Comedian Patton Oswalt moderated a panel for American Gods Season 2 with Neil Gaiman, executive producer of and author of the novel on which the Starz fantasy series is based, and cast members Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Omid Abtahi, Mousa Kraish and Demore Barnes at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom as part of New York Comic Con on Friday. Ian McShane couldn't make it because he was getting kidney stones removed, Gaiman said. Fans came hoping to be assuaged that the long-awaited second season is not a train wreck despite reports to the contrary. And they seemed to be, judging by the reaction in the room to the new trailer.
The teaser looked like it met the high visual production value of Season 1. It showed the Old Gods all sharing a dinner table, Ricky Whittle looking good in a lavender shirt and, most excitingly, Mr. Wednesday (McShane) going full Odin in a Marvelesque special effects shot with a cloud of purple lightning swirling around him.
Gaiman teased what's coming up in Season 2 by saying, "Everything is going to get better and worse." He said that the premiere picks up shortly after the Season 1 finale, in which the Old Gods made their presence known by plunging America into a drought. They'll be heading to the House on the Rock in Wisconsin, a real tourist attraction that figures heavily into Gaiman's story. He disclosed that the show will not make it to Lakeside, where the gods hold a summit, this season, but will make it to Cairo and a funeral home. And Mad Sweeney (Schreiber) and Laura Moon (Browning) will continue their own adventure.
Last month The Hollywood Reporter published a report that Season 2 showrunner Jesse Alexander has been unofficially taken off the show amid ballooning budgets, lackluster scripts and production delays. Producer Fremantle doesn't want to officially fire Alexander, however, because Season 1 showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller were fired over creative and financial disagreements with the studio. The behind-the-scenes drama didn't really come up, as the panel focused on fun stuff like whether the actors would side with the Old Gods or New, and especially how hot Ricky Whittle is.
American Gods Season 2 is coming to Starz in 2019.