I’ll be honest, I’m not terribly observant when I’m watching American Gods. It’s full of gorgeous images, stunning techniques and outstanding performances, so I tend to sit back and let it all wash over me. But maybe I need to start watching more carefully, because we’re only three episodes in and people are already noticing connections and callbacks.
After episode three, “Head Full Of Snow,” aired on Sunday, a lot of the conversation has been around that hot and heavy “Somewhere in America” scene. You know the one, with the salesman and the Jinn. And deservedly so - great care was taken to make it romantic and authentic, or as authentic as sex with a mythical fire creature can be. For more information on that groundbreaking scene, you can read CBR’s discussion with co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green here.
But our own eagle-eyed Genevieve Burgess noticed that we’ve seen the Jinn before - and in Salim’s suit!
In episode two, Shadow passes a fiery-eyed gentleman in a sharp blue suit on his way to meet Mr. Wednesday in a diner. That suit would be the one that the Jinn took from Salim after their hotel tryst in episode three - situating that scene as occurring before the diner scene in the previous episode. The show is comfortable with flashbacks, as the “Somewhere in America” vignettes prove, but this is the first time we’ve seen a direct callback to one. And based on the preview for next week’s episode, Laura Moon is going to encounter a certain Egyptian god we first met in episode three as well.
One thing I did manage to catch in this episode is the deepening mystery around the coin Shadow won off Mad Sweeney in the bar brawl. We all saw it sink into Laura’s grave at the end of the first episode (weird!). Now we learn that it was Mad Sweeney’s special lucky coin… because his luck has seriously tanked since losing it. (By the way, has anyone ever been as unimpressed as Sweeney was after seeing a giant pipe go through Scott Thompson’s head?)
But perhaps the coin has another significance. When Shadow meets the nocturnal Zorya Polunochnaya, she plucks the moon from the sky in the form of a coin. As she hands it to him, she says, “You have been given protection once. You had the sun itself. I can give you the moon. It’s the daughter, not the father.” Does that mean that Mad Sweeney’s lucky coin is the sun? Is it a form of protection? What does this have to do with the coin-sized hole burned through Laura’s casket, and her return from the dead?
And when are we going to see Mr. Nancy again?
Three episodes in, and we’ve already got a lot of questions that need answering.