The first season of Starz's American Gods only covered about one third of Neil Gaiman's novel, according to the author, so fans are expecting a lot of stuff to go down in Season 2, which was just teased at the show's NYCC panel this afternoon. The event was hosted by long-time Gaiman fan and comedian Patton Oswalt, and featured cast members Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Bruce Langley, Orlando Jones, Crispin Glover, along with Yetide Badaki, Mousa Kraish, and Demore Barnes. Ian McShane was not able to join the panel.
The latest Season 2 trailer for American Gods moves fast and teases some major threats from the New Gods. Crispin Glover's Mr. World gives Mr. Town a mission to track down Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and find out what he knows about Mr. Wednesday's (Ian McShane) mysterious plan. It looks like Town has some pretty effective ways of getting information, which may help him get to the bottom of the mystery a lot sooner than originally thought.
American Gods hit a production snag early last month when it was revealed that new showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over from original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, was let go. The show was delayed six weeks and was forced into hiatus, but is once again filming in Toronto. Alexander's scripts for the Season 2 finale kept getting rejected by the network, which was the main reason that he was let go from the project. It's been reported that Alexander turned in seven drafts of the script, all of which were deemed unacceptable. However, it seems that everything is back on track for the time being.
The American Gods series was first put into development in 2011 with HBO. But, Neil Gaiman and the network were not able to agree about the script for the first season, so it was announced in 2013 that the show was still happening, just not with HBO anymore. It was later announced in the summer of 2014 that Starz had picked up the series in hopes to have it released by late 2016, which later turned into April of 2017. Gaiman has said that he has ideas to move forward should the show end up passing his source material.
As for when we'll be able to see Season 2 of American Gods, that remains a mystery at this time. The production delay may have pushed the new season to sometime in 2019, two years after the first season. With that being said, they are working on the season finale at this time, and will more than likely go back to Toronto to finish after the NYCC festivities. While fans have a while to wait before they lay eyes on the next season of American Gods, we can at least check out the epic NYCC trailer below, thanks to the Starz YouTube channel.