American Gods showrunner Bryan Fuller has teased a fast-paced second season of the show, but with more episodes than the truncated first run.
The show has just wrapped its first season, which airs on Amazon Prime in the UK, after eight episodes. Moving forward, Fuller told The Wrap fans could expect a more plot driven ten episode second season.
He said: “Much of the pacing and dreamlike quality of season one was about Shadow Moon’s mental state, and now that he’s been activated [as a believer], we can expect something a little different from how we’re going to tell stories.
“Whenever anyone engages in a faith bargain and they commit to it, they change their perspective in a massive way. So the story we get to tell with Shadow in the future is one of a character who’s crossed that first benchmark, which was non-believer to believer. Now that he believes, how does he believe? And how will what’s happened with his wife and Mr Wednesday shift those beliefs? Suffice to say, Shadow will have a much more exciting arc in season two than he did in season one.”
The finale was originally very different, but Fuller has claimed budgetary issues are at the root of the decision to cut the number of episodes down.
He added: “Originally, we had another episode and we were going to go all the way to House on the Rock. We felt if we ended the season one episode earlier, we could have a bigger impact with the story, and also distribute our funds to get the season to where we needed to go.”