The first season of American Gods is coming to its conclusion on Sunday, June 18, but the story is still far from over. Season 1's eight-episode installment only seems to have scratched the surface of the bizarre world of the gods as protagonist Shadow Moon gets drawn deeper and deeper into Mr. Wednesday's brewing war. There are more gods and backstories that fans are eager to see, and it seems certain that not all of the ongoing storylines could be tied up by the finale. So when does American Gods Season 2 premiere?
Luckily for diehard fans, the show has already been renewed for a second season, so there will definitely be more of American Gods in the future. It's a little more difficult to know when exactly the second season will premiere, however, especially because the first is only just coming to a close. Season 2 likely hasn't even begun production yet. If it follows the same schedule as Season 1, then fans might not see more episodes until late April 2018. Another popular Starz series, Outlander, followed a schedule like that: though the first half of the first season debuted in August, both the second half of Season 1 and Season 2 debuted around the same time in early April. It could go the same way for American Gods.
Though Season 1 has covered quite a lot of ground already, it's a good thing the show is guaranteed another season because there's still more to explore. American Gods hasn't worked its way through the entire book it's adapted from, a novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. In fact, it only explored the first third of the novel and will finish up when the Old Gods assemble at a tourist attraction called House on the Rock. So that big upcoming confrontation between Old Gods and New? You may have to wait on that.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who created the series for Starz, have hopes that the show will run for three or four seasons so that they can get through everything that happened in the book as well as their own additions. "In the original discussion when we were breaking out the arc of the show, we thought what was originally going to be the ending was actually going to be around Episode 5," Fuller said in an interview with Deadline. "Then we just thought, let's just slow this way down, and at the encouragement of the network, who have been incredibly supportive of what we want to do with the show, and their note, essentially was slow down. We want this to last a while."
With at least a year to go between the first and second season of American Gods, the wait might be a long one. But that just gives you plenty of time to catch up on the book, right? And with any luck, the show isn't going anywhere any time soon. It could have years to tell its story, so it shouldn't rush.