American Gods “Serious Moonlight” saw Shadow Moon fighting back against the war nipping at his heels. We also got to see more Bilquis as she struggles to fight against what everyone else tells her she’s supposed to be. And it ends up being an amazing parallel of two beings who want to live instead of having a war.
Shadow, after finding a home at Lakeside, is pulled back to the past when he attends the wake of Zorya Vechernyaya. There he sees his father aka the trouble maker in every episode that he pops up on, which is every episode. We also get to see Shadow dealing with a Czernobog who hasn’t forgotten that his hammer has a date with our favs head.
Zorya Polunochnaya’s words, thought gentle they may be, are meant to push Shadow into entering this war that Wednesday has started. And even her pretty face and magic moon making hands can’t convince Shadow to enter into battle. He wants peace, no drama, and he’s found it in Lakeside. Or so he thinks.
Bilquis is going in the same direction as Shadow but on a different road. People around her in “Serious Moonlight” keep telling her who she is. They keep underestimating her, acting like they own her, and Bilquis is not here for it, in any way, shape, or form. She is a goddess and she will do what she must to remind people of that while staying outside of Wednesday’s ridiculous war.
Like Shadow, this goddess is also wanted by all. They know her potential, while still underestimating her, but they don’t give her the respect she deserves. Why? Because they don’t want her to realize how much she doesn’t need them and how she can survive without them. And like it or not, it’s going to come to a point where Bilquis is going to have to take a stand.
Then…why not stand with Shadow after “Serious Moonlight”?
It makes perfect sense. Shadow wants a life free from the pettiness that the Old Gods and the New ones hold for each other. And he wants to find a different way to live without losing himself to what others think he should be like. This is what Bilquis wants as well; freedom and a life of her choosing.
They can find this together. They can move mountains, change lives, at each other’s side. And we can’t wait for the moment that happens and they set themselves free. The possibilities of what happens after that are endless. And we’re more than excited for it. We’re ready, willing, and desperate for something more.
American Gods airs Sundays on Starz.