American Gods first emerged as a novel in 2001, written by Neil Gaiman, before taking over telly screens in 2017. Season 1 became an ultra-surreal, socially conscious phenomenon, that was two years in the making. A second season has officially been given the go-ahead – here’s everything we know about American Gods season 2 so far.
When is American Gods season 2 released?
Production of the second series has been confirmed after star Ricky Whittle took to social media to share a photo of the cast. Captioning the snap, Whittle wrote: “AMERICAN GODS season 2 begins work, so blessed I get to work with this incredible family and we can’t wait for you to join us #believe #wariscoming #wowwhatafirstepisode americangods #season2.”
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But while fans will be happy to hear that there is definitely another series in the works, it’s not been a straightforward start to season two. In January, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht revealed he’d had “trouble” pulling together the second season after big names Gillian Anderson and showrunner Bryan Fuller left the series. To combat the departure of Anderson as God of Media, writers cast a younger actress and rebooted the character as New Media – a smart commentary on the speed of internet culture.
While the cast have started work on the latest series, no release date has been confirmed, but the whole of the first series is available on Amazon Prime in the UK now.
Have we seen a trailer?
There are no trailers or teasers available for season 2 at present.
Who’s in American Gods season 2?
There are a host of returning stars including Ian McShane (Mr Wednesday), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), and Emily Browning (Laura Moon). Others, like Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), and Orlando Jones (Mr Nancy), have yet to confirm their involvement in season 2, while Gillian Anderson (Media) has announced she won’t be coming back for the new episodes. She told the Los Angeles Times show runner Bryan Fuller’s departure was the reason behind her own exit.
What’s going to happen in American Gods season 2?
Former showrunner Bryan Fuller told The Wrap they would tell the story of season 2 in a different way than the “pacing and dreamlike quality of season 1”. “Whenever anyone engages in a faith bargain and they commit to it, they change their perspective in a massive way,” he added.
Speaking to Deadline, Fuller’s former partner Michael Green (who has also exited the production) said: “We can’t help but acknowledge that the world we’re going to be writing in is so much darker now, so I wouldn’t be surprised if season 2 got a lot angrier.”
Star Pablo Schreiber has also suggested season 2 could be made up of standalone episodes that focus on individual characters. “I know that we’re going to have opportunities for all of the cast to have their own, like, sort of standalone things where you really get to focus on one character for an entire episode,” he said at Comic Con last year.
How many episodes will there be?
Bryan Fuller confirmed before his exit there would be 10 episodes in American Gods season 2, rather than season 1’s eight. Whether this remains the same since his departure remains to be seen.
Additional writing by Anna Matheson