TV Review: American Gods (Season 1, Episode 7)
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The newest episode of American Gods plays the past and the present of Mad Sweeney as he and Laura road trip across Wisconsin. Like all episodes of American Gods, the history is just as important as the present – and this past draws the lives of Sweeney and the Moon family together tightly. Emily Browning takes on the role of Essie, her ancestor, who experiences love and betrayal at the hands of someone of a higher status than her. Accused of theft and using her ‘feminine wiles’ to remain in England, Essie becomes an actual thief and leaves gifts to the fae folk – this is how she meets Sweeney. The past is sliced up by the present, and succeeds in making these transitions smooth and inventive to watch. The parallels in the stories are obvious as they always are in American Gods, weaving this wonderful narrative that feels like they must have been fated – something that fits brilliantly into the dark mythology of this world. Laura and Essie’s adventures and mischief are portrayed as one in the same, emphasis this idea of family bond that is beyond more than just physical features and makes for a cohesive episode storyline.
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