American Gods season 3 has focused on the chief protagonist Shadow Moon which has helped them address the main problem with the original novel. The show makers have focused more on the supporting cast in season 3 and this has helped remove the biggest issue where the central character of the novel Shadow Moon isn’t as interesting as the gods manipulating him.
While American Gods season 1 was a smash hit with viewers and critics alike, earning a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the show began to drop in the ratings amid drama behind the scenes. Each season to date has seen a new show runner placed in charge of the series, which in turn has led some actors to quit the series in protest out of loyalty to the ousted producers and other actors like Orlando Jones being fired or not having their option picked up for the next season.
American Gods season 3 has continued this trend toward moving away from the central plot of the novel and its focus on ex-con Shadow Moon. While the action of the novel eventually develops Shadow into an active protagonist, the Lakeside sections of the book see him trying to keep his head down and blend in until Mr. Wednesday showed up to tell him where to go next, which does not make for exciting television.
The move away from the main storyline has also enabled the series’ producers to roll with the ever-shifting cast and not worry about the problems caused by core characters suddenly being unavailable. This has helped to make the show much more better than before and fans have also responded well to these changes.