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Q&A: American Gods S1 post-mortems with Bilquis, Technical Boy

Enlarge / No spoilers this high up on the page, but Bilquis and Technical Boy existed within the same show. (credit: Starz)

Warning: This story contains light spoilers for S1 of American Gods

The first season of American Gods surpassed whatever our expectations were for an adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman novel. Starz evidently felt the same way, quickly renewing it for season two and telling attendees during last month's Television Critics Association press tour they'd be happy to have the series go beyond that.

"We're on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz," CEO Chris Albrecht said during his network's event. "The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that."

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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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