ECCC 2018: American Gods stars on going deeper into the mythology

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Mar 3, 2018

With Season 1 behind them, the stars of American Gods are eager to get the show back on the road and go deeper into the mythology and the characters with Season 2. At a panel on the main stage of the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on Saturday, actors Yetide Badaki (Bilquis) and Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) told attendees that they have so much more to explore with the world that author Neil Gaiman created with his 2001 novel on which the show is based. 

“Even with Season 1 we only got through, what, about a quarter of the book?” Badaki said.

“Not even close,” Whittle replied, saying that the first season ended on “page 120 of a 6[00]-, 700-page book,” so they’ve “got so much material.” Whittle also pointed out that the show has a deep bench of “incredible actors, so let’s use them.”  

Though the two actors were careful not to wade too deep into spoiler territory, Whittle said that fans of the book can look forward to seeing such locales from Gaiman’s novel as House on the Rock and Lakeside, as well as getting to meet such characters as Sam Black Crow, Whiskey Jack, and Hinzelmann in Season 2. 

In addition to exploring these new locations and characters in the second season, Badaki and Whittle said that now that they all know each other and are closer as colleagues, they feel they can get much deeper with these characters. “We got a chance to get to know each other, so as actors … it’s really exciting to jump into a season knowing you have this safety net,” Yetide said, adding that she’s also excited to get to know Bilquis a little more in the upcoming season. 

Whittle agreed, saying he’s excited to see more of these characters being portrayed by amazing actors interact with one another. “I think Shadow may eventually meet Bilquis,” he said, adding that he’s also excited for his character to meet Anubis, Mr. Ibis, and Mr. Jacquel.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ones that I have worked with and getting to work with these powerful and amazing actors that I haven’t worked with. I’m looking forward to everything,” Whittle told convention attendees before turning to Yetide to ask: “I haven’t spoiled anything, have I?”

Jesse Alexander has taken over as showrunner for Season 2 of the Fremantle-produced show following the departures of Season 1 showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green.

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