American Gods S1E8: Come to Jesus

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Come to Jesus

Warning: Spoilers

 

So here we are, on the final episode of the season. What a wild, amazing ride it’s been! I genuinely can say each episode has been solid, and given my high expectations for the show, I’m happy to say that with each turn, they have been exceeded. Bryan Fuller again has created a beautiful world for these characters to inhabit, and he’s truly brought Neil Gaiman’s characters to life. I’m sad that the season is at an end, but I can’t wait to find out what season two has in store.

 

We start out the final hour with a trip to Mr. Nancy’s home, where he’s making clothing for Moon and Mr. Wednesday. It shouldn’t be surprising that a man who’s a spider God is a tailor–he even has little spider helpers around to assist. Again, Orlando Jones does an amazing job in the role, and I’m glad we got to see him once more before the season ended. Before he finishes the suits, he decides to tell our boys the story of how Bilquis came to be in America. We start out in ancient times, where everyone worshiped her–it’s a tale of female empowerment, and also of her pure dominion over her worshipers–she consumes at least 30 people in one scene. We soon cut to 1979 in Tehran, Iran, where she is still working her magic. She befriends a young woman, but as Mr. Nancy says, Queens make men angry, and this time she is forced to flee after the Iranian revolution starts. This is when she reaches America, and from this point on, her power begins to wane.

 

She plays the game still, yes, but each year she’s pushed farther and farther into the background. It’s genuinely the first time we’ve seen the full spiral downward of a God–from their upward heights to their near destruction. By 2013 she is homeless and sick. As Mr. Nancy says, “Our girl, even she forgot there’s a queen inside.”

 

When she’s at her lowest, Bilquis is approached by Technical Boy–and that is how she gained the power she has, today. She’s on their side. Ending the story, Mr. Nancy asks what the moral is, and Moon says it’s to simply not compromise, which causes our spider God to have a little fit–that isn’t the moral at all, apparently. It’s to get a Queen on their side, especially since Wednesday killed one of the New Gods lackeys. In other words: Easter. They need to get Easter. Moon is angry over Vulcan’s killing but after some discussion admits that it isn’t anger he’s feeling, but mere confusion. It’s clear that he’s slowly starting to come over to the side of belief, whether he wants to, or not.

 

Moon dreams again of bones and the buffalo, and once he wakes up they are at Easter’s home. Wednesday says that they should be nice, but not too nice–why is never fully explained or explored this episode. One of the cute things we find out is that Moon loves this holiday; he seems so much more relaxed…or he does until he sees all the different versions of Jesus around. I love the idea that there is a Jesus for each denomination, and for each different belief structure. In this world there is no wrong way to worship, except not to worship.

We finally see Easter (who also goes by Eostre), who is played to perfection by Kristin Chenoweth. Eostre is not happy to see Wednesday, especially after he starts to call out Jesus for ruining Easter by turning it into a Christian holiday instead of a Pagan one.

 

Meanwhile, Bilquis is in a museum looking over all her old things, and Technical Boy visits–apparently she’s been avoiding him. She tries to seduce him, and he says he has no intention of, “feeding [her] soul from the vagina nebula.”

Probably my favorite line of the night. Instead, he’s calling in his favor–she’s to go after Moon and Wednesday. So already, we’re setting up things for next season.

 

While Wednesday speaks with Easter, Moon talks to one of the Jesuses (Jesus? Is the plural for Jesus like deer, where it is just deer? Questions I never thought I’d have to ask), who is lounging on water. He says he isn’t sure if he believes in anything, but Jesus has a very good (and very Jesus) answer: it doesn’t matter if he does or doesn’t–all that matters is the road you travel on, and what you experience on it. I think that’s great advice for anyone.

 

Mr. Wednesday explains that he wants Easter to starve people–to basically pull spring away until it is prayed for, and then give it back as a reward. It forces people to believe, again. However, their discussion is interrupted by a rabbit telling Easter that Laura has arrived.

 

Laura, for her part, is in horrible shape. Her skin is being held on with safety pins, and she’s puking up maggots–she’s going sour, fast. When Easter comes to talk to her, Sweeney tells her that Laura doesn’t want to be dead, and more importantly for us, he doesn’t want her to be dead. The change of heart for Sweeney is just great, and it’s a perfect example of why this show is amazing: it gives characters from the books a chance to expand and breathe in ways they never had a chance to, before.

 

Whatever Sweeney and Laura want–it doesn’t matter: Easter can’t undo a death done by a God. Laura is understandably pissed, and forces Sweeney to tell her that it was Wednesday that made him kill her. I’m happy to see that she isn’t upset at him directly, though. The robbery, her death–all of it was done to get Moon for Mr. Wednesday. Sweeney says Gods fuck with all of them, so don’t take it personally…he doesn’t. He seems so sad over it, too. He’s lost so much and despite trying to make it right, it isn’t working. However, Laura seems to have an idea–and asks what Wednesday has to lose–again, another set up for season two.   

Things start to come to a head as Media shows up at the party, surrounded by Technical Boy’s goons. Easter tries to assert she’s been misrepresented, but as she does so, Media tells her she best drop any of her issues, and the goons start to circle. This is more than just a threat towards our dear Goddess of Spring, especially as Technical Boy and Mr. World show up. He says that war or not–the New Gods will win. However, as Mr. Wednesday asserts himself, a storm brews, and he sacrifices the goons to Easter. He’s clearly planned all of this out, and he’s starting the war, right here, right now. It’s a great scene, especially as he finally tells Moon his name, booming out Odin, loudly in the storm.

 

Triumphant, he asks that easter show them who she truly is, and she does so, unleashing her ability and pulls back Spring with all the power she has. She has, in other words, created a famine. People will have to pray, or they will starve.

 

Finally, finally, Moon states he believes. And as if a gift for those words (and a ‘fuck you’ to Wednesday), Laura reveals herself, requesting a word with her husband, Sweeney at her side.

 

But does the episode end there? No–we end with Bilquis, heading to Wisconsin, and the House on the Rock, where our war will be fought. The plot for season two has already been laid–I can’t wait when the steps on the path are finally taken.

 

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