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American Gods may be the best show about religion on TV


The first season of American Gods ends with an image that compacts the many themes of the series into one, odd moment. It's an aerial shot, slowly revealing a line of cars, buggies, and other vehicles crowding the tiny road to a neglected Wisconsin tourist trap called The House on the Rock. Without giving you any spoilers, I can say that this scene captures American Gods' perspective on religious faith in America.

(And now, with a generous dose of spoilers, I will tell you what I mean by that.)

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Decrypted: American Gods just took a nosedive

Enlarge / Oh look it's Essie, the 18th century version of Laura, who is stealing and sleeping around to get ahead in life. (credit: Starz)

This week's American Gods was the penultimate episode of the season, and we were expecting a certain amount of closure. But no! Instead we got a bunch of filler that didn't advance the story. Author Claire Light joined us on Decrypted to talk about the structure of American Gods episodes and where this one went wrong.

We also have an interview with Technical Boy (Bruce Langley)!

Spoilers ahead!

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Decrypted: American Gods takes a shot at patriotism and gun worship


In this very special episode, we go all out for you. First I discuss the gun-worship theme with Ars' own senior tech editor and gun geek, Lee Hutchinson. Then our correspondent Genevieve Valentine sits down with actors Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) and Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy) to talk about the series and getting into character. It's long, but it's worth it.

Here there be spoilers!

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Decrypted: American Gods showed us who Wednesday really is


For the weirdest episode of American Gods so far this season, I was delighted to have on our podcast a guest whose job is to translate Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. Jackson Crawford teaches Old Norse at UC Berkeley and University of Colorado at Boulder, and he explains Norse culture and language delightfully on his YouTube channel. He joined us to discuss some of the myths behind the gods in this show.

Spoilers ahead and in the podcast! Also: my profound apologies for the sound in this episode. There were about a zillion technical problems on my end as I recorded this on the road, and our engineer Jennifer Hahn worked heroically to fix it. But it still sounds kind of echoey in places.

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Decrypted: American Gods just made its heroes a lot less likable

Enlarge / Laura really has to keep those flies away now that she has become a zombie demigod avenger entity thing. (credit: Starz)

When I first watched episode 4 of American Gods, I absolutely hated it. After re-watching it and talking to Tokusatsu Network Editor-in-Chief Paula Gaetos in this week's episode of our TV podcast, I'm starting to come around. Maybe I shouldn't be so worried that our main characters are terrible people.

This podcast contains spoilers.

We talked at length about what it meant that this week's episode left Shadow and Wednesday behind and focused entirely on Shadow's dead wife, Laura. Paula loved what the show did with Laura's character. We talked about how Laura has been revealed as incredibly flawed—aimlessly depressed, apathetic, sort of a user—but, at the same time, she has a no-nonsense attitude that allows her to be brave in ways that Shadow isn't. Unlike Shadow, she completely accepts that the world is full of weird magical things and takes control of it. She even tells Anubis, the god of death, to "fuck off." That's pretty badass.

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