Even the new technology gods and the old gods couldn’t save Starz’s American Gods.
As expected, with the carousel of showrunners and actors in three seasons, American Gods couldn’t find its proper footing despite being based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. Essentially, its time is up.
With its season three finale on March 21, it leaves a cliffhanger that moves to the pivotal point in Gaiman’s book. The character Shadow Moon made a sacrifice at the mythical Tree of Life, which results in a resurgence and showdown with the new technology gods for season four.
Without a season four now, there’s no proper sendoff for the dedicated films of the series.
The current series stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, and Crispin Glover.
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However, Deadline hears there is a possibility for a television movie to wrap up the events of Gaiman’s novel. Despite these rumors, it is an unlikely scenario with declining ratings, scheduling, and even with production. Certain movie franchises never received a proper conclusion, including any follow-ups to The Golden Compass or Divergent series. It’s likely the television movie for American Gods will never see the light of day.
“Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country,” a Starz spokesperson told Deadline.
In 2017, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were the showrunners for the inaugural season. For season two, Jesse Alexander took over the vision for the series after numerous delays on the production. But, actors Pablo Schreiber, Mousa Kraish, and Orlando Jones didn’t return for season three.
Whittle (Shadow Moon) responded to the news of the cancellation on Twitter.
“This has been an amazing journey thus far and I am so grateful to my fellow cast and crew who have worked so hard on this award-winning show,” he wrote. “We have the best fans around the world and thank each of you for your passion and support, so know that Neil Gaiman, Fremantle, myself, and the cast are still completing Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed story.”
— Ricky Whittle (@MrRickyWhittle) March 30, 2021
All three seasons are now available to binge on Starz.