Today, the network released the first three and a half minutes of the first episode, which finds Mr. World (Crispin Glover) preparing for all-out war with the old deities. Opening on a pristine and sunny golf course, a lone golfer is run over by a runaway limousine that just so happens to be transporting a glitching World to a dimly lit parking garage that houses the secret entrance to Black Briar.
Before leaving his eager-to-kill driver, Mr. World tells his driver to find Media (Kahyun Kim; the role was previously played by Gillian Anderson), because he can't sell a war without his "best salesman." He also alludes to Mr. Friday (Ian McShane), stating that he wants to eradicate Friday's "paternal stain from the geriatric tomes of every decreptic church, temple, and back alley apotchecary."
While there were rumors of extreme turmoil behind the scenes of the new season—Jesse Alexander replaced Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as showrunner and was then reportedly fired himself—Gaiman insisted that all was well during his appearance at New York Comic Con.
"When I see stuff online with people going, 'Oh, Season 2 is in trouble' or 'Season 2 isn’t happening' or 'Season 2 is doomed,' it’s like, I’ve seen the stuff. It looks great to me, which is a lovely kind of place to be," the author said back in October.
Co-starring Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) and Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), and more, Season 2 of American Gods premieres on Starz Sunday, March 10.