Amazon broadcasts whole of American Gods… to the gods
James R | On 27, Jun 2017
Just when you think things can’t get any more outlandish than Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, along comes Amazon with a screening that takes the show to another level – specifically, the roof.
Amazon held a special overnight screening this week for the series, celebrating the arrival of the stunning finale on Amazon Prime Video, its exclusive home in the UK. The event broadcast the Gods to, well, the gods: the unusual screening played all eight episodes of Season 1 from dusk till dawn, beaming the show up into the heavens from the rooftops of the Tobacco Docks in London. Fortunately, Amazon being Amazon, had some spare drones to hand to capture it on tape:
If you’ve somehow been hiding under a rock for the last two months, the series follows Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday, the leader of Old Gods, and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Wednesday’s bodyguard, as they travel across America in a battle against modern society’s New Gods, including money, technology, celebrity, drugs and media (played by Gillian Anderson).
The show has already been commissioned for a second season, delivering on the promise of a bold cliffhanger at the end of Season 1. You can read our review of that final episode here.
Already seen American Gods? Amazon has also released a new behind-the-scenes video for the programme, looking back at the very first episode, including the creators talking about the infamous steamy prologue featuring Bilquis (Yetide Badaki).
“The first question they ask how are you going to that scene,” the showrunners say of fans of the book. “The answer is always as written like that… What we have with Yetide’s performance we get to celebrate an empoerwement of sexuality at the same time as we are creating this strange little horror movie for middle-aged white men.”
The good news is you don’t have to go up to a rooftop to see this video – it’s available right here:
Season 1 of American Gods is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription.