As American Gods’ second season has unfolded, the show’s focus on the humanity within its deities has intensified, and its interconnecting stories have become more grounded. For all the talk of war that’s dominated this season, it’s really the intimate character work that defined this portion of American Gods’ epic tale. With the season’s penultimate episode “Treasure of the Sun,” everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed Irishman gets the spotlight treatment. In the episode, new depths to Mad Sweeney’s inner workings are revealed that offer new context for much of what we know about the kind of person he is. But for all the interesting, surprising turns the episode takes, it’s difficult to say whether they portend similarly fascinating things for the show’s finale and its future. For the past few episodes, American Gods has become obsessed with shouting—no, screaming—about the major twist baked into the original novel with very heavy-handed messages delivered to Shadow by the show’s other characters. Because Shadow’s meant to be a kind of proxy for the audience, this means that American Gods is also shouting at us. While the show’s hints began as clever nods to the source material, they...