Starz 'American Gods' Season 2: Who is Sam Black Crow in Neil Gaiman's fantasy series?

In the middle of the battle between the Old Gods and New, one peculiar character, a Native-American college student seems to be lost in the fray.


                            Starz 'American Gods' Season 2: Who is Sam Black Crow in Neil Gaiman's fantasy series?

'American Gods' is a best-selling fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, and it focuses on an upcoming battle between the Gods of Old mythology and the Gods of technology and globalism. Humans start losing faith in the original Gods and instead divert their attention to TV, celebrities, technology, and money, and that's exactly what they worship instead of the Old Gods. The 'American Gods' novel chronicles the adventures of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday (who's actually Odin in disguise), and Wednesday is on a mission to rally the Old Gods in order to prepare for the battle to be, while Shadow essentially plays his bodyguard.

The novel has been made into a critically acclaimed series, and it's refreshing to see that the live-adaptation doesn't stray too far from the source material, with the series being near-identical and almost canonical to its counterpart. While the first season of the show aired 2 years prior, the second season was almost not made due to internal tiffs between the show writers, but now that the series has settled, Neil Gaiman is making use of all the characters from his award-winning book. One such character that we'll get to see in the new season is Sam Black Crow.

Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday) and Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)
Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday) and Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) in 'American Gods'. (Source: IMDB)

While the show hasn't given off too much about Sam, we believe that they'll be sticking to their near-canonical theme, and portray her as a similar or maybe even the same character from the book. In the novel, Sam is a college student who is confident, engaging, headstrong and has a free-spirited personality, who makes a living by selling chainsaw art she makes by the roadside.

Sam is an integral part of the novel, and when it comes to gods, Sam is a skeptic at best, but when fate connects Shadow and Sam in unexpected ways, she learns the truth of his story. In the novel, Sam saves Shadow from the police and is famous for giving her 'I believe' speech to Shadow, and whose words are now made famous as the show's tagline. Sam is arguably one of the nicest characters in the novel and is portrayed as a possible romantic interest for Shadow in the book (because Shadow will definitely not touch his zombie for a wife, Laura Moon).

TIFF Rising Star 2018 Devery Jacobs attends the 'If Beale Street Could Talk' premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 9, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.
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TIFF Rising Star 2018 Devery Jacobs attends the 'If Beale Street Could Talk' premiere during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 9, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.
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Sam is of Native American decent, and in the novel, she dreams she was a shaman named Atsula in her past life. She is portrayed to be the holy woman of the matriarchal tribe that emigrates across the Bering Strait to America and is sacrificed at the foot of the mountain, and Sam just may be a new goddess in her own right. She's still tied to her old Native American roots, while still being hip and chic, and her relevance is akin to that of Shadow Moon, who is also emerging as a New God. The Half-Cherokee character is slated to be played by 'First Nation star Devery Jacobs, and we couldn't be happier with the casting!

'American Gods' season 2 is slated to release on 10 March only on Starz.