American Gods is based on the concept that – over thousands of years – immigrants to America have brought their gods with them, from African trickster gods to Slavic deities to Ancient Egyptian gods of the afterlife.
As we see in Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, these old deities who have now been forgotten and relegated to the fringes of society. However, as new deities rise up, the old gods are learning to fight back, with ex-con Shadow Moon thrust onto the battlefield by his enigmatic boss Mr Wednesday.
As the series returns for a third season, here’s everything we know so far, including cast, trailer and air-date…
When is American Gods season three on TV and streaming?
Season two of the show was released in March 2019, so it seems likely that we won’t see season three until well into 2020. Starz and Amazon have not yet confirmed an air date, but the likelihood is that fans of the show will be waiting until at least the Spring of 2020 if not beyond to see what happens next.
What has Neil Gaiman revealed about American Gods season three?
Neil Gaiman at the launch of American Gods (Getty)
Neil Gaiman hasn’t said a great deal so far about what we can expect in the third installment of the show, but the author has spoken out about the appointment of Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Walking Dead) as the series’ new showrunner.
“I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” he said in a statement.
“Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory.”
He’s also revealed that some of the series will take place at Lakeside, a mysterious location referenced in the books.
Who’s in the cast for American Gods season three?
Most of the main cast are expected to return, including Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Odin/Mr Wednesday), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), and Crispin Glover (Mr World).
And musician Marilyn Manson has now joined the cast as a new character, a “Nordic death metal frontman” named Johan Wengren who has ties to Ian Mcshane’s Wednesday through his “Viking metal band” Blood Death.
“Bringing his specific energy, wit and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil Gaiman to the role of Johan, a Norse ‘berserker’ in service to Odin, his performance promises to be disturbing, original and uniquely entertaining,” showrunner Chic Eglee said.
Manson is expected to appear in four episodes of the third season.
More recently, Neil Gaiman also confirmed that veteran actress Blythe Danner will appear across four episodes in the new series as Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest with an “unresolved romantic history” with Mr Wednesday and a bit of a problem – her involuntary commitment to a mental institution.
“It is a rare privilege to be working with Ms. Blythe Danner, a dear friend, inspiration and national treasure,” said executive producer Chic Eglee.
She is our muse in crafting the role of Demeter, since no one else can bring such ethereal beauty and grace to the portrayal of a goddess.”
Some stars won’t be returning for the third run, however, including Orlando Jones, who played Mr. Nancy on the show, apparently because his character does not appear in the section of Gaiman’s book that is being covered in series three.
Jones was evidently not happy with his firing, describing it as “spiteful” and “insanely hurtful” in an interview with TV Line and posting a video on Twitter claiming that new showrunner Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee thought his character’s “angry, get s**t done [attitude]” was “the wrong message for black America”.
Joining Jones in leaving the cast is Mousa Kraish, who played Jinn in the opening two series. He posted the news on Twitter, claiming it had been an honour to play the character and that he was “humbled & grateful for this wonderful community.”
Is there an American Gods season three trailer?
Not yet — we’ll keep you posted. But hopefully we’ll get a glimpse at what’s happening in the show soon!
Why were there issues filming American Gods season two?
Despite a critically acclaimed and popular first season, American Gods has encountered a rocky couple of years, facing a series of tumultuous, behind-the-scenes issues during the run-up to season two.
The original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were already part way through writing season two when they dramatically left the production in 2017, as did Sex Education actress Gillian Anderson, who played Media. New showrunner Jesse Alexander was brought in as their replacement, but he too stepped aside in September 2018.
The drama finally made it to our screens in March 2019 – but the second season was still a bit of a critical let down, not garnering the same praise as season one.
Fingers crossed the third season resurrects some of the show’s original charm…
But for now we have to keep on waiting!