American Gods: Season 2 (2019)

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Season 2
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American Gods retains its bombastic style but loses its divine inspiration in a derivative second season that, after a change in show-runners and even some crucial cast members, feels like a false idol.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 346

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 10, 2019

Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2019

Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old God, Mr. Wednesday prepares for a great battle. Meanwhile, Laura and Mad Sweeney chase Shadow's diminishing light after he disappears.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2019

As he is tracked by Mr. World, Shadow makes his way to Cairo, thanks to a ride from Sam Black Crow. Mr. Wednesday slyly gains Laura's help in forging an alliance with a powerful god.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2019

While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis. Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2019

Steeped in Cairo's history, Shadow learns the ways of the dead with the help of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Nancy. In New Orleans, Mad Sweeney introduces Laura to old friends who share their world of voodoo healing.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2019

Shadow and Mr. Wednesday asks for Dvalin's help to restore the Gungnir spear.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2019

Mr. Wednesday gives the Gungnir spear to Shadow in Ciaro. Mad Sweeney recalls his journey through the ages.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2019

In the aftermath of Sweeney's death, Wednesday has disappeared, and Shadow is tormented. Those that remain witness the power o New Media as she is unleashed, and the nation is in a state of panic brought on by Mr. World.

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Critic Reviews for American Gods Season 2

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

American Gods is building to something - an apocalyptic clash of ideas about who we are, what we believe and what defines us. The thing is: It's looking to be a long trip... But man, the scenery is pretty.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…
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After all the work done to keep the show going - and the very real risk it might not keep going - one would hope for more onscreen urgency. Instead, it just continues on, as if nothing changed and nothing will.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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I can't entirely despise a TV show where Peter Stormare plays a Slavic deathlord who gleefully mumbles, "I am cancer!" But consider yourself warned: Do not worship false Gods.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The series has lost some of the visual flair that helpfully contrasted with the material's most languid, expository moments.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

What it lacks in terms of general drive, or things happening, it makes up for in ethereal tone.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

This season gives the feeling that it is the result of a process of forced readjustment. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

With gorgeous visuals, a compelling ensemble, and an intriguing blend of old and new, the journey of American Gods feels truly unlike anything else on television at the moment.

Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall, the series doesn't quite pack the same punch as the first, but still is in the spirit of Neil Gaiman's original work.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The frenetic, kinetic punk/anarchic sci-fi fantasy aspects, accentuated during the industrial toxic neon intro credits, combined with digital flies and spiders, is odd, redolent and alluring.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

In its current form, this show plays like an Instagram-ready cupcake: layers of decorative frosting with nothing substantial at its core.

Feb 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

American Gods is missing the magic of its provocative first season, but the cast remains as compelling as ever.

Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

American Gods' main character is a backseat passenger in his own story.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Gods: Season 2

  • 1d ago
    It was just bland and boring. No fire, no tension just plain boring. Wish they'd bring back Orlando's Anansi
  • Oct 01, 2020
    The show have an innocent way to conceive his story, the critic to the new modern religions is grotesque in is formalization but you know what: it works. This Amazon products performs showing how gods are moved with others concepts than humans and the modern ones are as disturbing as it needs to be really mind-blowing (special mention to Gillian Anderson). In American Gods, what happen is everything, except the story. Every move, every sentence can send you to an amazing history where at the end, you are amazed by his beauty and how pointless it was. This show performs in his visuals, mixing with genius image with feelings, terrestrial with magical... but at the expense of the main story, too focused on its own beauty.
  • Aug 18, 2020
    1st season was fantastic, 2nd season a garble of nonsense, the writing was all over the place the directing mediocre.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    Aunque siempre es lenta, mantiene el interés por saber que pasará.
  • May 12, 2020
    Such a disappointment after the pretty good season 1. It lost its way - the character development element was largely lost, replaced by psychedic trippy sequences that just went on way too long, and didn't really explain anything. I ended up only caring about Mad Sweeney and Laura - the other characters built up in the first series were largely wasted and I stopped caring about them, or why they were doing what they were doing. A real struggle to get to the end, and then I didn't care.
  • Mar 21, 2020
    Loved the first season, but even with the same great cast and hilarious Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, it was just talk, talk, talk that seemed to be going nowhere. Usually it takes a couple of seasons for a show to jump the shark like this. Shocking.
  • Dec 21, 2019
    American Gods Season 2 doesn't hold the same bewilderment as the first, but its still a fascinating story with great cinematography, music and characters. Filled with mysteries, this winding narrative of warring gods is still worth the watch. Bring on season 3. Four mad leprechauns out of five.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    It feels great to reunite with the gods & it's still beautifull to look at. But the story doesn't progress much as the topic of racism in America is heavy handed to us.
  • Nov 07, 2019
    The show is American exceptiomalism personified as a show much as the gods in this show.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Continuing the story from season 1, much of the stellar locations and risky filmmaking make season 2 shine. Definitely the plot of season 2 wasn't as fine tuned as season 1. hopefully season 3 redeems it instead of pushes it further downward.

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