The first season of American Gods teemed with great introductory scenes that made you want to know more about its beguiling characters. And no one got a better intro than Bilquis, the love goddess played by Yetide Badaki.
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Most times when we see the personification of death in fiction, it's presented as a cold or grim persona. Not so for Anubis on the TV show adaptation of American Gods. Here, the Egyptian god of the afterlife is stoic but unexpectedly warm; he has a job to do, one that fills most people with dread, but he doesn't seem like that bad a guy. And that's largely due to the performance of actor Chris Obi.
One of the best things about the first season of American Gods was how its thematic ambitions came to life inside the cast's stellar performances. Things often got weird and elliptical on the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel, but you couldn't stop watching because of the excellent acting on display. Here's how some of the show's players brought their characters to life.