American Gods Has Released Some New Character Spotlights

American Gods released five new character spotlights recently. The show is getting close to the release date of April 30. The five new character spotlights focus on a few of the important (and most interesting) characters in the showEveryone in the character spotlights plays a big role in the novel, but Bilquis. So it will be interesting to see why they pay so much attention to her and why she’s in eight episodes of the show.

The most recent spotlight to be released was Bilquis’ played by Yetide Badaki (Aquarius, Masters of Sex). In the novel that the show is based on, the book will spend a chapter sometimes showing us what some of the other gods are doing, and how they are adjusting to the new world. The first chapter where this happens is about Bilquis. She promises to give the best sex if the man will “praise her” while they do it. The chapter ends on a very interesting visual and I’m interested to see how they’re going to do it in the show. The guy basically gets pulls into her.


Laura Moon was one of the most interesting characters to me, and she’s being played by an actress who’s starred in a couple of favorite movies, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, A Series of Unfortunate Events movie). Laura is dead at the beginning of the book. It’s the whole reason why Shadow is getting released from jail early. Shadow soon finds out that she died while giving another man a blowjob. Laura comes back to life and constantly visits Shadow through the book. She even starts to decay as the story goes on. I’m glad to see her playing a big role in the show.

Mad Sweeney, being played by Pablo Schreiber (13 hours, Orange is the New Black), is the person who helps convince Shadow to work for Mr. Wednesday in a way. Shadow meets him in a bar and Sweeney warns him about Wednesday and all the things that will happen if he works for him. Shadow has always been interested in coin tricks so when Sweeney can make gold coins appear (because he’s a leprechaun) he’s instantly interested. Mad is a character who is angry at the representation of leprechauns, he’s usually drinking, and he’s eager to start fights. He was a good introduction to what kind of world Shadow was stepping into.

Shadow is the protagonist of American Gods. He’s being played by Ricky Whittle (Hollyoaks, The 100). He’s an interesting character who goes through a lot of twists and turns throughout the book. I remember loving his view on the world. It was an interesting take and he explains that he got this point of view from his time in prison. Shadow isn’t isn’t his real name. It’s what people started calling him prison, and he liked it. I love how he interacts with people and can’t wait to see him do his coin tricks.

Mr. Wednesday is the character who has me interested the most. He’s to be played by the amazing Ian McShane (John Wick, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). I remember reading the book and doing research to try and figure which god Wednesday was. I learned a lot from researching the book and it added to my experience. Wednesday is the one who starts Shadows adventure, all by asking him to become his bodyguard. Shadow doesn’t fully understand what he’s signed himself up for, but quickly learns that he’s not working for any ordinary gentleman.

I highly recommend for everyone to read the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It’s a fantastic book and really has me excited to watch the show. The show starts airing on STARZ on April 30th.

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