In 'American Gods' season 2 episode 5 Laura takes part in an orgy while Shadow Moon deals with the past

Laura meets Mad Sweeney in New Orleans after she is abandoned by Wednesday. She meets The Baron along with Mad Sweeney, but there is more here than meets the eyes.


                            In 'American Gods' season 2 episode 5 Laura takes part in an orgy while Shadow Moon deals with the past

(This article contains spoilers for season 2 episode 5)

Laura attempts to find a permanent solution for her 'decaying' situation but gets more than what she bargained for after meeting with Mad Sweeney.  Mad Sweeney has already reached New Orleans, but with bruises and his luck is, of course, missing. The Dead Wife - Laura, accompanied Wednesday to meet Argus and she killed him to recharge the coin in her in order to stop her body from decaying. Now that she is successful, she catches up with Mad Sweeney in  New Orleans and the two set off to meet The Baron, an old friend of Mad Sweeney. The Baron practices Voodoo magic and is expected to help The Dead Wife from decaying and maybe even help her get back to normal. 

 



 

 

The two, however, do not expect to become a part of an orgy, which leads to the two of them having sex. Considering Laura did already cheat on Shadow when he was in jail, this is not surprising. However, it was not her choice to get down and dirty with Sweeney. In fact, she starts to have sex with the Baron, while Sweeney is getting it on for The Baron's girlfriend. The visuals are interesting, as the two merge and we see The Dead Wife and Sweeney essentially having sex, even if they didn't intend to begin that way. So what about her situation of decay? And how will this whole sexcapade influence her in the future?

 



 

 

In the meanwhile, her husband-or ex-husband Shadow Moon is exploring the history of Cairo. Especially, the racial hatred that has been the reason for many deaths in the past and present. All of it begins with Shadow dreaming about a man who was hanged to death. He wakes up to find himself being followed by the dead man's spirit and in a stunning conversation, learns about the past when black people fought for inclusion against racial profiling and resulting hatred. He finds out that it is not enough to be a silent spectator alongside Wednesday and that he has to take part in a war in honor for all the people who lost their lives. Ironically enough, the same episode also shows how intolerant one can be towards others' faith, irrespective of logic. 

Salim is under fire for still believing in his one god despite witnessing Wednesday and pals in actions. (Source: Starz)

 

Samir and the Djinn have been traveling together trying to complete a task for Wednesday. Djinn notices Samir thanking Allah before he eats and this irks the Djinn who asks Samir, "How can you believe in only one God after all that you've seen." While it is true that Samir has been witness to Wednesday and his fellow gods before, he still has the freedom to believe in the god that he chooses, because as Samir says, "It's my truth". Intolerance here is something that Samir faces not only from the man that he has come to love but also from Wednesday who before parting calls him a 'monotheist' and, of course, this is an insult! The episode, under all the action, doubt and sex was all about who everyone chooses to follow in the end.