American Gods is our new favourite show.

The TV series, based on the best-selling fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, is currently airing on Starz in the US and Amazon Prime here in the UK.

The show stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, an ex-convict who returns from prison and begins to work for the mysterious Mr Wednesday and is dragged into a war between old and new gods, and it has has quickly established itself as a show that does not shy away from explicitness in its sex scenes. There have already been numerous instances of full frontal nudity in the first two episodes alone.

The third episode, which aired last night (May 14), delivered a gay sex scene that has been teased for weeks – and it did not disappoint.

The episode features an encounter between jinn, a fire-eyed ifrit (a winged fire god in Islamic mythology) posing as a New York taxi driver, and Salim, a recent immigrant to the US. The two characters meet in jinn’s taxi before going to a hotel to have sex in a scene that is unlike anything ever seen on TV.

Take a look at some NSFW stills from the scene below:

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Bryan Fuller, the series’ executive producer noted that he included the scene in the adaptation because it is “one of the most memorable, touching romantic chapters of the novel.

“And so, we took great care and were very deliberate in how we brought that to life so it reflected the romance of the novel,” Fuller, who also created the critically acclaimed Hannibal series, added.

“We also added a few notions about a particular gay experience, coming from a man who originates from a country where you can be thrown off a rooftop for being gay.”

Last month, Matt Brennan, TV editor of Paste magazine, tweeted that the episode features the “hottest gay sex scene … maybe ever,” while Vulture writer Abraham Riesman called the scene “the single hottest and most pornographic gay sex scene ever put on mainstream television.”


American Gods airs on Sunday nights on Starz. Episodes are available the following day on Amazon in the UK. You know, in case you wanted to see it for yourself …

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