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American Gods Delivers One Of The Hottest Gay Sex Scenes In TV History

It's sexy because it's full of feelings (and nudity).

Oh THERE they are! When I watched the first two episodes of American Gods, I wondered if the overwhelming macho vibe would ever be offset by queer characters or by women who did more than fulfill misogynist stereotypes. Or as I like to call them, "the characters that make stories interesting."

And bless this show's eyes and heart, because "Head Full Of Snow" delivers like whoa. Like yeah. Like HOT HOLY DAMN.

First up, the ladies: there's still a long way to go on this front, but at least this week, we open on the tale of a woman who is chosen by the god Anubis to have her soul evaluated after death. A one-off character whom we'll probably never see again, this woman gets a complete, interesting arc about her lifelong attempts to be good, to be faithful, to be a halfway decent cook. I love that, just like the novel, the series presents these side trips with gods who aren't part of the major Mr. Wednesday arc. It gives a thrilling sense of how far this world's magic travels -- and, as we're seeing, it gives female characters a unique chance to breathe.

Happily, new dimensions are added to a few of the main ladies as well. Zorya and her sister (also named Zorya, if I'm understanding correctly) get out from behind Czernobog and reveal themselves as weary carriers of a heavy cosmic burden. The younger Zorya has to watch the sky and make sure that a mythical bear doesn't escape from the stars and devour the world. (And you thought YOUR job was stressful.)

Plus, this episode closes with Shadow's wife Laura coming back from the dead. I knew that was coming because of the book, but I'm glad she's finally here. I'm ready for her to start kicking ass, all thanks to the leprechaun's lucky coin.

But who am I kidding, right? The centerpiece scene of this episode doesn't feature any women. It's a side narrative about Salim, an Omani who's struggling to survive in America, and the Jinn, an Arabic deity who picks Salim up in his cab. After they commiserate about the United States, Salim notices the Jinn's fiery eyes. (Like...they literally have fire coming out of them, like flickering torches.) And then he lays a tender hand on the Jinn's shoulder.

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And when he gets out of the cab at his hotel, he tells the Jinn his room number.

And then. Oh man. Then they proceed to have the HOTTEST GODDAMNED SEX. It's not only that their encounter is graphic, though IT IS. We see full frontal male nudity, so god bless extended cable in 2017. We see a lot of backsides and a lot of thrusting. And if we're wearing glasses, perhaps we just see steam on the lenses. It's just a great scene.

But here's the thing! It's great because it's also loving. There's such gentleness in the way these two make love. They kiss. They make eye contact. The have foreplay with finger sucking.

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And they say nice things to each other during the whole affair.

This just doesn't happen much on TV, you know? Gay sex, when it appears at all, is often furtive or emotionless or shameful. With Looking canceled on HBO, I think American Gods might be the only series on TV right now that will show this type of thing.

Meanwhile, when was the last time you saw a Middle Eastern homosexual presented in a positive way on television? Or presented on television at all?

The internet promises Salim and the Jinn both return in future episodes, and if that means they spend an entire episode having emotionally healthy sex in a celestial paradise, I'm going to need smelling salts.

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