Audrey is so righteously agonisingly furious and hurting that it’s almost amusing (in a “I’m a terrible person to be amused by this” kind of way. Though actually – aside – American Gods seems to do this a lot in this episode. Take weird, scary, horrifying moments and ratchet them up to 11 to the point of them almost being amusing: like the Vikings almost ludicrous fight. Stylistically it’s jarring and surreal and powerful and really works) while at the same time being deeply painful. As Shadow extracts himself from her bitter plans of vengeance he leaves the leprechaun coin on his wife’s grave – where it sinks into the soil
I honestly can’t think of another way to put it. Mid sex while he’s worshipping he vanishes up her vagina. OK then. Perhaps more powerful and meaningful is how she describes herself - spent, a shadow of what she once was, chasing former glory.
Since I do know, I kind of love it. I love the ominousness, the utter surreality of it, the grittiness and even the slight desperation that already seems to permeate it all. The atmosphere is perfect, the casting amazing, the acting spot on and the whole appearance incredible. Now if it can hold on to its coherence and not be lost in all the beautiful images…
I'm also kind of torn over how to recap this. Do I refer to the man in the car as Technical Boy, a new god of technology or is that a spoiler? Can I talk about who Wednesday is? I mean anyone with a basic grounding in Norse mythology should know by the hints in the first episode - but should I in the recap? Should I talk about who and what Bilquis is and why that makes her words about who she was more poignant? How much can I assume people have grasped from this episode and how much would be spoilers?
Also they drew a lot on the noose imagery - and yes that's primarily linked to Odin and a primary part of his mythology - but that doesn't mean we can sidestep the lynching imagery that is equally invoked. It is noted that they started with the white supremist in prison also using it, suggesting that they are going to address this or develop it