After an explosive and inventive first season, American Gods is confirmed for a second season. After all, we are only part way through Neil Gaiman’s mammoth fantasy novel that follows the exploits of ex-con Shadow and the mysterious Mr Wednesday.

It was thought for a time that the 2001 novel might be too difficult to film given the expansive descriptions of the meetings of gods, but with Gaiman himself closely involved, the first season delivered.

With old and new fans on board, here’s everything you need to know about the new season.

When does American Gods season 2 start?

Neil Gaiman has said American Gods season 2 will be back in “early, early 2019”.

Where can you watch it?

In the US, American Gods is on Starz. For the rest of the world it’s on Amazon Prime Video. 

What can we expect from American Gods season 2?

No spoilers here. We left season one with only part of Gaiman’s novel told and at a pretty climactic part as we approach The House on the Rock, with an enormous fairground carousel.

But Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, season one’s showrunners, quit after not being able to come to creative agreement with producer Fremantle Media. Gaiman took over for a bit but now Jesse Alexander is on board after his work on Hannibal.

How many episodes will there be?

We think there will be eight episodes, mirroring season one. Eight is in vogue, with True Detective preferring the format too. 

Which characters will be back?

Expect to see all the characters return, with Ricky Whittle as Shadow and Ian McShane’s Mr Wednesday at the fore.

Yetide Badaki will reprise her role as Bilquis, as will Emily Browning as Shadow’s dead wife Laura Moon.

Are there any new characters?

Gillian Anderson won’t return as Media. New Media will be played by Kahyun Kim, while Dean Winters joins the cast as Mr Town. Expect more new characters too in a show that’s so sprawling it simply needs them.

We’ll update this page as we learn more about the return of American Gods.

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