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  • Acting for Two: Essie McGowan from "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" is played by Laura's actress Emily Browning.
  • Ascended Fanon: Laura biting Robbie's penis off during the car crash is a bit of fanon from the books (to explain how Audrey knew that Laura died with Robbie's penis in her mouth). In the series she explicitly says that it was severed at the base for this reason.
  • Creator Backlash: A majority of the cast signed up the show because they wanted to work with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and when the two were given the boot this naturally caused a lot of backlash amongst the cast - Gillian Anderson went so far as to quit the show itself.
  • Fake American: This is fundamentally a story about America as a country of immigrants, so it's a bit weird to label the actors as "Fake Americans", but there are certainly several actors in the show that put on fake American accents:
    • Brits Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle play Wednesday and Shadow, respectively. McShane uses his natural English accent in the scene where Wednesday cons the airline employees in the first episode.
    • Australian actress Emily Browning plays Laura Moon.
  • Fake Irish: Canadian Pablo Schreiber plays Irish leprechaun Mad Sweeney, and Australian Emily Browning plays Irishwoman Essie McGowan.
  • God-Created Canon Foreigner: Vulcan was created by author Neil Gaiman in response to an experience he had with American gun culture in Alabama.
  • Name's the Same: The New Gods are not to be confused with the New Gods.
    • Amusingly, some of the Old Gods have tendencies not unlike the Old Gods.
  • The Other Darrin: Since Gillian Anderson quit after Season One in protest of Fuller and Green being removed as show runners, Kahyun Kim was brought in as New Media for Season Two.
  • Production Posse: Many actors from Bryan Fuller's previous projects show up as recurring characters or one-shot guest stars:
    • Wonderfalls: Tracie Thoms (Detective Buffer) and Beth Grant (Jack).
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    • Pushing Daisies: Kristin Chenoweth (Easter) and Beth Grant.
    • Hannibal: Gillian Anderson (Media), Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Jeremy Davies (White Jesus) and Scott Thompson (Kind Man).
    • Mockingbird Lane: Beth Grant.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Gillian Anderson leaving the show, meant that Media had to be replaced with New Media played by Kayhun Kim for Season Two.
  • Reality Subtext: According to Orlando Jones, the scene that introduces Mr. Nancy was inspired by Donald Trump rallies.
  • Referenced by...: Mortal Kombat 11. Cassie Cage's fatality where she kicks her opponent in the crotch so hard their body splits in half and their skull and spine fly up is an explicit Shout-Out to Laura Moon doing the same to one of the Children in "Git Gone."
  • Schedule Slip: Season Two premiered two years after the first Season for a number of reasons. Firstly Starz wasn't willing to renew it until it saw the audience reaction. Then Bryan Fuller and Michael Green left the show under mysterious circumstances, and a new showrunner had to be found. Then Jesse Alexander went over schedule, and over budget.
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  • Those Two Actors: Jeremy Davies and Jonathan Tucker both previously appeared in season 2 of Hannibal and season 6 of Justified.
  • Throw It In!: In "A Murder of Gods" Laura's claim that she likes anal sex wasn't actually in the script.
  • Troubled Production: Making the series has not been an easy task.
    • The show's first showrunners were Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. Despite positive reviews, Fuller and Green left the show / were fired (Starz CEO Chris Albrecht is adamant they didn't quit nor were fired, merely that they had other commitments that prevented from being involved in Season Two) reportedly due to not only going $30 million over budget during production of Season 1, but also due to friction and disagreements with production company Fremantle, a company largely known for reality shows which oversaw the show for Starz and wanted to significantly lower the budget. Despite this the two are still credited as Executive Producers for Season Two.
    • Their replacement, Jesse Alexander, was personally chosen by Gaiman. This effort to course-correct went over disastrously with the cast and crew. Gillian Anderson left the show in protest and scripts were constantly rewritten by the cast, who were behind Fuller and Green's original vision. And when cast members began to improvise, the production was forced to hire Orlando Jones as a writer so as to not get in trouble with the WGA.
      • Alexander also made few friends on set. He reportedly got into "screaming matches" with Ian McShane, and Starz was unhappy with Alexander's more conventional tone, preferring the more hypnotic, atmospheric nature of Fuller and Green. They also criticized the downgraded special effects, with the third and fourth episodes receiving extensive retooling.
      • On top of all that, Season 2 went over budget and overschedule again (Which Alexander was explicitly hired for in order to avoid), leading to a production hiatus and energy being spent on reshoots and pickups instead of creating the finale. This led to Alexander being, in the words of one crew member "fired but not fired", and is not allowed to be involved with editing, show up on set, or have input on any aspect of production. After another writer left the showrunner position almost as soon as they were promoted, it fell on producing director Chris Byrne and line producer Lisa Kussner to salvage the production. This led to the Season 2 premiere being pushed back to 2019.
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