If you thought you had an idea as to where this season was going, American Gods Season 1 Episode 4, “Git Gone,” took a momentary detour from that path. We get to delve into the character of Laura Moon, Shadow’s wife and the woman we all thought was dead from a car crash. We’re at the halfway point of the season and, though this episode was appreciated, I can’t help but wonder how the rest of the show will go. There are a lot of questions to answer and not as much time to answer them.
Perception Of Laura Moon
I came into this episode wanting to like Laura. I had no reason to think that I wouldn’t like her. From the little bits we got of her up to now, I was ready to see why Shadow loved her so much. Now that I’ve watched the whole thing, I’m not pondering about how I feel at all.
Laura Moon is a terrible person, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. She doesn’t deserve to be with Shadow, and Shadow most definitely can do way better than her. The whole reason she died in the first place was because she made a promise that she couldn’t keep and she was cheating on him with his best friend.
I want to be able to like her, and she does have some nice personality traits. The bathroom scene with Audrey highlighted how rather direct and straightforward she could be. It added a level of comedy to an otherwise horrifying scene for anyone to go through.
If the plan for the show is to redeem Laura or make her more likable as a character in Shadow’s life, they’re gonna have to do a whole lot for me to accept it.
The Fate Of Laura Moon
Both Laura and Shadow share a similar theme of non-belief. Shadow doesn’t believe (though this might change sooner than later) that the impossible is well and truly possible. Laura doesn’t believe in life after death. Well, one had their world shattered, and the other is having their world shattered every episode.
I like how they set up Laura’s ‘afterlife.’ She wasn’t going to any specific religious version of an afterlife. She didn’t believe in anything at all. So, it only fits that nothingness and void be her eternal resting place. That’s about as strong a stance as you can take on the subject matter. The woman from the last week believed in a certain way of things, and that’s what happened to her.
She had guts, though. I have to applaud her for standing up to Anubis. It wasn’t smart in the least bit, but it was a weird moment in retrospect. She didn’t believe in anything. She was getting what she ‘wanted,’ but it wasn’t good enough for her once faced with it?
We finally got the answer to one of the main questions of the season so far: ‘who saved Shadow from getting lynched’? I never would’ve thought it was Laura. Apparently, coming back from the dead gives you zombie super strength and Shadow-tracking abilities. Either that or Technical Boy’s henchmen were just really weak and flimsy.
Now, she’s on some kind of mission and, once it’s done, Anubis is taking her back to her nothingness of an afterlife. Maybe she and Shadow will be together forever there. After all, she’s slated to die, and he gave Czernobog full permission to kill him after he won their second chess game.
- I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that punching back thing Shadow was doing.
- I always keep hearing Laura say ‘papi,’ not ‘puppy.’
- That guy with Anubis is the same author from the very beginning of the season.
Overall Grade: B+ (The change of format was good for this week, but I wanted to like Laura far more than I ended up liking her by the end of the episode. Her presence is gonna add a new layer to the last four episodes for this season.)
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American Gods airs on Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.