No need to apologize for the lengthy posts! I for one am very interested to read other people's perspective, particularly on Laura Moon's trajectory. It's one of the most enjoyable elements of the series for me. If it weren't for that and every single second Bilquist is on screen, I don't think I'd still be watching.
I've wondered, did Laura love Sweeney? I don't necessarily think if Laura Moon were to see him alive when she was blasted back to earth and found herself in the tomb... she'd hug him the way she hugged Shadow. I don't think if she saw Sweeney it would have deterred her for more than a few moments from going after Wednesday who she perceives as having ruined her relationship with Shadow. She'd just be making sure he could bring the sword from his hoard. On the other hand we were shown at least one scene where they'd been alive and in each other's orbit before. I'm remembering the jail scene where they were talking to each other through the bars.
Stopped right here to rewatch the episode s1 e7, A Prayer For Mad Sweeney.
Basically in the telling of Essie McGowan's story (as written by Ibis) it is she who brings a certain Leprechaun and former King to the new world. Essie McGowan believed in all kinds of magical creatures, especially Leprechauns. She kept belief in them alive through her storytelling over her lifetime and though she hadn't ever seen one, she never stopped leaving them offerings of cream and bread and at one point a gold coin she'd been given by a lover. Days before her death sitting on the porch of the farm she'd inherited from her husband, Mad Sweeney walked up and said it was she who brought him here. She and a few others like her. He's doing tricks with his gold coin and lamenting this land has no time for magic; no place for faeries and such folk. That's a short version, but they acknowledge the good they'd done for one another. She'd been an indentured servant and from England to the new world and back and forth again and in trouble for thieving (at one point almost executed) and had to survive doing sexual favors before marrying and ultimately becoming the proprietor of the farm.
Getting back to this juncture: When Ibis and Salim talked about Sweeney's love for her ultimately facilitating her journey back to life by completing Baron Samedi's potion, IDK if it was romantic love she was feeling like she feels for Shadow? Maybe more gratitude and regret that the opportunity to express it was gone forever? Maybe not even that. I keep remembering Sweeney calling her the c-word over and over and IIRC it was he who caused the car accident (and possibly Shadow being caught executing Laura's perfect plan to grift the casino and being put in jail), all on Wednesday's orders. She's still driven by the rage she feels for Wednesday having had her killed and ruining her marriage, so IDK if she feels that much forgiveness for Sweeney just because he was fulfilling a debt he owed Wednesday when he acted.
I forget which episode it was, possibly also in season one where Laura Moon expressed her disillusionment with life when one gets past their formative years and learns there is no Santa Claws, no Easter Bunny and no farm where old dogs go? She may not be able to slay Wednesday in the literal sense as a regular girl back among the living, but isn't it legions of non-beleivers like her that threaten The Old Gods right out of existence?