“THE BEGUILING MAN”
From the IMDb:
Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old god, Mr. Wednesday begins preparation for a great battle; Laura and Mad Sweeney chase Shadow's diminishing light after he disappear
Dean Winters who plays Mr. Town, is best known as "Mayhem" in the Allstate commercials.
Mr. Town is one of the Spooks who works for Mr. World
Mr. Town has been tasked by Mr. World to find out what Shadow knows about Mr. Wednesday’s plan. His brutal efficiency and technique just may get him the answers to his curious questions.
Mr. Town wants to know why he goes with the flow and Shadow replies it is because of curiosity.
Mr. Town discusses how the New Gods have brought medicine and technology while the Old Gods are relics.
I haven’t read the novel by Neil Gaiman, so I know anything else about Mr. Town than this. The IMDb only lists this one episode for Dean Winters, so it could be this was all we were going to learn about him. And I don’t understand the significance of the names for Mr. World’s acolytes – Mr. Town, Mr. Road, Mr. Stone, Mr. Wood…. I understand the deal with Mr. World – he’s one of the new gods, AKA Globalization.
Mister Town must be a demi-god, serving World as his inquisitor. As such, he is far younger than the Old Gods, but still with a longer lifespan of the humans, perhaps they’re even immortal.
So I have a theory of relateeveety….
I’m not going to champion this extension of the theory, merely suggest it, but it could be that Mayhem, like many of the Greek gods, copulated with human females long in the past and his genealogical traits have been passed down over the eons. By this point, without any other “influx” of genetic material from non-human sources (as was the case with Miquelito Quixote Loveless), Mayhem’s human descendants share nothing except his physical likeness. It could be all of his descendants down through the ages looked exactly like him (sorry, ladies), but there has been a plethora of them in the last twenty years or so:
- Brian Cassidy (‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’)
- Tony Silvercreek (‘Divorce’)
- Detective Pembroke aka “The Vulture” (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’)
- Russ Agnew (‘Battle Creek’)
- Dennis Duffy (’30 Rock’)
- Johnny Gavin (‘Rescue Me’)
- Ryan O’Reilly (‘Oz’)
As for Mister Town, he would be of a more relatively recent vintage of Mayhem’s Spawn, and more than likely his mother was a demi-goddess herself which would guarantee his longevity.
Everything about this theory could come crashing to the ground should Mr. Town return to ‘American Gods’ and more is revealed about his past. But the focus of the series is on Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday, so a minor character like Mr. Town? I doubt his family tree would ever come up.
Watch – somebody involved with the show sees this and does a rewrite to screw it up!
Maybe even Mayhem might have a hand in it....