***Spoilers for American Gods, Episode 3 follow***
The first Starz preview of American Gods‘ Episode 3, “Head Full of Snow” is a quick tease with the usual gorgeous visuals, featuring Ricky Whittle’s Shadow with Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday; Wednesday speaking with Zorya Vechernyaya (Cloris Leachman), and the return of that leprechaun everyone’s so fascinated by, aka Pablo Schreiber’s Mad Sweeney. But, it’s missing a couple very important things, and we’ll discuss that right after you take a peek.
First, I’ll tell you what I got excited over; I thought this might be our first shot of Jeremy Davies’ Jesus,
but a closer look reveals it’s more likely Laura Moon (Emily Browning).
It might not matter that it’s snowing on Zorya and Wednesday, but it sure is pretty.
So, what’s missing?
It’s not Mad Sweeney or his consistently dropping coins …
… but, we are getting
Remember this guy from last week? He met with Wednesday at the diner, and he’s called the Jinn (Mousa Kraish).
And, perhaps you recall last episode, seeing a penis or two? Well, apparently that’s not the only surprise dick this season, because Episode 3 finds Jinn utterly naked with Salim (Omid Abtahi), and in the middle of what’s been described by Neil Gaiman as “the best gay porn I’ve ever watched”, and about which Bryan Fuller said:
… the beauty of that sex scene, which was not a small feat for two gay Muslim characters to have a beautiful, sophistical, sexual experience and what it was like for us to visually give you an idea of what it’s like to take a god inside you. I felt like it was a wonderful metaphor for a religious experience.”
As for Kraish, who “had never so much as kissed” another actor onscreen before, he’s pretty psyched about the scene which he reviewed himself:
I was like, ‘Awesome!’ I got penis approval.”
The last little tidbit missing from this promo involves another two characters kissing; the same ones who appear to be arguing at its beginning. That’s right, my friends; Mr. Wednesday and a certain Evening Star will make up and smooch. Wouldn’t you know, Ian McShane kissed and told,
She’s an old goddess he loved. She was 90 when we shot. And when I kissed her, she said, ‘Is that it? What, no tongue?‘”
You guys, this being Cloris — who turned 90 while filming was ongoing — asked for her birthday cake to read: “I’m fucking 90!”. Bryan Fuller said, of course, he had that exact cake brought to her. The story goes that Leachman looked at it and said,
I’m f**king 90. Fuck me, I’m 90!Seriously, line up the crew! Get them in here to fuck me. And start with the cute ones!”
Fuller joked that he did just that.
American Gods airs on Starz.