American Gods will reign for at least three or four seasons, if the renewal gods will allow it.
Speaking to Deadline, showrunner Bryan Fuller envisages the 2017 Starz drama lasting “anywhere from three to four seasons” as it expands on the Neil Gaiman source material
DEADLINE: Are fans of American Gods the book going to find it greatly changed as a TV series?
FULLER: Michael, and myself, and Neil feel that this show is an opportunity to accordion out some of those stories and some of those issues, so at the end of the show’s run, you will look at the book as the Reader’s Digest version of the story.
DEADLINE: But the first season will not end where the books do, like in the Outlander series and novels?
FULLER: No, it feels like the book would be anywhere from three to four seasons, depending on where we get into as we’re arcing out the second season. The first season was fairly easy to arc out when we went, “Oh, this point in the book, that’s where we end the first season.”
In the original discussion when we were breaking out the arc of the show, we thought what was originally going to be the ending was actually going to be around Episode 5. Then we just thought, let’s just slow this way down, and at the encouragement of the network, who have been incredibly supportive of what we want to do with the show, and their note, essentially, was slow down. We want this to last a while.
Stay tuned to find out whether American Gods survives its 3-4 season plan…