American Gods‘ Biggest Battle Is Its Own Reincarnation

Early in the second season of American Gods, Laura Moon (Emily Browning) gives up and lies down among the flowers. She's chasing after her husband, Shadow (Ricky Whittle). She's also dead. (A leprechaun's lucky gold coin made its way into her corpse at the show's outset, turning her into something that's half avenging angel, half barb-tongued cadaver.) Now, Shadow is in danger and Laura's come to the literal end of the road to save him, so she goes supine. "Just another dead girl in a field," she says—and she may as well be addressing fans of the show itself. Because not so long ago, Gods was that dead girl in a field. In its first season, the show pulled off …