A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.
Ricky Whittle / Emily Browning / Bruce Langley / Yetide Badaki / Pablo Schreiber / Ian McShane / Crispin Glover / Demore Barnes / Cloris Leachman / Peter Stormare / Gillian Anderson / Kristin Chenoweth / Orlando Jones
Wednesday pulls off a con to get an artifact that the dwarves need to forge the runes onto Gungnir. When Shadow questions Wednesday about his son, Wednesday remembers the 1930s and the only way that a god can die for good.
While Shadow tours Cairo and gets a lesson on its history, Laura and Sweeney meet with Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte and make a deal to bring Laura back to life. Wednesday meets with Alviss, the King of Dwarves, and is told there's another part to resto
Wednesday takes Shadow to St. Louis to meet with a potential ally in the coming war. Nancy, Ibis, and Bilquis hold a meeting in Cairo, and World gives Technical Boy one last chance before "retiring" him.
Shadow makes a new friend as he hitches a ride to Cairo, Wednesday and Laura pay Argus a visit at the same time that Technical Boy and the New Media do, and Sweeney's luck continues to remain all bad as he heads for New Orleans.
After Zorya's death, Czernobog calls for vengeance. Wednesday and Nancy go on a road trip, Mama-Ji looks for someone to cover her shift, and Laura and Sweeney set out to find the abducted Shadow.
Wednesday gathers the Old Gods in his memory to discuss the New Gods usurping their power, and invites Shadow along for the ride. Sweeney still wants his coin, Laura isn't giving it up, and Mr. World draws on a new resource to target the Old Gods.
On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.
The story of Laura's life and death is explored, including her first encounter with Shadow and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.
Shadow questions his decision to work for Mr. Wednesday after learning of his plan to rob a bank; Shadow makes a surprising discovery when he returns to his motel room.
Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle; Shadow Moon travels to Chicago with Mr. Wednesday and agrees to a high-stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic deity Czernobog.