'American Gods': Season 2 got off to a rough start with production falling apart but now things seem to be on track

Even without Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as the showrunners, season two of 'American Gods' is all set to release on March 10 this year.


                            'American Gods': Season 2 got off to a rough start with production falling apart but now things seem to be on track

Season one of 'American Gods' had fans in hysterics on seeing Neil Gaiman's artistic creation come to life. While Gaiman is responsible for more creative graphic-novel series, like 'The Sandman' and 'Coraline', he's also responsible for the creation of critically-acclaimed books like 'Stardust' and more famously, his international best-selling novel, 'American Gods'. 

Fans are introduced to various old Gods from Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Irish, Germanic, Christian, and even Slavic mythology. The old Gods are slowly getting used to the fact that their relevance is dying out, and in time, so will they. But one God,  Mr. Wednesday aka Odin, the All-Father, has other plans to bring about their worship again, and he enlists the help of Shadow Moon (much to Shadow Moon's annoyance) as his bodyguard, in order to fulfill his wishes.

Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, and Ricky Whittle in American Gods.
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Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, and Ricky Whittle in American Gods.
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The main story revolves around Shadow Moon, who may seem a little out of place in a world filled with Gods and monsters, but that is exactly why Mr. Wednesday (Odin) needs him. In order for the old Gods not to die out, they need people to once again start believing in them, and it was only during the season finale that Shadow Moon was convinced that he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Wednesday is also recruiting American manifestations of the Old Gods to prepare for battle against the New American Gods, which are basically manifestations of modern life and technology, such as the Internet, media, and modern means of transport.

But while the fans may view the production of the series through rose-tinted glasses, the filming of season two had seen many many ups and downs, and the main cause of concern was the departure of Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as showrunners, due to creative differences. The exit of the showrunners for 'American Gods' had set the show's production back by a couple of months.

Writer Neil Gaiman attends Day Three at the IMDb Yacht at San Diego, California Comic-Con 2016.
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Writer Neil Gaiman attends Day Three at the IMDb Yacht at San Diego, California Comic-Con 2016.
Source: (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)

'American Gods' was able to get another showrunner on board, Jesse Alexander, but sadly, Alexander was allegedly also sidelined by Gaiman. While it may seem like a recurring trend for Gaiman, in an interview with EW,  Gaiman denied the allegations and said that "he wasn't a Machiavellian figure taking out showrunners. I wanted Jesse to succeed and I think Jesse did an amazing job of taking a show that didn’t have a showrunner, suddenly and surprisingly, and didn’t have scripts and putting together a writers’ room, putting together a show. It was amazing.”

Everything about 'American Gods' is an enigma at the moment, and you won't find anything about it on Twitter and Instagram (their social media doesn't exist anymore). And while Gaiman acknowledges the continued problems with the production and development of season two, the cast also weighs in on the script, and we see Orlando Jones and Chris Bryne producing and writing a major chunk of season two.

Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy the Trickster God in 'American Gods'.
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Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy the Trickster God in 'American Gods'.
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There are many conflicting notions and a lot of he said-she said thrown around, and Ricky Whittle spoke about Byrne's work in an interview with EW saying “The look of the show is exactly 100 percent the same, if not cooler, some of the sh*t they’re doing this season is amazing, unbelievable. That was never the issue.”

So the main matter is merely about how well the show is translated to on-screen, and no artist in their right mind would compromise on their work, and it's good to see that Gaiman hasn't sold out, but showrunner or not, the show must go on, and fans were delighted to hear that season two was greenlit and all set to be aired on 10 March.

'American Gods' season two will premiere on Starz, March 10, and you can check out the season two teaser trailer below to see just how trippy the next season will be.