Introducing the New Media: Everything we know about ‘American Gods’ S2
It feels like an absolute age since we got to enjoy all the batshit insanity of Starz’s beautifully bonkers American Gods. Frankly, we haven’t pined this hard for Ian McShane since Deadwood got cancelled. With S2 of the sci-fi fantasy American Gods slated to start next year, we decided it was time to start getting excited for the new season now and look at all the big changes that are in store for fans.
New showrunners: Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are out and Jesse Alexander is in
After Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Logan) left the show due to “creative differences” (that old chestnut) over the length and direction of the show (although there have been whispers that it was due to the producers’ refusal to provide a much bigger budget than the $10 million per episode it was already getting), and are to be replaced with Jesse Alexander. If you’re a fan of genre TV, you’ll already be familiar with the dude whose CV includes Lost, Hannibal, and Heroes. Starz President Chris Albrecht also added that Alexander will be joined by writer and executive producer Neil Gaiman, who will take “a more traditional showrunner function” on this season.
As is the way when any showrunner (or co-showrunners) leave a show, there could be a shift in direction. This could partly relate to Pablo Schreiber’s comments that the show might look at individual characters stories more. “I know that we’re going to have opportunities for all of the cast to have their own, like, sort of standalone things where you really get to focus on one character for an entire episode.”
New cast members: Gillian Anderson is out, Kahyun Kim is in
Yes, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) is following Fuller and Green off the show to be replaced with Kahyun Kim (previously seen as Melody in Shameless) who in a slight twist won’t just be replacing Anderson as Media – she will be replacing her as New Media, “the goddess of global content, a cyberspace chameleon, and a master manipulator.” So expect her character to post a lot more photos of her lunch and drunkenly tweet about politics at 2am.
Joining Kim will also be new cast members Dean Winters (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Mr. Town, Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) as Mamma-Ji, and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow (a bi-sexual, Native American art student).
Some old faces: Never leave us Crispin Glover!
Among a lot of the returning cast will be indie favourites Crispin Glover (who played George McFly in the Back to the Future movies) and Peter Stormare (most notably known for feeding Steve Buscemi into a wood chipper in Fargo), meaning that any indie movie fans can still claim that’s why they watch the show and not just for the all out warfare between the Gods and the gallons upon gallons of blood that is spilt.
Expect everything to be even more fucked up this time around
The show’s producers said S2 will be “a lot angrier and a lot darker”, which for a show with a first season that saw a man being impaled through the throat by a sword held by the dismembered arm of a Viking, is a pretty bold statement.