Peter Stormare

The deities behind 'American Gods' are off to a bloody start

The deities behind 'American Gods' are off to a bloody start

The opening sequence for new Starz series “American Gods” is not for the weak-of-stomach. A clan of Viking raiders lands on the shores of what eventually will become America. Infested with flies, lacking food, these shores are uninhabitable; the crew cannot pass on into the woods, so they must vacate this new world. Unfortunately, now there’s no wind.

A sacrifice to the gods must be made.

What follows is a bacchanal of blood. Heads explode, limbs catapult through the air, torsos are cleaved entirely in half. It’s hard to watch without wincing yet strangely captivating.

“It felt like poetic expression of the lengths that gods expect their worshipers to go to pay...

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