7 Reasons Why American Gods is the New God of TV

American Gods is the must-watch television series of 2017. Imagine Games of Thrones meets Hannibal, but on acid.
Here’s seven spoiler-free reasons why it should be the ONLY show on your watch list:

1. THE MOST EYE-POPPING OPENING SCENE EVER

What transpires is a gore-fest of the most gruesome, eye-gauging, body-mutilating and limb decapitating kind you will ever experience on mainstream television. Not for the squeamish, but we loved every blood-soaked second of it.

2. MIND-BLOWING VISUALS

Mind Blowing Visuals

Part nightmare-filled horror, part demented fantasy, part dark comedy, American Gods is the most singularly striking and original visual treat you will witness on TV. Just picture this for a start: the walking dead carrying their severed limbs, henchmen without faces, tech wizardry that looks like a computer game created by a serial killer and animation sequences that literally hurt your eyes.


3. IAN MCSHANE

You loved his character in Deadwood, now Ian McShane brings us another iconic character in American Gods. McShane’s Mr. Wednesday is a self-confessed hustler, swindler, cheater and liar. McShane dominates every scene he is in, delivering a truly memorable performance that mixes charm, humour, terror and unpredictability.
 

4. IT TAKES NEIL GAIMAN’S NOVEL AND PACKS IN NEW SURPRISES


Packs In New Surprises

Series writers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green purposely created some big differences between the book and the TV series. Fans of the book will not be disappointed with how they’ve managed to take Gaiman’s story, expand on it and modernise it for TV. This bigger, broader canvas has allowed them to add in many additions, changes and surprises.


5. AUSTRALIA’S EMILY BROWNING

Melbourne born Emily Browning who plays Laura Moon is a star on the rise. From Australian TV series like Blue Heelers to her breakthrough role in the horror film Ghost Ship, Browning has captured rave reviews. Neil Gaiman told Entertainment Weekly, "I've been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series of Unfortunate Events. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page."


6. IT GIVES NORSE GODS AND ICELANDIC MYTHOLOGY A COOL SPIN.

Mythology A Cool New Spin

The essence of American Gods is the impending war between the Old Gods and New Gods. The story’s inspiration came over 20 years ago, when author Neil Gaiman traveled to Iceland and became intrigued with Norse mythology: “All of these [Vikings] who came across, I bet they brought their gods with them.' And then I thought, 'but when they left, did they leave their gods behind?' And suddenly, in my head, I had a novel.”


7. THE WAY THEY HANDLE SEX

This headline says it all: “American Gods airs the most explicit gay sex scene in TV history” - Daily Mail. The most controversial of the series! That belongs to the character of Bilquis, the female God of sex and fertility. Her sex scenes are gobsmacking and require viewing more than once to grasp their head-spinning audacity.



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