By Ryan Keating-Lambert

★★★☆☆

SPOILERS.

American Gods yanks us away from the main plot again to fill us in on the backstory of Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) . Not a particularly rewarding or relevant episode. It’s time that things got back on track, but next week is the finale… already?

It’s hard to get into this episode due to the fact it would probably work quite well as a stand alone thing, but in the context of the series, it’s just tedious. The show already took a bit of a step back with Episode 4, when they dedicated an entire episode to Laura’s backstory. Feels like everything is just going a bit backwards lately.

This ‘Coming to America’ style episode focuses almost entirely on the background of the leprechaun Mad Sweeney and Irish immigrant Essie MacGowan (another role for Emily Browning). It’s interesting, but the show is in desperate need of getting back to the war side of things now. Let’s get to the ‘House on the Rock’ and get this show on the road.

At least we now understand Mad Sweeney and his boundless rage a little more, and why he put the coin back in Laura after the accident. He’s obviously harbouring some kind of feeling for her as she reminds him of Essie.

The finale is next week, but what can we expect? We know that the crew still has to meet Easter, who played a significant part in the show’s marketing campaign but still hasn’t made an appearance. Perhaps she was the one responsible for that rabbit incident? Maybe we’ll finally get to see the big meet-up in Wisconsin? Who knows. Either way, the wait for next season is going to be quite long. Will it be worth it?

It’s a fantastic show. Well, it was in the beginning… Most television adaptations of books use these episodes to take their time and flesh out sub plots, and really build their characters. American Gods is fleshing out the unnecessary.

Photo: BWA Crew

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