Sex, Pretty Lies, and American Gods: Fans Spread the Love

Fans remain calm — and hilarious — as full-frontal male nudity dominates the social chatter around episode "Head Full of Snow."

by | May 14, 2017 | Comments

Ricky Whittle in American Gods (Starz)


American Gods viewers took to social media to salute episode 3 as it unfurled. “Head Full of Snow” hopped from character to character, building toward the war Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) is orchestrating with the help of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle).


The high points of the episode included an introduction to old god Anubis (Chris Obi) and his sassy cat friend; the touching connection — and explicit sex scene — between a cab-driving Jinn and a down-on-his-luck salesman; as well as Mr. Wednesday’s sublime manipulations of gods and men.

The introduction of Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead, hit home for a lot of viewers, who contemplated getting a visit themselves and expressed big love for the cat’s contribution.

At Play with Some Old Gods

Shadow meets the third sister, Zorya Polunochnaya (Erika Kaar), who steals a kiss to see what it’s like and drops truths like: “You’d rather die than live in a world with bears in the sky.”

Shadow also challenges Czernobog (Peter Stormare) to a rematch — and wins his head back.

Meanwhile Mr. Wednesday makes the moves on Zorya Vechernyaya (Cloris Leachman).

Mad Sweeney’s Mad Bad Luck

Fannibals — fans of Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal — got a sweet treat when Scott Thompson showed up just in time to give Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) a ride.

Salim and the Jinn

In one of the most talked about vignettes, salesman Salim (Omid Abtahi) meets and makes a connection with a magical Jinn (Mousa Kraish) from the old country on a cab ride from his latest sales bust.

“If I could grant a wish, do you think I’d be driving a cab?” – The Jinn

(Read more about this scene in a Rotten Tomatoes interview: “American Gods Producers Reveal How Series Creates Those Graphic Sex Scenes.”)

Mr. Wednesday and Shadow’s Excellent Adventure

Mr. Wednesday drops some wit and wisdom on Shadow while planning a bank robbery. Shadow learns to use his own powers to create snow, but persists in questioning whether any of it is real.

Rude, Crude, and Dangerous to Know Mad Sweeney

Mad Sweeney drops in on Shadow and Wednesday at lunch, demanding Shadow return his lucky coin.


Back to the Heist…

Fans loved Mr. Wednesday’s cold-weather gear.

Back to the Road Trip…

On the road again following their successful bank heist, Mr. Wednesday works on Shadow’s doubt.

“You are pretending you cannot believe in impossible things,” he says.

And later: “The only thing that scares me is being forgotten. I can survive most things, but not that.”

Icing on the Cake: Dead Wife Shows Up

Laura Moon appears at the end of the episode to further blow Shadow’s mind.

American Gods airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Starz. Watch our video interviews with the cast here and read our full interview with Fuller and Green.


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