Great news, American Gods fans: After being in the dark as to when we’ll ever get to see more adventures of Mr. Wednesday, Shadow Moon, and a bevy of other human and not-so-human characters, Starz has offered a first-look photo and video of production on Season 2 — while revealing that the series will return in 2019.
The sneak peek shows the cast, executive producer Neil Gaiman, and showrunner and executive producer Jesse Alexander hard at work on the new season while in the fabled Carousel Room. And if the photo is to be believed, it looks as though the series is going to give fans what they’ve been clamoring for — a meeting of the gods!
Production on Season 2 kicked off at the Wisconsin roadside attraction, The House on the Rock, which serves as a quintessential location in Gaiman’s book on which the series is based.
“The first season was all about getting to the House on the Rock,” said Gaiman in a statement from the network. “It's amazing to see everyone back, and to be entering the next stage of the story with the best bunch of actors around, along with some inspired filmmakers.”
In the promotional video, Gaiman promises: “Things are going to get darker, things are going to get more dangerous.”
Getting photographic evidence that production is well underway is a huge relief for fans, considering that the series has been in production hell — or at least production limbo — for quite some time, with the show losing not just cast members but also its showrunners.
American Gods centers on an impending war between old and new gods. The traditional gods with roots in ancient mythology are steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes the bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman who’s in fact one of the older gods. The two of them embark upon a cross-country mission to gather forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
The ensemble cast includes Whittle, McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Crispin Glover, Cloris Leachman, and Peter Stormare.
Chris Byrne (Star Trek Discovery, Hannibal) is directing the premiere episode and will co-executive produce along with Heather Bellson and Rodney Barnes.