While I loved the novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman, I'm only finishing out the current season of the TV show out of some kind of masochism, as I actually find it pretty tedious. One pretty good character in the earlier seasons was Mad Sweeney, the Leprechaun, played by Pablo Tell Schreiber. Unfortunately, Schreiber didn't choose to act in the current season so Mad Sweeney had to die. Death due to an actor's resignation is a fate that often meets characters in long-running TV series like this.
The premise of American Gods, as you may know, is that the old gods came to America with the people who had believed in them, including in this case, the Leprechaun. Sweeney has the characteristics of the Irish mythical being: he loves his hoard of gold, he drinks beer, and he's pretty violent. Unlike the tiny creatures of actual Irish myth, however, Sweeney is tall and strong and much more dangerous.
There's a replacement leprechaun in season 3 named Liam Doyle. He's a bit tamer than Mad Sweeney, and cuter looking, played by actor Iwan Rheon. Full disclosure: I often sleep through fairly long stretches of the episodes of American Gods. So I might have missed some of the violence, sex, nudity, evil language, and other dangerous features that each introduction warns prospective viewers about.
I wish you a very happy Saint Patrick's Day, and apologize for this rather off-beat post in place of my usual selection of photos from my trips to the extraordinarily beautiful land of Ireland, or occasional photos of corned beef and cabbage dinners. Here are a couple of conventional Saint Patrick's Day images:
|Members of the crow family that we saw in Ireland in 2016.|
|An Irish rainbow, 2016.|