American Gods' Kristin Chenoweth Previews Easter's Arrival: "I Wouldn't Want to Get on Her Bad Side"

American Gods is pulling out the big guns for Sunday's season finale. Kristin Chenoweth will finally make her much-awaited debut as Easter when Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Wednesday (Ian McShane) arrive at her doorstep to enlist her help in the brewing war.

When Chenoweth's casting was announced ahead of the series debut, fans were thrilled. It would be hard to imagine another actress more suited to tackling the chipper, commercial-friendly goddess as well as Chenoweth, a longtime Bryan Fuller collaborator from his Pushing Daisies days. But when Fuller initially offered her the part, Chenoweth admits she was actually quite taken aback.

"I went, 'no, really? Are you sure? I just want to see this thing! I just want to make sure I get to see it. Are you sure?'" she recalls to TVGuide.com." And he said, 'Yeah, I kind of think I know the way I want her to be seen in this. It's with a façade and something else boiling underneath.'"

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That was all Chenoweth needed to hear before jumping in to provide her own take on Neil Gaiman's beloved creation, who is one of the only Old Gods who's figured out how to adapt and survive in the New World. "We live in an interesting time where social media is a whole part of your career now. And as Kristin, it has been, at first, very difficult. And then I came to understand how important it is. So I kind of brought that into Easter," she says. "She's politically correct. Maybe if there would have been a Miss America all those years ago, she would have been that person. But she's got some anger, too, that needs to be dealt with. And I wouldn't want to get on her bad side."

The season finale will give Easter an opportunity to act on some of that anger after Shadow and Wednesday crash one of her lavish celebrations in the hopes of convincing her to turn against the New Gods. "She's not necessarily happy to see [Wednesday], but there's a part of her that's like, when you get in bed with the devil, you sort of enjoy it. Because she misses it. Let's just say she gets the opportunity to show her power and why she is the great Ostara. There's an opportunity to find out and be reminded of who she was," Chenoweth teases.

Without giving too much away, let's just say the world will never quite be the same once Easter shows what she's capable of in Sunday's episode.

American Gods' season finale airs Sunday at 9/8c on Starz.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jun 19, 2017
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Jun 18, 2017
The ending was a real cliffhanger! Left with so many questions unanswered and just about to be answered. Not cool. Otherwise the episode was visually stunning . Awesomely acted. And Ostara's show of power has to be one of the most unexpected moves on TV. I didnt see that coming. Yetide Badaki as Bilquis stole the show. Wow, she is a friggin goddess of sex thats for sure with that body and face.
Can I say I think its the best show on tv. I cant wait for season 2.AND I WANT TO KNOW IF SHADOW IS A GOD! Why is he so important to Mr.Wednsday?
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Jun 18, 2017
Can anyone explain what Wednesday's powers are? He's supposed to be Odin, right? Is he now so weakened from lack of worshippers that his only power is manipulation?

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Jun 21, 2017
He seemed to be controlling lightning as well as he killed Mr.World's clones.

Generally speaking, the show's concept is that the gods lose their powers since people stopped worshiping them (Which makes no sense since if they have powers and can demonstrate them, why did people stop worshiping them?)

Either his powers are limited that he doesn't waste them easily or he was simply stronger at the compound due to Easter's party somehow?

Don't know. Haven't read the book.
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Jun 22, 2017
Yeah, it became clear Wednesday controlled the lightning in the final episode. It just wasn't clear before then. He sort of made Shadow believe that Shadow was the one who created the snow storm.

But, maybe it was him getting Shadow to believe enough so Wednesday could do it.
And I assume Wednesday's show of power at the end was possible because Shadow was finally starting to believe AND maybe due to Vulcan's swearing of allegience and his subsequent sacrificial death.
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Jun 18, 2017
--& "who is one of the only Old Gods who's figured out how to adapt and survive in the New World."
Actually, we already saw Vuclan who had learned to thrive in the new world.
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Jun 17, 2017
I'm not sure if I love this show, but I will watch all of it just to see what's what...
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Jun 16, 2017
:( season finale already
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