It’s official. Despite some fairly scathing season-two reviews (perhaps because of the plot holes), American Gods season three is happening. And, perhaps unsurprisingly given the history of this thing, there’s going to be a new showrunner. Chic Eglee, producer behind The Shield (yay!), The Walking Dead (um), and Hemlock Grove (yikes!) will be taking the reins of the series.
Neil Gaiman, the genius behind the original book and executive producer on the show, is really happy about it.
"I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee," Gaiman said in a statement.
"Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory.
"Thank you to Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter."
Gaiman is so excited by Eglee’s appointment, he’s hoping that season four will also be greenlit sooner rather than later.
"What I’m hoping is it's less about how long it’s going to take season three than getting a season four [renewal] once season three is under way so we can keep the writer's room on and get the scripts written," Gaiman added.
American Gods season 3 air date: When will it be on?
We got the first season way back in April 2017. Finally, in March 2019, we got the second season.
Seeing as the reason for that delay was an unholy convergence of events that seem to have been finally sorted out, we’d expect season three to land on a more normal broadcast schedule – we’ll get the next season next year.
That said, we’d expect it to land closer to summer than spring, with the air date timeline shifting to June, July or later.
That’s purely because it seems like a pretty complicated show to put together, so these latest changes may well push it out of its normal slot.
American Gods season 3 cast: Who will be in it?
We’d expect this to stay a bit more consistent too. Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Crispin Glover as Mr World and Bruce Langley as the Technical Boy.
Assuming they survive season two, we’ll also hope to see more from Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Orlando Jones as Mr Nancy, Mousa Kraish as the Jinn, Omid Abtahi as Salim and Demore Barnes as Mr Ibis.
These are actors who all stayed loyal to the show during the dark times, so expect them to carry on with the series, no matter what happened in the books.
Speaking of the books, expect Jonathan Tucker’s Low Key Lyesmith, Shadow’s pal from prison, to have a larger role in season three. Just sayin’.
American Gods season 3 plot: What’s it about?
Despite the fact it is a fairly brilliant adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, American Gods the TV show has made so many changes it’s actually hard to predict what’ll happen next. It’s something the show’s star, Ricky Whittle, spoke to Digital Spy about.
"I feel that now the show is really becoming its own thing it's evolving into a different organism," Whittle (Shadow Moon) said.
"There's certain threads on the show, that I call 'the Marty McFly timeline' – Sweeney and Laura never meet in the book. And now that they're tight [on TV], there's certain things in the book that can't happen."
"There's so many different kinds of directions that the show can go in. We can even bring in [Gaiman's 2005 book] Anansi Boys and [2007's] The Monarch of the Glen and all these other spin-off stories that Neil writes, and the eventual sequel [to American Gods].
"It really can go anywhere, which is exciting. We might not necessarily finish at the book, or maybe the book will finish early and we'll evolve into something else. Neil's involved in the whole thing, so if they decide to completely drift away from the book that could happen too. It's exciting to see what comes up."
Still, we have been told that our heroes don’t get to Lakeside this year, so expect to see that happen in season three.
Let’s hope it looks as good as seasons one and two, to keep it consistent with a show Ricky Whittle said was ‘more beautiful than Game Of Thrones.’
American Gods season 3 trailer: When will we see it?
Expect some sort of teaser at San Diego Comic-Con in July, with a longer look at New York Comic-Con in October.
The Comic-Con circuit is hugely important to this show, so we’d expect to see footage sooner rather than later. You can watch a cool Comic-Con Q&A above, while we wait for that trailer.
We’ll be following all the latest news nuggets like Shadow trailing Wednesday, so do keep this page bookmarked for all upcoming updates.
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