American Gods (2017– )
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A Murder of Gods 

On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.


Adam Kane


Neil Gaiman (based on the novel by), Michael Green (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Whittle ... Shadow Moon
Emily Browning ... Laura Moon
Crispin Glover ... Mr. World (credit only)
Bruce Langley ... Technical Boy (credit only)
Yetide Badaki ... Bilquis (credit only)
Pablo Schreiber ... Mad Sweeney
Ian McShane ... Mr. Wednesday
Corbin Bernsen ... Vulcan
Omid Abtahi ... Salim
David Labiosa ... Tattooed Man
Marilyn Camacho ... The Coyote
Ernesto Reyes ... Mexican Jesus
Tim Progosh ... Richard Miller
Sonja Smits ... Laura's Mother
Julia Vera ... Older Woman


On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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USA | Canada | UK



Release Date:

4 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brantford, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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American Gods Theme
Written and performed by Brian Reitzell
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Hollywood Goes Full Potato
5 June 2017 | by ML42See all my reviews

Dear Hollywood: Didn't anyone tell you? Never go full potato.

There are spoilers ahead. This is only for the episode A Murder of Gods.

Love Neil Gaiman's books. He's the bomb. So I really looked forward to the show American Gods.

I've been (mostly) enjoying American Gods until this episode. Americans in small town flyover country dressed like Nazis and everyone packing heat? Check. Everyone carrying rosaries - some even having them attached to their guns? Check. "Clinging to guns and God" theme complete. Thanks Hollywood.

The show starts with a handful of people trying to sneak into America by crossing a river. Somehow, at the exact moment they climb out of the river, a bunch of people in SUVs pull up and open fire on them. I can't tell if this was supposed to be Border Patrol or it's some group of randos. Oh and of course they all had super fancy guns with "Thy Kingdom Come" engraved on them. Nice touch with the guns and religion again, Hollywood.

I'm not even going to try to understand the whole Jesus bit.

In fairness, this episode was probably written a year ago, long before flyover country basically told our coastal betters that most of America rejects this crap. The interwebz tells me that filming of the second season will start soon. Hopefully Hollywood will do better, but I seriously doubt it. The past six months shows that it's more likely Hollywood will double down on the stupid, and serve up more of the same. In which case, I'll stop watching American Gods and maybe re- read the book instead.

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