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Season 2, Episode 1

House of the Rock

Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with Shadow, Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media. First stop – the House on the Rock, where Shadow is taken "backstage."

Tropes That Appear In This Episode:

  • Call-Back: While Ostara has agreed to side with the Old Gods, she refuses to be there at the House on the Rock because Mr. Wednesday had run over her rabbits on the way to her house.
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  • Category Traitor: Bilquis is the only Old God that Mr. Wednesday didn't invite, it being public knowledge that she has willingly joined the New Gods.
    Bilquis: You invited the Old Gods to your party. I was old in the desert before they sacrificed the first horse to you. I will be heard... unless you're afraid?
    Mr. Wednesday: The weight and wisdom of Queen Bilquis defeated King Solomon.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The episode starts with Technical Boy driving his limo through a golf course, running down a random old man as he does so. Even Mr. World is horrified.
    Mr. World: You could have killed m-me.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: When Shadow and the Old Gods meet "backstage" to discuss the matter of war with the New Gods, the world takes the form of a Viking Longhouse along a Nordic beach, Bilquis claiming that it is all taking place within his Mr. Wednesday's mind.
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  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By sending an assassin to mow down the Old Gods at the restaurant, all Mr. World did was validate Mr. Wednesday's argument. It also did not help that one of the casualties was Zorya Vechernyaya, spurring her cousin Czernobog (who was only there after losing a bet and having no personal reasons to be involved), now adamant to kill the New Gods for revenge.
  • Orphaned Setup: When the Fortune Telling Machine gives Mr. Wednesday his fortune, he apparently finds it very amusing. When Shadow asks him what it is, Mr. Wednesday tells him that "a man's fortune is his own business."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When the Caretaker tries to deny Mr. World access to their surveillance system, citing that only the President of the United States is allowed to use it, Mr. World cites that he is above the President.
    Mr. World: The President is a cardboard cutout. I am the man, behind the man, behind the man. Operation Paperclip, the Moon-Landing, Roswell, the Compton Crack-Wars; you work for me. You have always worked for me. So when I say "I need to see through the Eyes of Argus", you make the connection.
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  • Slow Transformation: While "backstage", the various gods progressively look more and more like their traditional, mythological selves.
  • Tranquil Fury: Mr. World is successfully able to intimidate both Technical Boy and the Caretaker without so much as raising his voice.
  • Wham Line:
    Mr. World: You need to find her. Find Media.
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