After just two episodes, it was announced that American Gods will be renewed for a second season. It’s no surprise, since the groundbreaking adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel has made a massive impact and been a huge instant hit with both fans and critics. But if you’re likely to find yourself at a loss as to what to do with yourself once Season 1 comes to the end of its eight-episode run, here are some suggestions to help you scratch your American Gods itch ahead of Season 2.
Listen To a Podcast
The American Gods Podcast is hosted by former Hungry for Hannibal hosts Michael and Sarah – superfans of both shows. With writer Bryan Fuller behind both series, these guys know better than many what they’re talking about when it comes to Fuller’s newest venture to hit screens.
Their recent instalment covering Episode 2 unpacks the events that unfolded and offers explanations of some of the more confusing elements of the episode. They also touch on differences between the show and the book. So if you’re looking for more insight or different perspectives on what you’ve just spent the past 8 weeks enjoying, try revisiting the series in this way. It will also give you the chance to ensure that what’s happened is fully explored and understood in your (potentially confused) mind ahead of diving into Season 2.
But don’t just stop at this podcast. Others include the American Gods Aftershow, which reviews each episode entirely independently of any reference to the book – great if you don’t want to compare the two – or there’s this one here from the team behind the popular Westworld podcast. There’s These American Gods too, among others.
Join a Book Club
Find a local book club or start one yourself, and then read the novel. Book clubs are great for making sure you get through a novel – if you’re meeting weekly, you’ll need to read a set amount of the book before you get together to discuss what you’ve all got through. It’ll also allow you to explore themes that you might not have identified in the series. Perhaps you could also all watch the show as well, and discuss that together.
Not only will you be able to keep your enthusiasm for American Gods at a high, but you’ll also learn more about what you’ve seen on screen, and gain an insight into what might come in Season 2. Plus you can explore questions like: Why are coin tricks so important? Hurrah!
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