American Gods Review: A Murder Of Gods (Season 1 Episode 6)

American Gods Season 1 Episode 6, “A Murder Of Gods,” turned up the heat (pun intended) on Shadow and the rest of the gang. This episode moved the story along nicely and provided more insight on the world we’re watching. The New Gods are farther along in their plans than what we were privy to last week. What more could someone ask for? 

How About That Merger?

Odin wasn’t the first person that Mr. World approached with the proposition of a ‘merger.’ 

I never would’ve thought that mixing Vulcan with the New Gods would result in the form of guns and firepower, but it makes sense.

No matter what you happen to have godly domain and jurisdiction over, you need belief to survive, as illustrated last week. If people don’t believe in you anymore, you’re living on borrowed time.

It’s an ingenious end product, and it connects back to Mr. World’s vision to connect the world under one great big umbrella. Vulcan spreads his influence in the form of bullets, people give him the belief and power he needs to keep living, and Vulcan brand bullets take over as the number one bullet manufacturer.  

If there weren’t only two episodes left in the season, I would’ve loved to see what other kind of ‘deals’ some other Old Gods would strike up to revitalize themselves. 

Volcanic Consequences

The saying is very much true. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. A gun could be used for good or for evil. It all depends on how you use it.

However, I immediately got bad vibes from Vulcan’s first appearance. The fact that he was so friendly with Odin told me that they were similar types of characters, characters that love violence and warfare.

Everything about him, from literally everyone in town (even the young kids) having guns to his casual mention of getting lynched, told me that he wasn’t to be trusted. 

I don’t know why he thought crafting a weapon for Odin and then telling him that he betrayed him was a good idea. He had to know that he wouldn’t take that well. I can only hope his death is exactly like the foreman’s death in the beginning that nobody seemed to actually care that much about.

I can only wonder how Odin’s ‘curse’ is gonna play out in the long run. I have a hard time believing that godly urine wouldn’t mess with the bullets in some kind of manner.

A Motley Of Side Characters

I was glad to see Salim again. He remains one of the very few characters on this show I thought he was gonna end up being a one-off type of character but, thankfully, he seems to have more of a storyline than I originally thought.

He’s on a similar but different mission to Laura. He wants to find the djinn he met while riding in his taxi. He wants answers and even calls the creature his ‘afterlife.’

I’d say he’s smitten, but he seems more genuinely curious than anything else. After an encounter like the one he had, I’d want to know absolutely everything I possibly could. The Djinn seems far more likely to answer his questions than a particular god that loves to talk in riddles, as opposed to direct answers.

As far as Laura goes, the end of the episode has me thinking she’s going to be letting go of Shadow by the end of the season….or at least in the process of it. Her looking in on her family and repeated line of ‘fuck those assholes’ pretty much sealed the deal for me. I could see this playing out as more of a ‘pull toward him/push away from him’ kind of storyline.

Other Thoughts:

  • This week’s ‘Coming To America’ cold open was my least favorite of the ones we have up to now. It was just too ‘look what we’re doing’ for me.
  • Mad Sweeney still continues to annoy me.
  • I could barely understand what Odin was saying about the story of the man and the tree. 
  • I appreciated how the idea of people holding tightly to their religion and beliefs, no matter how messed up it might be, was a through line from the Americans with crosses killing the immigrants all the way to Vulcan getting killed by his own creation.

Favorite Quote: “Life is great, Salim Not Salim.”

Overall Grade: B (This episode was good, but nothing really jumped out at me to the point where I was shocked or immediately wanting the next episode. I could stand to wait until this Sunday.)

What did you think about this episode of American Gods? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

American Gods airs on Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.

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