NYCC 2018 American Gods Season 2 Trailer and Panel
The gods were smiling upon the occupants of the Hammerstein Ballroom at 2018 New York Comic-Con, when an excited crowd was greeted by the massive cast of the Starz series, American Gods. Accompanied by American Gods author Neil Gaiman, the cast was there to give us a first look at the much anticipated second season of the show.
Before any guests were brought out, we were treated to the first trailer for the new season of American Gods. In it we got our first look at some really exciting scenes, including the House on the Rock carousel which plays a crucial part in the source novel. We are also teased with scenes featuring returning characters like Mr. Nancy, Mad Sweeney, and Mr. World, as well as getting a peek at the true god-like form of Mr. Wednesday.
Panel moderator Patton Oswalt then took the stage to introduce the cast, of which there were 10 in attendance (plus the shaggy-haired writer). Taking the stage were Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), Omid Abtahi (Salim), Mousa Kraish (The Jinn), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), and Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon). Whittle’s entrance was by far the most spectacular, with him foregoing the stage for a run through the audience with his phone out capturing the excitement.
Absent from the panel was Ian McShane, who plays the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, but Gaiman offered an explanation as to his truancy: “Ian McShane sends his apologies, he wishes he could be here, but as he’s explained to me in a text, they are just zapping kidney stones which he will then be pissing out.” A more classic Ian McShane quote surely does not exist.
The question on everyone’s mind though is what should we expect from this upcoming season?
“Season 2 is going to begin just a few short hours [after the first season], and everything is going to get both better, and worse,” Gaiman offered the eager crowd. “The first place we are all headed is the House on the Rock.”
Aside from that, the scribe did break the news that, for those familiar with the novel, we will not be reaching Lakeside this season. However, we will reach Cairo, Illinois, as well as a certain funeral home. Additionally, we will join Laura and Mad Sweeney as they enjoy an adventure together, though no hints were given as to what is the nature of the trip. There were also evidently be an episode that takes place primarily in the 1930’s, which will showcase the origins of the Technical Boy, when he was still a lowly Telephone Boy. More than anything Gaiman wanted to emphasize that things are about to get a lot worse for everyone.
There were a lot of laughs at the panel, some stemming from Whittle and Browning jokingly sparring about their on-screen relationship, others from Langley’s uncanny ability to speak at a tremendous speed while communicating incredibly detailed and intelligent answers. There was also an incredible impromptu display by Whittle, who perfectly recreated what it was like for him having to act on a green screen set. But aside from jokes, details about the new season were kept to an understandable hush.
In watching the cast of American Gods entertain their fans and discuss how glad they are to be in a show that portrays different cultures well and gives women and people of color an opportunity to shine, what stood out to this writer was the magnanimous spirit of Neil Gaiman. During the fan Q&A portion towards the end of the panel, the cast was answering a question going one by one, frequently getting sidetracked to tell stories and jokes. Gaiman perhaps sensed that the time of the panel was drawing to a close and that the dozens of fans lined up to ask questions were not going to get to the front. So as the panelists spoke, Gaiman very quietly sneaked to the front of the stage and began signing posters and books for the fans in line. A simple and beautiful gesture that was not necessary, but made all the difference for those con-goers.
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