Being upstaged is always tough, but imagine how it feels when the person stealing your thunder is literally Jesus.
Sunday’s season 1 finale of American Gods finally introduces a long-teased character — the goddess Easter, played by Kristin Chenoweth — and with it, viewers get a glimpse into what’s going on in that springtime brain of hers. Spoiler: It’s a whole lot of buried feelings about Jesus Christ.
The ancient goddess Ostara has no trouble receiving worship in modern-day America with an entire floral and egg-based holiday dedicated to her. But as Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) prods and pokes, we see that this god harbors some simmering resentment over the fact that Jesus — not a pagan relic — is the real recipient of all those modern prayers on Easter Sunday.
The show cast a series of men to play all the different cultural representations of Easter — you’ll perhaps most recognize Lost’s Jeremy Davies. And let’s be clear: The coterie of Jesuses (Jesi?) is far from the most provocative, shocking, game-changing thing from Sunday’s packed episode.
The season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Starz.