TV Review: American Gods (Season 1, Episode 8)
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The finale of American Gods manages to add to the tension that the series has built and ends with anticipation for what will come next. The episode opens with a return from Mr Nancy, a character much adored (even if just by me) when he first appeared at the beginning of the series. He’s as charismatic and eloquent as ever, and gives us the backstory to the mysterious Bilquis, the reverse birther that was first shown in the first ever episode. Although it seemed out of place in an already incoherent episode, it is in the eighth episode that her true identity is to be understood. Mr Nancy speaks of the changing of power and the destroyed altar that led to a queen at rock bottom – and there, she is susceptible to the influences of the New Gods. This is an instant which is paralleled with the introduction of Ostara, the Pagan Goddess of Spring, whom Wednesday manipulates and empowers to persuade her to his side in the upcoming war. Ostara is an important character in this episode, despite the fact she hasn’t been mentioned before. It’s her happy, yet gaudy home that the majority of the episode is set in.
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