American Gods made its debut on Starz to critical acclaim earlier this year. The adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel stars Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, opposite Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, and focuses on their journey across America as Wednesday seeks to reassemble all the Old Gods to battle against the New Gods.
American Gods season 1 is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 17th, with two hours of extras including The Road to American Gods documentary, and six behind the scenes featurettes. In the exclusive clip of one featurette above, Whittle, McShane, and Gaiman discuss Shadow's journey through season 1, his relationship with Wednesday, and where that might go in season 2.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller has only adapted about a third of the original novel so far, and with American Gods renewed for a second season just two weeks after season 1 began to air, we have a lot more to look forward to. While there's no release date set for season 2 yet, we do know that it will be extended to 10 episodes from the 8 in season one, and with Shadow now 'activated' as a believer, there's likely to be a shift in the tone of the show.
As Whittle states above, initially his character was merely a shadow of himself, coping with the death of his wife and the realization that she had been cheating on him while he was in prison. Meeting Wednesday hasn't given him escape, exactly. Laura (Emily Browning) is back from the dead, and determined to get back what she and Shadow once had. Then there's Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), who is hell bent on retrieving his lucky coin from Laura, and putting an end to Shadow's life in the process. Given the chaos, confusion, and pain (literally) that Wednesday has brought into his life, why does Shadow stick with him?
The answer has become clear by the end of season 1; Wednesday has revealed himself to be the Norse God, Odin, and Shadow has had his eyes opened to another realm; a higher plain of being where Gods old and new live among humans on earth. The possibilities and potential are enormous and vast, and Shadow is only on the very cusp of understanding all that will entail. Season 2 will take us further on Shadow's journey into Wednesday's world, and with his new-found faith, Shadow is going to be on a very steep learning curve.
We can expect to see season 2 get darker, too, as Wednesday tries desperately to win the war of old versus new. The new Gods - including Mr. World (Crispin Glover), Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) and Media (Gillian Anderson) - are worshipped by many in today's society, while the old Gods of nature, light, and the earth, are being forgotten about. Those who have read Gaiman's original novel may have some clues about what to expect from season 2, but with many roles enhanced from the novel (Laura Moon and Mad Sweeney are just two examples), it's really impossible to predict where American Gods season 2 will take us.
American Gods season 1 is coming out on Digital HD October 6th and will release on DVD and Blu-ray on October 17th. There is currently no release date set for season 2.