American Gods finally reveals how Wednesday and Demeter met and why they split up, and it’s a tragedy.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for American gods Season 3, Episode 6, “The King’s Conscience,” aired Sunday on Starz.

The story between Mr. Wednesday and Demeter is set in Season 3, Episode 6, “Conscience of the King”. The episode begins with a flashback to the end of the American Revolutionary War, in which a young Wednesday and Tyr fought. At the time, Tyr was in love with Demeter, but Wednesday fell in love with the goddess.

It was also revealed that Wednesday is writing this story because he plans to create a shadow play that retells their romance in an attempt to convince Demeter to leave the mental health center with him. The play begins where the flashback ended; however, it provides a bit more insight into how Wednesday enjoyed the thrill of war while Tyr consoled himself with love. Wednesday also acknowledges that Tyr was the most worthy of suitors, but Wednesday’s passion won over Tyr’s goodness.

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The courtship was brief, but the two married and Demeter became pregnant. While they were starting a family, Tyr also stayed, but had no plans to cause trouble for the couple, proving once again that he was a noble god. The bliss of marriage ended too soon, when the baby of the gods died and, in light of her death, Wednesday left Demeter with only Tyr to comfort her.

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This explains why Demeter is still in contact with Tyr, not Wednesday. It also explains why their relationship ended so badly. By Wednesday, he left on his own terms, making it easier for him to try to restart the relationship; however, for Demeter, she was abandoned at one of the lowest moments of her life. This was a tragic act of betrayal, so it is understandable why she does not want to hear on Wednesday, especially when he is still focused on the war, showing that he has not changed.

When the play ends, it is revealed that Demeter even invited Tyr for moral support, and she leaves with him, not Wednesday. Wednesday calls out to Tyr for still being sore because Demeter originally chose him; however, Tyr simply wants Wednesday to clarify that he only wants his money. Meanwhile, Demeter steps in to remind her Wednesday that he can’t admit that he actually loves her because he’s too consumed with her games so their relationship can’t work. For Demeter, Wednesday is obsessed with his aspirations, no matter the cost, but Tyr is genuine.

After leaving the two to talk, Wednesday taunts Tyr for being a dentist instead of a warrior; however, Tyr is not ashamed to change with the times. Wednesday, on the other hand, seems like a stubborn, petty old man, who cannot change for the better. Regardless, Tyr advises his old friend to listen to Demeter and remember who he was before he was lost in war and greed.

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Wednesday hears Tyr a bit, approaching Demeter’s room to apologize for leaving when his daughter died. He acknowledges that they could have gotten through this together and she acknowledges that it was easier to hate Wednesday than to cry over her son.

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This is one of the few times Wednesday is seen being vulnerable with Demeter, and it is almost worth it, with the goddess acknowledging that she should return to the world; however, on Wednesday he does not learn. After hearing that Demeter is ready to leave, he jumps the gun and says that they can mourn his son together and lead the old gods in Wednesday’s triumphal war.

While the next day Demeter and Wednesday are scheduled to be released, when Wednesday he goes to look for Demeter, he finds her outside. They share a look before Demeter turns into a flurry of pimples and flowers and leaves on Wednesday. It is not a surprise because Demeter has criticized Wednesday’s war since his introduction to American godsSo when she focused on that instead of their relationship, Demeter knew there was no hope for them as a couple because she refuses to change.

Based on the Neil gaiman novel of the same name, stars of American Gods Ricky whittleEmily Browning Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Ian McShane, Omid Abtahi and Ashley Reyes. The series airs Sundays at 8:00 pm ET / PT on Starz.

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