‘American Gods’ featurette: ‘War is coming’ between the old and new gods [WATCH]

“Shadow is broken. His life is falling apart,” says Neil Gaiman about the lead character in the new Starz series “American Gods.” Gaiman is an executive producer of the dark fantasy drama, which is based on his own novel about Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle), who is released from prison only to find himself thrust into the middle of a war between the old gods and new gods. Gaiman discusses the series in a new featurette along with his fellow producers Michael Green and Bryan Fuller and star Whittle. Watch it above.

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“Shadow Moon thought he knew how the world worked, but he comes to meet Mr. Wednesday and finds out that gods exist, and they are walking around the Earth with us,” says Green. Mr. Wednesday is played by Emmy nominated “Deadwood” star Ian McShane, and he’s recruiting other gods across the country to join his cause. Fuller explains, “The old gods and new gods have the same power source, which is worship.” But our worship has shifted from Biblical and mythical deities to secular things like technology, money, media and fame. And now “war is coming,” according to Gaiman.

Shadow starts to fear that he’s losing his mind, but as Mr. Wednesday says, “There are bigger sacrifices one might be asked to make than going a little mad.” Are you prepared to bow down before the altar of “American Gods” when it premieres on Starz on April 30? Watch the new featurette above, comment below, and make sure to join the discussion on this and more with your fellow TV worshipers in our forums.

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