You know, maybe a day with Ibis can put you back on track. He can teach you the ways of the dead. I mean, you're dressed for it and, considering your domestic situation . . . .

Wednesday to Shadow

"The Ways of the Dead" is the fifth episode of the second season of American Gods and the thirteenth of the overall series. It debuts on April 7, 2019.

Summary Edit

Shadow learns the ways of the dead with the help of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Nancy. In New Orleans, Mad Sweeney introduces Laura to old friends who share their world of voodoo healing. Mr. Wednesday embarks on a road trip with Salim and The Jinn.

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  • Storyboards of the episode

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Notes and trivia Edit

  • William "Froggie" James is a real historical figure who was lynched in Cairo, IL on November 11, 1909.
  • Mr. Nancy refers to Mr. Ibis (Thoth) as "thrice the great magician." This is likely a reference to the real-world allegorical figure of Hermes Trismegistus, or "Thrice-Great Hermes," an amalgamation of the Egyptian god Thoth, the Greek god Hermes, and the Roman god Mercury. Hermes Trismegistus is the purported author of the Corpus Hermeticum and the Asclepius, two books that form the foundation of much of Western mysticism, including many elements of the modern New Age movement. Given Mr. Ibis' mystical writing throughout the series, this connection seems even more likely.

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