The third season of Starz’s fantasy drama ‘American Gods’ ended on a cliffhanger, leaving the fans asking for more.
The third season of fantasy drama ‘American God’ premiered on Starz in Jan 2021. Season 3 ended with a cliffhanger on Mar 21, 2021. While the fans around the world were assured that the show will return for a new season, they were left devastated when news broke that the show had been cancelled after three seasons.
The announcement came as a big shock for the fans and they are still hopeful for the show’s return. It’s yet not all over for American Gods as Neil Gaiman has assured fans that the TV adaptation is “definitely not dead” but only looking for a new home. Of you are unaware, Neil Gaiman is the author of the novel on which the series is based. He is also the executive producer of the show.
Till season 1, American Gods was one of the top shows on Starz. However, it went through a lot of drama behind the scenes which resulted in controversies and subsequently the cancellation.
Why was American Gods Season season 4 cancelled?
It’s been a bumpy ride for American Gods as far as production and behind-the-scenes equations are concerned. The first season premiered in 2017 received a tremendous response and in May 2017 the series was renewed for a second season.
The trouble started when original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were fired after clashing with production company Fremantle over the show’s budget. Jesse Alexander replaced the duo as showrunner but things failed to get back on track. The second season was hit hard and got delayed as issues arose between Fremantle and US broadcaster Starz over rising budget and last-minute rewrites.
The second season had a delayed release in 2019. It opened to poor reviews, with many critics feeling the quality of the show had downgraded. The show attracted more controversy when the story shifted focus to Shadow Moon’s time living in Lakeside. This resulted in the loss of some cast members.
For the third season, Charles H Eglee replaced Jesse Alexander as a showrunner. The series got back on track and the third season premiered in Jan 2021. It garnered good reviews from critics and the viewers also showered applause.
However, the damage was already done. With a continuous downfall in viewership and all the controversies that happened, Starz was left with no option but to close the series abruptly.
Will American Gods return for season 4?
‘American Gods’ is no more with Starz now. However, it’s not over for the series yet. Neil Gaiman has assured fans that the TV adaptation is “definitely not dead” but only looking for a new home.
“It’s definitely not dead,” author Neil Gaiman Tweeted. “I’m grateful to the team at Starz for the American Gods journey so far. Fremantle (who make AG) are committed to finishing the story that began in episode one, and right now we’re all just waiting to see which way forward is best, and who it’ll be with.”
Producers Fremantle added (via Deadline): “Fremantle is committed to completing the epic journey that is American Gods, one of TV’s most inclusive series with the most amazing fans across the globe. With Neil Gaiman and this fantastic cast and crew, we are exploring all options to continue to tell this magnificent story.”
American Gods Season 4 Release Date
Despite the show being cancelled, the fans are hoping that it will return. There are reports that the series will see a story completed in the form of a TV movie.
The first three seasons of American Gods were released at a gap of two years. Season 1 debuted in April 2017, followed by Season 2 and Season 3 in March 2019 and January 2021 respectively.
If the show gets new home in 2021, we can expect American Gods Season 4 to release in 2023.
Where to watch the previous seasons of American Gods?
You can stream the previous three seasons of American Gods on Starz play Amazon Channel. It is the streaming equivalent of the US cable channel Starz. Amazon Channels are additional streaming subscriptions that you can add on top of your Prime Video account.
You can also buy the episodes and seasons on Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft Store and iTunes.