[Podcast] Prayer for Mad Sweeney – Episode 7 – American Gods Fan Podcast

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, Episode 7 “Prayer for Mad Sweeney”. This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let’s set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Seven follows Mad Sweeney and Laura as their journey continues toward Shadow Moon and Mr.Wednesday. They ditch Salim, who is happy to leave their company; but, soon after, a horrific accident reveals a hidden secret and a mysterious agenda. As that part of the story unfolds, Mad Sweeney’s origins are given some light with a back story centuries old revolving around an Irish immigrant with a passion for thievery and a heart for leprechauns.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 7 – Prayer for Mad Sweeney
Aired June 11, 2017, on Starz

The Grue-Crew are divided on how effective this week’s episode is in telling the overall American Gods story. While no one dislikes this episode, some favor it more than others praising its storytelling and cinematography while debating its place as the penultimate episode of season one. The lack of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday is another curious choice for this bold season. Still, the show has some fine moments and features Mad Sweeney prominently along with Laura and her Irish counterpart. It’s character over shock this week as American Gods sets us up for the finale next week. Leave some bread out for this one, folks.

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week’s episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which richly flavored storyline peaked the hosts’ interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro.

Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio

Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.


Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970’s searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.