Reviewed: American Gods Episode 4: Git Gone

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Being four episodes into the eight episode arc, it may seem surprising to find a change of perspective having already been brought into the narrative. However, through establishing a context to a much allured character, this change of perspective delivers a large amount of exposition to what has come before. With its focus on Shadow’s wife Laura (Emily Browning), this episode of American Gods is able to deal with a realisation of a mysterious character – while also answering some of the earlier episodes questions.

With the first three episodes dealing with Laura from Shadows viewpoint, the first season has deliberately waited to showcase the character as something different to the sweet and innocent woman that betrayed him prior to his release from prison. In ‘Git Gone’ this facade is broken, with Laura instead shown to be a damaged individual, lost in her own existence. The audience is able to connect with her, and as someone who is unlike the fantasy image portrayed of her through Shadow, the episode manages to deliver an individuality to the character unlike any that have been introduced so far. This change in characteristic is direct, and as such hints at other changes that are sure to come over this series’ full run.

With a different perspective comes a different episode structure; gone is the opening with a gods sequence, Shadow and Mr Wednesday progression, God sequence and then closing with Shadow again structure that has been the format for the past three episodes. This episode is solely Laura’s and in being free of the other characters, is presented in a standard episode stylistic. Highlighting her life before Shadow, with Shadow and after her death, ‘Git Gone’ has a long period of time to explore – which it willingly does. As a broken individual lost in her own life, Laura is not an easy character to become engrossed within. However, the episode manages to convey a mystery to her development that replaces the usual method of gaining audience attachment, warranting her inclusion into the wider mythology on play throughout this series.

Although ‘Git Gone’ is a fun episode with a lot of context given through its change in perspective, it falls slightly short of last weeks excellent continuation of Shadow’s personal arc. Through showing a different take on whats come before, the episode is able to remove the shackles of its normal structure and instead indulge in presenting a character directly through her choices. Emily Browning (an established film actress) is empathic in her role as Laura, but unlikeable in her actions – establishing herself as one of the series’ most intriguing creations.

Overall – 7/10 

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