'American Gods' Season 3: Meet Ricky Whittle, Bruce Langley and other cast members who weren't let go

'American Gods' Season 3 is slated to release on January 10 and will see these actors reprise their roles


                            'American Gods' Season 3: Meet Ricky Whittle, Bruce Langley and other cast members who weren't let go
Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon (Starz)

'American Gods' Season 3 is days away from release and we cannot wait to see what the new season has in store for fans. After a terrible second season that had made fans unhappy and scandalous casting choices that included firing actors last minute, the show adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel is back with a new season and this time the show will center on Shadow Moon who pushes his destiny away after learning that the man that he had been serving all this while is not only his boss but also his father and the Norse god Odin.

According to the official synopsis provided by Starz, "In Season 3 Shadow angrily pushes this apparent destiny away, and settles in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — to make his own path, guided by the gods of his Black ancestors, the Orishas. But he’ll soon discover that this town's still waters run deep, and dark, and bloody, and that you don’t get to simply reject being a god. The only choice — and a choice you have to make — is what kind of god you’re going to be." With many beloved cast members fired such as Orlando Jones who played the role of Mr. Nancy in Season 1 and Season 2, here's a look at all the members who will return for Season 3 and the directions that their roles will take.

Ian McShane stars as Mr. Wednesday

Mr. Wednesday, a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man who also happens to be perverse when it comes to his grand plans to unite the Old Gods in a battle for power against the New Gods will return and actor Ian McShane will reprise this role. But this season, a change in strategy is necessary, and Wednesday will be forced to reveal his vulnerability in order to keep Shadow within his sphere of influence.

Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon

In season 3, Ricky Whittle will be navigating the revelation that Wednesday is his father, he wonders about his own power. Is Shadow a god? Cryptic prophecies seem to confirm that he’s destined for something greater. But what? From a new home base of Lakeside, Wisconsin, Shadow begins a spiritual journey guided by the gods of his Black ancestors.

Emily Browning as Laura Moon

Laura Moon is Shadow Moon’s 'dead wife' and she’s still looking for a chance to make things right, but it’s no longer just about Shadow. There’s Mad Sweeney to consider. This season, Laura will renew her thirst for personal revenge on Wednesday, and to fulfill her desire for revenge, she’s willing to do anything. 

Yetide Badaki as Bilquis

(Starz)

Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love who craved the worship she inspired in eras long gone, finds relevance in today’s world — thanks to Technical Boy’s app — by turning her gift into a commodity. When she’s linked to the disappearance of one of her worshippers, she’s forced to question the nature of her divinity, a crisis that threatens her survival — until the unexpected appearance of the Orishas guides her to true power and purpose. Her collaboration with Technical Boy is surprising considering how the show had always been about a war that ensues between the old gods and the new.

Bruce Langley stars as Technical Boy

(Starz)

Technical Boy, a New God, is the ruler of of all things technological. As such, he struggles to remain on the cutting edge. After a disturbing encounter with Bilquis, he is left gasping and is currently dysfunctional. Hence, unlike the beginning of Season 2, he is not as powerful as he used to be and he is also unable to rely on his skill set as a god, so he starts to unravel the mystery of his true power.

Omid Abtahi as Salim

(Starz)

Salim happened to be one-half of fan-favorite characters. You see, Salim and Jinn, who was played by Mousa Kraish, were a couple. Longing for inspiration and meaning in his life, an unexpected encounter with The Jinn, while he’s on a business trip in New York, is what had fulfilled Salim's deepest wish and led him on an unforeseen journey. However, now that The Jinn has left him and Mousa Krish is not a part of the season, Salim is forced to reevaluate his nascent sexuality, launching him on a new path — one of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis

Mr. Ibis is the keeper of stories, past and present, and he recounts them with great relish. His old-fashioned sensibilities don’t preclude a wry wit. Mr. Ibis remains a constant touchstone whose window into the past gives him insight into what the future may hold.

Crispin Glover, Dominique Jackson, and Danny Trejo star as World

Keeping up with the previous seasons, World, the seemingly omniscient leader of the New Gods, will continue to takes on various forms this season as well as s/he masterminds a new piece of technology capable of controlling human consciousness — potentially bringing World a swift victory in the brewing war with the Old Gods.

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