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Recap / American Gods S3E3 "Ashes and Demons"

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Season 3, Episode 3

Ashes and Demons

As the search for the missing girl continues, Shadow dreams of Bilquis. Wednesday discovers the whereabouts of his old love, the Greek goddess Demeter, and resolves to free her from the grip of an unscrupulous antagonist.

Tropes That Appear In This Episode:

  • A God Am I: In modern times, Demeter is treated as just another patient at a mental health clinic, her identity as the Goddess of the Harvest treated as a psychosis. Since she is able to get belief from her fellow patients, she gets by.
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  • Afterlife Antechamber: Purgatory is portrayed as a massive train-station-like facility where wayward souls are given tickets and pamphlets (the only information it really gives is that they should "acknowledge reality") and wait for hours at a time as they wait for their next session comparable to an assembly. There is no real hint as to whether any of them ever leave to a different place eventually or the specific prerequisites are to getting there.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Laura is forced to witness her past, she interrupts it and callously describes herself as a manipulative little girl who destroyed her parent's marriage by goading her father into cheating on her mother and then used this an excuse to become the trash bag she grew up into. When she is made to watch uninterrupted and to "acknowledge reality", she realizes the truth: she was just an innocent little girl and her father's affair was not her fault.
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