A Murder of Gods
American Gods Season 1



Critic Ratings: 19
Critics Consensus

"A Murder of Gods" wades into politically charged storytelling while advancing American Gods' first-season arc -- and firmly establishing the show apart from its source material.

Episode Info

The New Gods' show of force sends Shadow and Mr. Wednesday on the run and in search of a safe haven in the company of one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.


Ricky Whittle
as Shadow Moon
Emily Browning
as Laura Moon
Ian McShane
as Mr. Wednesday
Pablo Schreiber
as Mad Sweeney
Yetide Badaki
as Bilquis
Bruce Langley
as Technical Boy
Jonathan Tucker
as Low Key Lyesmith
Cloris Leachman
as Zorya Vechernyaya
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Critic Reviews for A Murder of Gods

Oh boy, somebody call for the God of Hot Takes (me) because "A Murder of Gods" sure felt topical.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

To me this half of the episode meandered a bit. Not much was divulged about either the plot or any of the characters.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

And so American Gods comes to Jesus, beginning what might be the series' most controversial episode yet.

Jun 5, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

From the start, American Gods has been about the tapestry of identity, but "A Murder Of Gods" is even more explicit as it explores transitions from one nation to another, from one identity to another.

Jun 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This week's episode, after the frenetic pace of last week, felt it meandered needlessly.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

And strangely, after the third watch, we were forced to conclude that everything we've always loved about the show was there - scathing social commentary, eye-popping visuals, and whip-smart dialogue - but that none of it was quite hitting the mark...

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A Murder of Gods is an admirably ambitious episode that tries to tackle a controversial subject and mostly succeeds.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Our prayers from last week were answered, as it now appears that the dynamic duo of Mad Sweeney and Laura Moon will be a continuing source of comedic relief.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

But expecting sociopolitical subtlety from this show is a fool's errand. Think of how it's addressed race: the spider-god Anansi dressed like a cartoon pimp, lecturing a ship full of slaves.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

In many ways, "A Murder of Gods" feels like the calm before the storm... For now, however, it's just enough to see these fascinating characters interact as they make their way across an equally fascinating and diverse America.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

"A Murder of Gods" showcases just how willing American Gods is to venture into politically charged topics, and how easily the show can go off book and still provide a story that is in keeping with Gaiman's original work.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…

American Gods dealt with some big topics in interesting ways, exploring a larger theme of America's worship of violence in "A Murder of Gods."

Jun 5, 2017 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…