We weren’t sure it would ever happen, but it finally has. It’s time to praise the gods again, as Starz today announced that American Gods season 2 will premiere on March 10th, 2019 at 8PM ET/PT.
Starz’s American Gods is the TV adaptation of Sandman writer Neil Gaiman’s smash hit novel, whose production has been mired in drama for quite some time. After the first season of the show premiered to strong reviews and fan engagement, things unexpectedly turned dire for American Gods’ future after showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green announced they were leaving the show due to reported disputes with the powers that be regarding budgets and creative vision, despite reportedly having half of the second season already written.
Several stars including Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth exited the show as well, leaving the ship without its captains and several key crew members. Even after Fremantle brought on a new showrunner, Jesse Alexander, the show’s production process was in the news again after The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Alexander had effectively been sidelined from the show as well.
Despite all of this drama and a rumored lack of a showrunner now, however, it seems that production of American Gods’ second season has managed to wrap. Per the official press release, American Gods picks up directly where the first season ends, with Ricky Whittle’s Shadow Moon and Ian McShane’s Wednesday heading towards the House on the Rock as a simmering war between the Old Gods and New Gods of the world begins to come to a boil:
We were forged in God’s image, but the Gods are also made in ours — and in Season Two the battle moves inexorably toward crisis point as the destinies of gods and men collide. While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in Season One, Shadow throws in his lot with Wednesday’s attempt to convince the Old Gods of the case for full-out war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow. A council at the House on the Rock explodes into chaos, sending deities both Old and New on quests across America that will converge on Cairo, Illinois: forcing Shadow to carve out a place as a believer in this strange new world of living gods — a dark world where change demands commitment, and faith requires terrible sacrifice.
American Gods also stars Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, and Demore Barnes. Guest stars include Cloris Leachman and Peter Stormare. Announced newcomers to Season Two are Sakina Jaffrey as Mama-Ji’, Dean Winters as Mr. Town, Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow and Kahyun Kim as New Media.
In anticipation of the second season, Starz will have a “Holy Day Binge” of the entire first season of American Gods on Saturday, December 29th.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.