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There is bad news for fans of American Gods on Starz who have been awaiting news on the show’s future. After just three seasons, American Gods is coming to an end but why? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers about American Gods

Why has American Gods been cancelled?

Sadly, American Gods will not be returning for a fourth series as fans had been hoping. 

The third series only concluded on Sunday, March 31 so the show’s cancellation has come as a bit of shock to fans across the world.

An exact reason for the series cancellation has not been officially confirmed yet.

However, a Starz network spokesperson gave some clarity in a statement.

The official statement reads: “Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country.”

The series cancellation may not come to a huge surprise to some considering the events of the season three finale.

In the end, Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle) was killed after a vigil at the mythical Tree of Life.

On the other hand, fans of the original novel by Neil Gaiman know the Shadow Moon’s death may have set up the events for a fourth series as Wednesday goes on to take advantage of Shadow Moon’s sacrifice. 

There is some good news for fans of American Gods, there is talk of an American Gods film or television movie but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

However, Shadow Moon star Ricky Whittle recently tweeted “#letsfinishthis” alongside a Twitter post paying tribute to his character suggesting there is more of the story to be told.

He penned the emotional post: “Gods don’t die unless they’re forgotten #believe #AmericanGods #Neilgaiman #ShadowMoon #letsfinishthis.”

On the photo he posted: “This has been an amazing journey thus far and I am so grateful to my fellow cast and crew who have worked so hard on this award winning show.

“We have the best fans in the world and thank each of you for your passion and support, so know that Neil Gaiman, Fremantle, myself and the cast are still committed to completing Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed story – Believe.”

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information about an American Gods film is announced. 

American Gods first premiered in 2017 and has seen several behind-the-scenes dramas over the years.

Byran Fuller and Michael Green, who developed Gaiman’s original novel for the screen left the series during pre-production in season two, reported Deadline.

Cast members, Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth soon followed.

Fuller and Green were replaced by Jesse Alexander and Gaiman himself, with Alexander not returning for the third series.

Cast members Pablo Schreiber, Mousa Kraish and Orlando Jones also exited the show after season two. 

Deadline also reported “double-digit” ratings declines from season to season over the past three years, which may have also factored into the show’s cancellation.

Express.co.uk will update his article when more information is available.

Fans have taken to Twitter to share their sadness about the show’s cancellation and their hopes the show will return as a movie or for a fourth series.

One fan tweeted: “I LOVED Shadow’s arc this season. I also really appreciated the difference between parts of the show and the book. Really well done! I also really just need to see you on a Thunderbird, so…c’mon season 4!”

A second fan said: “I believe there will be a fourth season!I hope. #AmericanGodsSeason4.”

A third fan added: “This is news that I never wanted to hear, but we must not lose hope, @netflix rescued Lucifer, maybe it’s time to knock on another door, or @HBO we cannot give up, if we have to fight we fight, you just have to ask ourselves @MrRickyWhittle @neilhimself.”

American Gods is streaming on Amazon Prime now

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