American Gods star Yetide Badaki discusses "incredible" torture scene

Louise McCreesh, David Opie
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From Digital Spy

American Gods spoilers follow.

American Gods star Yetide Badaki has broken down her character's "incredible" torture scene.

The actress plays Bilquis in the fantasy series, who was captured and tortured by Mr World (Crispin Glover) in the fourth episode of season 3, leading Bilquis to cry alone in a cell.

Fortunately, as soon as a tear hit the ground, Oshun (Herizen F Guardiola) was conjured to provide Bilquis with a private pep-talk, which then led to her joyously dancing with her ancestors.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Yetide broke down the "incredible" scene, describing Bilquis' experience as an allegory for any person reckoning with themselves and "going inward" amid isolation.

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"What's incredible about what Neil Gaiman does, is the fact that he's so prescient in his writing," Yetide said.

"And so this journey that we see Bilquis take where she goes into this moment of absolute isolation, where the walls are closing in – it mirrors so much, it feels like what a lot of us are experiencing right now.

"So it's actually incredible that we see how she goes through that – how she moves through it. We speak of the tear, and we speak of what happens when you're in isolation – since you can't travel outward, you travel inward, and discover more about yourself."

She continued: "Here's the thing about going inward – and I want to tie this back to the tear. Even though you may think you're alone, you find that you are part of a larger 'we', and that comes up a lot. 'I' is 'we'. As you go inside, and you learn more about yourself, that means you're also learning more about the ancestors who live in your DNA.

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"So, as you go inward, you're literally dancing with the ancestors."

Yetide added: "And in that, you find that you're never really alone. I think that's a wonderful message to be able to retain through this past year."

American Gods season 3 airs on Starz in the US, and on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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