By Marc Snetiker
June 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT
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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. <iframe src="https://www.starz.com/videos/embed/9415a9ea-a7ce-486c-9ae3-c8131791e3e8?footer=false&amp;cid=1027018" width="640px" height="360px" frameborder="0" class="" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="" resize="0" replace_attributes="1" name=""></iframe>

The season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Starz.

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American Gods

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