American Gods (2017 – Present) – S01E03 “Head Full of Snow” Review

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This episode starts off right where episode two ended; right after the checkers game with Czernobog (Peter Stormare). After betting on his own life, and then losing, Shadow (Ricky Whittle) wakes up and decides to use the fire escape to head to the roof. Here he is confronted with the third Zorya sister, Zorya Polunochnaya (Erika Kaar). Here they discuss an inevitable threat that is going to destroy the world (eventually), and also Shadow’s lack of faith in anything. She reads his fortune, and literally plucks the moon for him as a gift. This is in the guise of a silver coin that is meant for a protection of sorts. She also makes a note of pointing out that he gave away his last gift like this, and that this would be his last one.

After the conversation Shadow gains more of a backbone and decides to rechallenge Czernobog to a rematch. Essentially goading him with the realisation that he hasn’t lifted his hammer in a long time, and that it may take 2 strikes to kill him. Clearly getting under his skin, Czernobog accepts the challenge. If Shadow wins, it means that Czernobog will indeed follow Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) to his destination.

Once Shadow and Wednesday leave the apartment, Wednesday decides to put Shadow in an uncomfortable situation by telling him they are going to rob a bank. This shakes Shadow up a bit considering he has only been out from behind bars for a short time, and should he be caught this would only spell trouble for him. The whole plan relies on Shadow creating a snow storm purely by thinking about it, which will in turn shut down the city. Wednesday seizes the moment by posing as a security worker and telling people that the ATM and night safe are currently out of order, and then taking their items from them.

All while this is going on, Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) finds himself down on his luck. He realises that his lucky coin had accidentally been given to Shadow. The same coin he threw on to Laura’s (Emily Browning) grave. He tracks Shadow down whilst he is travelling with Wednesday and demands he give the coin back. Shadow points out the impossibility of this, and also where he can find the coin should he want to retrieve it. He heads there immediately and digs up to coffin, only to find a coin sized hole in the lid and no corpse.

Cut back to Shadow as he is entering his motel room. He swings the door open to see Laura sitting at the end of his bed. We get a “Hello Puppy” from Laura and a deservedly shocked look from Shadow right as the episode cuts to black.

There was quite a lot going on in this episode, but with that in mind it is not quite nearly as in your face as the previous two. It is not bad to have a quieter episode here-and-there in order to let the viewer have a breather from events that have transpired. I do feel the pacing of this episode was a little of comparatively, but still an all-round great episode.

Check out the promo for episode three below:

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