The latest fantasy series "American Gods" recently aired its premiere episode. From the reactions of TV critics, fans, one thing is highlighted--they want to know what is next. The series is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman. Those who have already read the book are now predicting the potential plot of the season, and those who have not read it are still confused about the dispersed mysteries in the season premiere. Potential spoilers ahead, if you wish not to be spoiled, you may not continue but you will also deny yourself of the knowledge and the power to understand the story.

Coming to America

The premiere begins with a bloody Viking fight.

In the book, this scene did not actually take place, however, it is what is popularly known as, Coming to America. As explained in the novel, this is how the gods of the old world went to America through the faith and dreams of the immigrants. This sequence will be seen through the entire season 1, which will serve as a pre-credits treat. The characters shown will have a relevant connection to the main plot and several will not.

In the premiere we see a crew of Vikings, coasted in North American shores, laboring to give a bloody and violent sacrifice to their war god Odin hoping that he will bless them with winds so they could set sail. After they had wounded themselves and appeased their god, they continued with their journey. However, the old gods that were brought to America demanded bloody sacrifices.

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Mr. Wednesday

The identity of Mr. Wednesday is one of the many mysteries of the "American Gods." In one of the scenes in the premiere episode, Shadow asked Wednesday his name, instead of directly answering the question, he asked Shadow the day at that time, which falls on a Wednesday. Shadow answered his question and Mr. Wednesday responded by telling Shadow that it is his day. The term Wednesday is the Anglicized version of Wodensday also known as Odin's Day. It is the same as Thursday, which is also known as Thor's Day. The Odin popularly known to many is the god introduced in Thor who is also a god of war, magic, poetry, and wisdom. The Odin in the TV series is introduced as some kind of a hustler.

In our next article, we will explain the identity of the vaping kid and his purpose with Shadow. In addition, we will tear down the mystery of the flaming-eyed buffalo. We will also discuss the accent of Mad Sweeny as well as the identity of Bilquis. Truth is, the premiere episode will be a lengthy and extensive topic to cover to really fully understand the story of "American Gods." With the premiere, we can say that the latest fantasy series is more bloody than "Game of Thrones."