American Gods were canceled at the end of March after three seasons, leaving fans all over the world very sad. The show’s most recent season premiered in January and ended with a huge cliffhanger, which makes the show’s abrupt ending a little upsetting for longtime fans. Neil Gaiman, the author of the book that inspired the TV show, has told fans that the show is “definitely not dead,” but it’s just looking for a new home.
Why Was The Fourth Season Of American Gods Cancelled?
With its bold fantasy vision and star-studded cast, the first season of American Gods drew a lot of attention. But behind the scenes drama hampered the show. When Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were still planning the second season, they were fired, reportedly because they disagreed with the production company Fremantle about the show’s budget. The duo was replaced by Jesse Alexander, but it wasn’t smooth sailing from there. Instead, the show only got rougher as it made it’s way back to our screens. Season two of American Gods had to be put on hold because of problems between Fremantle and US broadcaster Starz over a rising budget and last-minute changes to the show.
When the second season finally came out, it didn’t get great reviews from critics, who thought the show had gotten worse. American Gods caused more controversy during the break between seasons two and three, when the story shifted to Shadow Moon’s time living in Lakeside, which led to the death of some of the cast. Charles H Eglee was chosen to be the fourth showrunner for the fantasy drama and he proved to be a steady pair of hands. He helped the show get better reviews from critics. With viewership going down and a lot of problems behind the scenes, it’s not surprising that Starz didn’t want to keep the show going for a second season.
When the sophomore effort was released, it was met with a mixed reception from critics who felt the show’s quality had deteriorated. During the intermission between seasons two and three of American Gods, the focus turned to Shadow Moon’s time in Lakeside, resulting in the departure of several members of the cast. Four showrunners were recruited for the fantasy drama and Charles H Eglee showed himself to be a stable set of hands, directing the production towards an improved critical reaction. With the show’s viewership on the decline and a host of issues to deal with, it’s not unexpected that Starz decided not to renew it for a second season.
Is There Any Chance American Gods Will Come?
A lot of American Gods fans have been wondering if the program could be revived somewhere else after its cancellation by Starz. “It’s definitely not dead,” writer Neil Gaiman said on Twitter. “I’m grateful to the team at Starz for the American Gods journey so far. Fremantle (who make AG) is committed to finishing the story that began in episode one, and right now we’re all just waiting to see which way forward is best, and who it’ll be with.” In addition, a Fremantle representative said (via Deadline): “Fremantle is committed to completing the epic journey that is American Gods, one of TV’s most inclusive series with the most amazing fans across the globe. With Neil Gaiman and this fantastic cast and crew, we are exploring all options to continue to tell this magnificent story.”
A feature-length episode or even an event series revival of American Gods is possible, but no networks or streaming services have said they are interested in continuing the narrative. Whenever we get fresh information, we’ll post it on this page.
American Gods Season 4 Expected Cast
- Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon/Mike Ainsel
- Emily Browning as Laura Moon
- Yetide Badaki as Bilquis
- Bruce Langley as Technical Boy
- Omid Abtahi as Salim
- Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday,
- Crispin Glover as Mr. World
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American Gods Season 4 Expected Plotline
The death of Shadow on Yggdrasil may appear to be a definitive conclusion to American Gods, considering that he is the show’s protagonist; nevertheless, Gaiman’s novel does not conclude with the sacrifice on Yggdrasil. Continuing the war between the Old Gods and the New Gods, Shadow is resurrected in the story’s original version. The storm that develops after Mr. Wednesday’s body is discovered teases that the worst chapter of the story is still to come, and with multiple mysteries still unsolved, it’s evident that this isn’t the end of the story.
Despite the fact that Starz has canceled American Gods, author Neil Gaiman (who also serves as an executive producer) has stated that the show is “definitely not dead,” and the show’s production company, Fremantle, has stated that “we are exploring all options to continue to tell this magnificent story.” It has been reported by Deadline that either Amazon or Netflix might potentially pick up the fourth season of American Gods; Amazon already distributes the show abroad, and Netflix is producing a television series based on another of Gaiman’s novels, The Sandman. While American Gods’ low ratings on Starz are believed to have contributed to the decision to terminate the series, the show might potentially reach a larger audience if it were to move to one of these major streaming platforms.
According to Gaiman, the initial intention for American Gods was to adapt the plot over the course of five seasons on television. Because of the show’s cancellation by Starz and the critiques leveled about its pacing, it may be preferable if American Gods season 4 thoroughly wraps up the tale and brings it to a satisfactory end.
American Gods Season 4 Trailer
Although the trailer has not yet come, we have provided a trailer from the previous season in its place.