American Gods: Season 3   Books Included 
March 31, 2021 2:56 PM - Season 3 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Shadow Moon moves to Lakeside, Wisconsin under a new name to hide.
posted by porpoise (8 comments total)
Show cancelled before wrapping up the story.

I thought that the third season tried to come back around to the source material, and some of the extra bits were kind of interesting, but it lost all momentum over the second season and just lost its way.

It's been a long time since I read the novel, but I can't really see enough material left for an actual fourth season. A special/ movie would be enough to finish it off but unless a deal gets made right quick the cast is going to drift away.

Should have taken season 3 as a blessing and just finished the theme off instead of (irrationally) hoping for a 4th.

Did appreciate that Lakewood was resolved, but it captured very little of the nuance of the original storyline.
posted by porpoise at 3:08 PM on March 31, 2021

Is it worth watching S3? Anywhere as good as S1 or as bad as S2?
posted by Marticus at 6:11 PM on March 31, 2021

I enjoyed this season. A lot more than last season.
posted by fimbulvetr at 6:21 PM on March 31, 2021

Same camp as fimbulvetr, but given that the show doesn't conclude - if you've not read the novel, I wouldn't bother. If you have and like the visuals, it's only 10 episodes.

Unless you're a fan of Laura Moon or the actress, who has an expanded role. Or if you like Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton from GoT) for some reason. Danny Trejo, Denis O'Hare, and Crispin Glover have cameos.

Not enough Salim and not nearly enough Ms. World.

I enjoyed S1 mostly because of its promise and the premise of the source material. S3 completely lacks the former and not enough of the later.
posted by porpoise at 9:34 PM on March 31, 2021

So, yeah, I was trying to post episode-by-episode and just kind of ... lost interest. I finally watched ep 7 yesterday, and will try to finish off the last three just to be a completest.

The whole show had such promise, but with all the drama with show runners, cast, etc - and trying to stretch a shorter novel to multiple seasons - it went off the rails quickly. Something shifted with Starz, too - this could have been one of their tentpole series, like Outlander - but the network feels on a downswing.

Maybe some day someone will take the best elements of this series and make a tighter adaptation of the book, and throw it up on Prime or Netflix.
posted by jazon at 6:21 AM on April 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

At least season 3 gave us the second hottest sex scene of the show. The one in the first season tops them all though. It was ON FIRE.
posted by Catblack at 11:47 AM on April 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

I hope one day we get a documentary about all the drama going on behind the scenes of this series; that’s gonna be way more entertaining than the show itself.
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:23 AM on April 6, 2021

My partner, who hasn't read the books, is definitely enjoying this season the most. Season 1 was just confusing, though beautiful, as if Fuller had decided that the art was the thing that had worked about Hannibal and pushed down on that pedal. Season two was a bit more straightforward, but plodding and some cast changes were not for the better (it's hard to replace Gillian Anderson). This season (so far, we're at ep seven) has just seemed more engaging, and the lower stakes and continuity the small town provides gives you a little bit more to hold on to, even as the god stuff happens around it. And Mr Wednesday's new driver is having such fun with the role its infectious.

I hear Mr Gaiman is shopping around for another home to finish it off.
posted by Sparx at 4:34 PM on April 7, 2021

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