Critic Consensus: "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" explores some of American Gods' core themes - and the relationship between core characters - in the final hour before the season finale.
as Shadow Moon
as Laura Moon
as Mr. Wednesday
as Mad Sweeney
as Technical Boy
as Mr. World
as Mr. Nancy
as Low Key Lyesmith
as Zorya Vechernyaya
as Mr. Ibis
as The Jinn
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If we've learned anything this episode, it's that gods are as fickle and temperamental just as often as they are benevolent or sit in any sort of judgement of us mortals.
Other things worth paying attention to in Prayer for Mad Sweeney? That big albino buffalo. His name is Tatanka Ska, and he's sacred to the Lakota tribe.
Personally, I am enjoying American Gods' meanderings more than I am the central plot. (Though I like that, too.)
What "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" is truly successful at is in demonstrating the malleable nature of identity and how circumstances and need can forever alter who a person is, which can be something of a surprise even to themselves.
"Prayer for Mad Sweeney" works well as a standalone episode, though its placement as the penultimate episode of American Gods: Season 1 is a bit curious.
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