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We mentioned Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods in our 10 TV Shows We’re Looking Forward to in 2017 post… and, guess what, it’s 2017! OK, we’re stating the obvious, but it’s a nice feeling when something that seems so far off comes to fruition. We first reported on this two years ago, so it’s been in the works for a while.

The Starz series isn’t quite here yet, premiering on April 30, but we have some new content to mull over while we wait.

But, before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s a bit more about the program itself. The 10-part series, based on Gaiman’s classic fantasy novel, tells the story of a conflict between the gods, with the traditional gods focusing on mythology and religion and the new gods’ attention turned to celebrity and money, among other modern day vices.

The trailer, released at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, introduces us to Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle (Austenland), who is recently released from prison after learning his wife has been killed in a car crash. He meets a stranger while traveling, who, because it’s Wednesday, decides he will go by Wednesday, Mr. Wednesday, actually… portrayed by longtime Anglo fan favorite Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Are they both gods? You tell us, here’s a peek at the clip:

Okay, now that we’re caught up (a little anticipation never hurt anyone), onto new-news…

In a newly released photo we see Shadow with a companion, who, how do we put this politely… has no face!!! Apologies for sounding alarm, but Shadow appears to be sweating it, too.

Here’s a look at what we’re talking about:

We don’t even know if the being on the left in the photo is a “he” or a “she” — there is a strap on his/her shoulder — so the photo could be of a woman carrying a purse. Or, a man carrying a briefcase or man-bag for that matter (we don’t want to be gender biased). But, that’s sort of beyond the point, again, there’s no face!

It’s clear we’re a little stuck on the above picture, and kind of in awe of what’s missing, but moving along to people’s faces you will recognize, also starring in the series, include Gillian Anderson (The Fall), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine), Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Dane Cook (My Best Friend’s Girl), and Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow).

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller, also known for the quirky series Pushing Daisies (2007-2008) and Dead Like Me (2003-2004), will be running the show.

You may have read the novel and know exactly what’s going on in this sneak peek.

But, if not…

Any theories?

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By Brigid Brown