the fat kid), Media and the Black Hats.
3. Coin Magic, Cons and Illusions
American Gods is very different from many of the other fantasy novels out there in that it doesn’t actually include magic as some otherworldly power made up of spells and enchantments. Magic does exist, however, in the form of elaborate coin tricks, illusions, and cons, many of which are written with incredible detail.
Although Gaiman provides us with the details behind Shadow’s ever present coin tricks, for those of us who don’t know magic tricks, it’s a little difficult to imagine some of more difficult coin tricks that Shadow performs throughout the novel. Due to the presence of magic throughout American Gods, the television series wouldn’t be complete without Shadow’s coin tricks.
4. Dreams and Interludes
Dreams and interludes that provide more details about Shadow’s life, as well as the presence of gods are a very important aspect of American Gods. Serving as a means of providing the reader with more details about the power of the gods and their origins, Gaiman uses interludes and dreams as a means of connecting the present with the past.
As far as dreams and interludes go, we would love to see the immigration stories of the gods, which include the narratives of a salesman from the Middle East, Viking explorers, and slaves, showing just how powerful beliefs really are.
5. Powerful and Important Objects
There are a number of objects that appear in American Gods that are mysterious symbols of power. From one time appearances to reoccurring encounters, here are a few of the objects that we would like to see come to life in the television series: the Gold Coin, the Silver Liberty Dollar, the World’s Largest Carousel and the World Tree.