Well, that was an interesting turn of events at the end of American Gods first season. Before we muse on the second season’s possibilities, let’s go over exactly what happened.
Mr. Nancy at work
First of all, we FINALLY get a little more Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones), seen here working at his sewing machine (with spider helpers), making some dapper new suits for Mr. Wednesday and Shadow. But before he goes much further, he insists that they should start with a story, and a heavenly light shines down as he begins to tell the tale of a queen from long ago.
That queen? Our gal Bilquis, in her temple way back in the day. As Mr. Nancy narrates, he tells us she was worshipped greatly because she had “the gift.” And that worship looks an awful lot like an orgy (or those sweaty rave scenes from The Matrix sequel). “Kings tried to knock her off her throne,” he tells us, but they never lasted long. When you weren’t with the queen you didn’t exist he says, and the would be king we saw attempt to overtake Bilquis sexually is instead absorbed with her orgy crowd into a sort of black oil that flows over and in her.
Bilquis on the dance floor
Flashforward to 1979 Tehran, where Bilquis is now a literal disco queen, getting her groove on with another woman on the dance floor. “But the kings kept coming after her,” warns Mr. Nancy, and they were angry that “our queen’s power” is that of rebirth and creation. That power makes some men kneel and other angry, and “anger gets sh*t done” Mr. Nancy reminds us. Masked men with guns enter the club, forcing Bilquis and others to flee. Bilquis then hops a flight to America, where she seduces a gentleman into joining the mile high club with her. Mr. Nancy describe the fact that she had to take a back seat, but it was a means to survive, and we learn where our sexy goddess is head: Hollywood, California.
“America too can take issue with a woman in power,” he says, as we see a woman in a hospital bed who’s been diagnosed with HIV, as Bilquis looks on in sorrow.
We then leap forward to the present, where Bilquis is now on the streets, homeless, and shuffling around with a cart. Mr. Nancy tells us “after a while, she forgot there was a queen inside,” as she approaches a restaurant and sees an old temple in Yemen destroyed by (presumably) ISIS militants. “And there’s no end to the cruelty of men frightened by strong women.”
Bilquis ends up laying in a gutter when she’s approached by Technical Boy, who acknowledges that her altar has been blown up. He tells her worship is a “volume based” business, and he hands her a phone with a Tinder-like app on it, that she swipes through until she sees her own image, looking gorgeous as before. “Wanna play?” asks Technical Boy.
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