Amazon Prime Video hosted an exclusive screening of season two of American Gods at the Soho Hotel in London earlier this week. Director of Original TV for Europe at Amazon Studios, Georgia Brown, welcomed guests before handing over to host Jamie East for a Q&A with stars of the series Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) and Emily Browning (Laura Moon).
Ian McShane spoke about the direction of the second season, commenting “You need to reward the viewer and we’re doing that, this season we’re getting back to the book. You will get to see this fantastic cast interacting more.” He noted that there will especially be more involvement with Mr Nancy and Mr Ibis, as well as Mad Sweeney as there will be a whole episode devoted to delving more into his backstory.
McShane also teased that there will be some brilliant new characters introduced this season including Mama-ji (Sakina Jaffrey) who will be joining the Old Gods, as well as some new additions to the New Gods team; New Media (Shameless alum, Kahyun Kim) and Mr. Town (Dean Winters).
Emily Browning briefly spoke about Laura’s relationship with Mad Sweeney, commenting: “We definitely… evolve. But that’s all I can really say. However, Laura’s arc shifts a little bit when she meets Mr. Wednesday…” According to Browning, the two characters will spend the majority of the series together, antagonising each other! She will also be going on a very different arc this season, and things will be more personal between Shadow and Laura.
Ricky Whittle also spoke about getting into shape for the role: “It’s really tough, because everyone else goes home and learns their lines. I have to do that, but I also have to hit the gym, maintain a certain amount of calories…[Ian McShane starts snoring for comic effect]”.
Ian McShane also spoke about what sets American Gods apart from other shows, namely Game of Thrones: “Gaiman’s writing in this thing is like magic metamorphasised. American Gods is a complicated show”.
Season two follows the battle between the Old Gods and New Gods which continues to brew as we join Mr. Wednesday (McShane) just a few short hours after his declaration of war and the epic showdown that ensued at Easter’s party. While Mr. World (Crispin Glover, Alice In Wonderland) plans revenge for Wednesday’s attack, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with Shadow (Whittle) Laura (Browning) and Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber, Orange is the New Black) in tow. When things don’t go as planned after an encounter at the House on the Rock, both Old and New Gods, as well as those they meet along the way, find themselves on quests across America — all destined in some way for Cairo, Illinois. Shadow will begin to understand this strange world of the gods and carve out a place in it as a believer in order to survive. But change will require sacrifice.
American Gods season 2 launches exclusively on Prime Video on 11th March.