American Gods Season 3 will premiere on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 8 PM ET/PT on STARZ in the U.S., also airing on Amazon Prime Video internationally starting Monday, January 11.
Creator and executive producer Neil Gaiman — the Godsfather himself — released the following letter about what to expect from the upcoming season, addressed to fans of the novel and series.
Neil Gaiman says: “Everything you wanted to know about when American Gods Series 3 is starting in the US. (I’ve seen finished cuts of the first 4 episodes and rough cuts of all of them. It’s really good.) (And it starts internationally the following day.)” You can read the full letter below.
When we embarked upon making Season Three of American Gods, we had no idea how timely it would turn out to be. We knew we wanted to return to what people loved and responded to in the book: that it was time for Shadow to go to the little town of Lakeside and try to lose himself in normality.
And at the same time, in Season Three, we wanted to focus on the characters and their journeys. To show Shadow forging a path guided by the Gods of his ancestors, becoming more himself while deciding who he is and what side he’s on — humanity’s or that of the Gods. We knew also that we wanted to continue to root the show in the landscapes of America. To explore what “America” means to its people and to talk about immigrants — about the very different people who came to this remarkable land and brought their gods with them. The new gods of phone and app and glitter demand our attention and our love, and the old gods want to mean something again.
America must be for all of us, and American Gods must reflect that. This season truly feels as if it does. It’s full of drama and emotion, the very real and the utterly strange, and it features some of the finest performances the show has yet seen. It brings back favorite characters, some in remarkable new ways, and we will encounter people and gods we’ve never met before. I’m proud of our brilliant cast — of Ricky and Emily, of Yetide and Ian, Bruce, Demore, Omid and all the rest — and of what the writers have done to bring the story back on track.
The struggles of the gods and the people in Season Three of American Gods are the struggles of America. We didn’t think it would prove as timely when we plotted it, nor did I think the novel would still be relevant when I wrote it over 20 years ago. But I’m glad it’s happening now, in a year when it feels as though diverse stories are being heard, and honored, and allowed to change the future.
Accompanying the letter, Neil Gaiman teased the premiere date with an image of the Lakeside Clunker Board from Hinzelmann’s shop, which fans should recognize as a reference from his international best-selling book.
In American Gods Season 3, Shadow angrily pushes this apparent destiny away, and settles in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin – to make his own path, guided by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas.
But he’ll soon discover that this town’s still waters run deep, and dark, and bloody, and that you don’t get to simply reject being a god. The only choice — and a choice you have to make — is what kind of god you’re going to be.
The American Gods cast also includes Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr. World, Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys, Waco) as Mr. Ibis, Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, The Order) as Sam Black Crow, Blythe Danner (Huff, Will & Grace) as Demeter, and Marilyn Manson (Salem, Sons of Anarchy) as Johan Wengren.
Also starring are Julia Sweeney (Shrill, Saturday Night Live) as Hinzelmann, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, InHumans) as Liam Doyle, Danny Trejo (Machete) as Mr. World, Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break) as Czernobog, and Denis O’Hare (True Blood, Dallas Buyers Club) as Tyr.
Building up to premiere night, STARZ will hold a weekend marathon with the first two seasons of the fantasy series. American Gods season one binge will begin Saturday, January 9 at 12:00 PM ET/PT with the first eight episodes running back to back. On Sunday, January 10 starting at 12:20 PM ET/PT the binge continues, with all eight episodes of season two, serving as a runway for the season three premiere beginning at 8:00 PM ET/PT.