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Recap / American Gods S3E1 "A Winter's Tale"

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Season 3, Episode 1

A Winter's Tale

After months apart, Wednesday reappears in Shadow's life, resolved to drag him back into his war effort. A meeting with the god Wisakedjak leaves Shadow with a prophecy about his destiny.

Tropes That Appear In This Episode:

  • All for Nothing: Laura rips out Sweeney's coin from her body in order to resurrect him, but it falls from his hand as she turns to dust, leaving him dead.
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  • Black Metal: Between the end of Season Two and this episode, Wednesday has since become associated with a Viking Metal band Blood Death, Wednesday playing himself (Odin) as the band and their fans chant his name.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Downplayed. While Ms. World is just another form Mr. World takes, Ms. World is portrayed differently from Mr. when she speaks much more plainly in regards to Project SHARD and Wednesday and then caves one of her minions' head in when they downplay Wednesday as a threat.
  • It's Personal: Much like with other gods, Whiskey Jack is not happy to see Wednesday in his neck of the woods. In his case, he has it out for Wednesday ever since Vikings came and massacred the Lakota.
  • Runic Magic: When Shadow and Wednesday encounter a roadblock, Wednesday has Shadow take the wheel while he covers Betty in runes, magically transporting them Backstage.
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