American Gods - Season 1, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

A Prayer for Mad Sweeney



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.

Episode Info

After an over-too-quickly reunion with Shadow, Laura joins an unlikely travel companion on the road back to life and back to Shadow. Mad Sweeney's long, often tragic past is explored.


Ricky Whittle
as Shadow Moon
Emily Browning
as Laura Moon
Ian McShane
as Mr. Wednesday
Pablo Schreiber
as Mad Sweeney
Bruce Langley
as Technical Boy
Crispin Glover
as Mr. World
Orlando Jones
as Mr. Nancy
Jonathan Tucker
as Low Key Lyesmith
Cloris Leachman
as Zorya Vechernyaya
Peter Stormare
as Czernobog
Demore Barnes
as Mr. Ibis
Mousa Kraish
as The Jinn
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Critic reviews for A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

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.

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

November 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Personally, I am enjoying American Gods' meanderings more than I am the central plot. (Though I like that, too.)

June 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

"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.

June 12, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

All in all, a lot of meandering that fails to build much of an appetite for next week's episode which is, after all, the finale of this first season.

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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