Today, Amazon announced they’ve renewed Good Omens for a second season, set to begin filming in Scotland this fall. The new season will be written by Neil Gaiman and John Finnemore. Gaiman will also serve as co-showrunner, with Douglas Mackinnon returning as the season’s director. Michael Sheen and David Tennant will reprise their roles as the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, respectively.
According to Amazon, the six-episode season will continue exploring Aziraphale and Crowley’s friendship, with its storylines set to “go beyond” what was originally in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel.
“Having been on Earth since The Beginning and with the Apocalypse thwarted, Aziraphale and Crowley are getting back to easy living amongst mortals in London’s Soho when an unexpected messenger presents a surprising mystery.”
Gaiman’s Thoughts on Season Two
The show’s first season covered the entirety of Gaiman and Pratchett’s original novel. So, fans might be wondering how a second season could even be made. In a blog post on his website, Gaiman elaborated on how the second season came into existence, saying:
“It’s been 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. (I got to use bits of the sequel in the TV series version of Good Omens — that’s where our angels came from.) Terry was clear on what he wanted from Good Omens on the telly. He wanted the story told, and if that worked, he wanted the rest of the story told.”
“So, once Good Omens the TV series had been released by Amazon and the BBC, to global acclaim, many awards and joy, Rob Wilkins (Terry’s representative on Earth) and I had the conversation with the BBC and Amazon about doing some more. And they got very excited. We talked to Michael Sheen and David Tennant about doing some more. They also got very excited. We told them a little about the plot. They got even more excited. … I asked John [Finnemore] if he’d be willing to work with me on writing the next round of Good Omens, and was overjoyed when he said yes. We have some surprise guest collaborators too. And Douglas Mackinnon is returning to oversee the whole thing with me.”
What to Expect in Season Two
When talking about what fans might expect in the second season, he added:
“There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon. Here are, perhaps, some of the answers you’ve been hoping for. As Good Omens continues, we will be back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery which starts with one of the angels wandering through a Soho street market with no memory of who they might be, on their way to Aziraphale’s bookshop. (Although our story actually begins about five minutes before anyone had got around to saying “Let there be Light”.)”
Michael Sheen and David Tennant on Returning
Michael Sheen and David Tennant both commented on their return. Sheen said:
“Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
“The return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil’s wonderful words once more. It’s probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know – swings and roundabouts.”
At this time, there is no further information about further casting or a potential release date.
The second season of Good Omens begins filming this fall. Amazon Studios, BBC Studios Productions, The Blank Corporation, and Narrativia will produce the upcoming season. Neil Gaiman, Douglas Mackinnon, Rob Wilkins, John Finnemore, and Josh Cole will serve as executive producers.
Are you excited to see the second season of Good Omens? Where do you hope the story goes?
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