Good Omens is finally back after 4 years. The series, based on the novel of the same name co-written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen as an angel and demon who decide to stop the apocalypse after growing fond of humanity and the way the world is. In addition to the show’s two leads, a star-studded cast including Brian Cox, Frances McDormand, and Jon Hamm make up the supporting characters.
The first season of the show followed the general plot of the novel (easy enough to do with Neil Gaiman as a writer on the show), and kept the book’s humorous tone. The first season premiered to rave reviews, and a second season was all but confirmed.
Now the show has returned, and the apocalypse is averted. The show has begun to move past the original book’s plot, so the writers will be able to take creative liberties with the characters and explore new ideas. It’s an exciting prospect for fans new and old alike, as decades since the book’s publication, there’s a new way to enjoy the book and its characters, all with one of the writer’s implicit approval.
But as for the longevity of the show, fans are probably wondering what’s next for the series. Is there an intended ending now that it’s gone beyond the scope of the original book? And what will Season 3 even be about? We’ve got all the answers for you below.
Until its jarring cliffhanger brings the good times to a screeching halt, Good Omens 2 unfolds like one long Valentine’s Day special, and the chemistry between the two leads makes it a winning concept. The supernatural pair have been a beloved odd couple since they were originally introduced in the 1990 novel by Gaiman and late co-author Terry Pratchett, but their relationship in the show’s first season was more subtextual. This time around, in another season co-written by Gaiman and John Finnemore, the nature of their love is plain as day on Sheen’s face, and his smitten looks and flustered mannerisms are enough to make shippers of us all.
Sheen makes an interesting comparison, saying that when it comes to post-heaven and hell Crowley and Aziraphale, he “always [thinks] of the Beatles where they talked about how they became so close because no one else could know what it was like to experience what they were experiencing.” That’s surprisingly fitting, and it also rings true because often Sheen’s angel looks at Tennant’s demon like he’s the only person in his world. Sometimes he hides his smile, and other times he beams outright. When someone else mistakes them for a couple, he can’t help but look pleased. There’s something about the actor’s performance that makes butterflies beat ferociously in one’s stomach, and five-plus hours of that in a row is enough to make a person giddy.
The majority of Good Omens 2 is a fluffy, sweet comfort watch that puts a fantasy spin on classic romance tropes. The last 10 minutes of the season are something else entirely. Just as Crowley is about to tell Aziraphale he loves him after centuries of loving but undefined companionship, his angel decides to take a job in heaven, where Aziraphale imagines he’ll be able to restore the demon to his former glory. If most of Good Omens Season 2 feels like taking a ride on a fluffy cloud of wholesome, queer love, this is the moment the cloud suddenly evaporates and leaves us – and Crowley – plummeting toward the ground with nothing to break our fall. The gulf between the pair’s ideological split is too vast, and when Aziraphale chooses faith in heaven over faith in his friend, the conversation abruptly starts to feel like a breakup.
The fact that Sheen so deftly employed a charming crush performance leading up to this moment makes the twist of the knife when Aziraphale fails to meet Crowley halfway all the more painful. According to Sheen, that ending was built into his performance all season long. “We always knew where they were going to get to at the end of this particular part of the story,” he told IGN. “And I think retrospectively thinking about that, it made it a more, I think, interesting and exciting journey to be able to seed in things all the way along that would mean that endpoint that they get to be as difficult and as satisfying and as challenging and heartbreaking and all the rest of the things that you would want it to be.”
“It’s thirty-one years since ‘Good Omens’ was published, which means it’s thirty-two years since Terry Pratchett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel,” Gaiman said in Amazon’s renewal announcement. “I got to use bits of the sequel in ‘Good Omens’ — that’s where our angels came from. Terry’s not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do with ‘Good Omens,’ and where the story went next.”
The second season of “Good Omens,” which was written by Gaiman and John Finnemore, goes back further in time than the original did, to the “before The Beginning” period of Crowley and Aziraphale’s friendship, while simultaneously showing them thwart yet another disaster of Biblical proportions in the present day. Throughout the six-episode season, the two attempt to figure out why the archangel Gabriel (Jon Hamm) shows up at Aziraphale’s bookshop in London with amnesia while hiding him from Heaven and Hell so they won’t get in even more trouble with their former employers (having been cast out in Season 1).
Will There Be a Good Omens Season 3?
It’s very possible. Season 2 just released on July 28, so Amazon has yet to give an official announcement on the future of the show. It all depends on how many people watch the show, and if Amazon believes the number of viewers is enough to warrant a renewal. However, Season 2 has clearly set up a cliffhanger for the next season.
Did Nina and Maggie End Up Together?
Among the characters introduced in Season 2 of Good Omens are the humans Nina (Nina Sosanya) and Maggie (Maggie Service). Maggie owns a record shop and has a secret crush on Nina, who’s, in turn, the owner of a coffee shop trapped in an abusive relationship.
Aziraphale and Crowley perform a miracle to conceal Gabriel’s identity as part of their plan to hide the Supreme Archangel from Heaven and Hell. The energy emitted by the miracle is detected by Heaven, who sends Muriel to investigate the matter. To justify the burst of energy, Aziraphale lies and says that the miracle was made so that Nina and Maggie would fall in love with each other. So, during Season 2, Aziraphale and Crowley do everything they can to turn the lie into truth without using magic.
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