The long-awaited Good Omens Season 2 is out, and the internet is absolutely on fire. Well, more on fire than usual. Mild spoilers ahead!
The first season of Good Omens is an adaptation of the 1990 novel of the same name written by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. The Amazon series stars David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale.
This season is a leeway into the events of a planned sequel to the novel. Due to Terry Pratchett’s death in 2015, it wasn’t written. However, Gaiman has made it his mission to finish telling this story.
The season starts after the end of the first season with Maggie, Aziraphale’s tenant, trading a record for rent. As Aziraphale sits in his bookshop listening to a symphony, an amnesiac naked Gabriel appears at the door kicking off the mysteries of the season: What happened to Gabriel, and why are Heaven and Hell moving to find him?
The main mystery of the season takes a backseat while the show expands on Crowley and Aziraphale’s millennia-long relationship. Throughout the season, we get more pieces to the puzzle of how their relationship came to be, as well as the harms of seeing the world in black and white.
We learn more about what happened to Gabriel between the end of season one and the start of season 2. At first watch, I wasn’t aware of the clues that were littered throughout the episodes. As Crowley and Aziraphale started piecing together odd occurrences throughout the season, I was trying to figure out how a Buddy Holly song is relevant to this mystery. During the final episode, everything came together seamlessly. This is a testament to Gaiman’s storytelling skills. Every little piece was essential to this mystery, no matter how irrelevant it appeared.
Funnily enough, these events unfold with very little fanfare.
However, the biggest shock of the season was watching our leading duo clash over their ideas of loving each other. I figured that after multiple millenniums of companionship, these ethereal beings would be above human issues. However, it is at this moment that we see how painfully human they are, showing these divine beings are just as messy as the rest of us.
Overall, this season was a master class in storytelling paired with excellent performances from everyone. While the series may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s most certainly the best TV I’ve seen all year.
I personally cannot find more perfect words to describe this season. So, I’ll borrow Neil Gaiman’s succinct description of quiet, gentle, and romantic. Good Omens season 2 is a bridge leading into the finale, and it does its job wonderfully. It presents a mystery and leads viewers throughout it with some seemingly irrelevant stories, but in the end, it comes together. While it left me with a lot of questions, I know this story is not over.
All I can do now is wait and see.