Did Neil Gaiman threaten not to release Good Omens season 2?

Was Good Omens season 2 canceled?

Good Omens season 2 starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant

After a successful freshman run, Good Omens was renewed by Amazon Prime Video for a second season on June 29, 2021. Nearly a year after the renewal announcement, a lot of the show’s fans had started taking to social media to directly ask creator Neil Gaiman about the show’s return date, as the streaming service remained mum about the series’ season 2 premiere date at the time. This had given much pressure on Gaiman who seemingly threatened not to release the show’s sophomore run at all.

Did Good Omens season 2 push through?

Overwhelmed by the huge number of fans bluntly asking him on Twitter to announce a premiere date for season 2, Gaiman said that they might not release the show’s season 2 at all.

“No. And if you ask again like that, we may not release it at all,” Gaiman wrote in a tweet in response to a fan demanding a release date announcement for season 2.

Almost an hour later, Gaiman clarified in a follow-up tweet that he was just joking. “I thought it was funny, and hoped my reply was funny,” read a portion of his tweet. “WE WILL RELEASE GOOD OMENS 2, WHEN IT IS DONE. We only stopped shooting in March [2022]. There is much to be done.”

So, yes. Good Omens season 2 still pushed through and is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Good Omens season 2 release date

All six episodes of Good Omens dropped on Amazon Prime Video on July 28, 2023.

Good Omens season 2 plot

Good Omens season 2 follows angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant), now living back on Earth in London’s Soho neighborhood, as their easy lives are interrupted by an “unexpected messenger” who leads them into yet another mystery.

Season 1 covers the entirety of Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel of the same name on which the TV series is based, so season 2 is extra exciting for fans, as Gaiman and Pratchett never wrote a sequel to their beloved book. They, however, did make initial plans for a follow-up several years ago.

“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 a statement in 2021. “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. And now, thanks to BBC Studios and Amazon, I get to take it there.”

Prior to the season 2 release, Gaiman teased the new installment, saying: “There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favorite Angel and Demon. Here are the answers you’ve been hoping for. We are back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery, which starts with an angel wandering through Soho, with no memory.”

David Tenant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens season 2 poster
David Tenant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens season 2 poster

Good Omens season 2 cast

Aside from Sheen and Tenant, Jon Hamm comes back for season 2 to reprise his role as Archangel Gabriel. Other returning cast members include Doon Mackichan as Angel Michael and Gloria Obianyo as Uriel, who are joined by new angels portrayed by Liz Carr (Saraqael) and Quelin Sepulveda (Muriel). Bridgerton star Shelley Connhas also joined the cast for season 2 as a “key character from Hell”.

Good Omens season 2 trailer

Haven’t seen Good Omens season 2 yet? Check out the official trailer for the season below:

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Is there a season 3 of Good Omens?

As of August 23, 2023, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Two have yet to renew Good Omens for a third season. The second season premiered on July 28, 2023, and ended on a cliffhanger, leaving fans eager for more. However, there are a few factors that could affect whether or not the show is renewed.

First, the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike has delayed production on many TV shows, including Good Omens. It is possible that the strike could last for several more months, which would make it difficult for Amazon to start production on a third season anytime soon.

Second, the viewership of Good Omens season 2 will be a major factor in Amazon’s decision to renew the show. If the viewership is not high enough, Amazon may decide that it is not worth the investment to produce a third season.

Finally, the creators of Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, are both busy with other projects. Gaiman is currently working on a number of other TV shows, including Sandman and Anansi Boys. Pratchett passed away in 2015, so it is up to Gaiman to decide whether or not to continue the story of Good Omens without him.

Overall, it is too early to say whether or not Good Omens will be renewed for a third season. The show’s fate will likely depend on the outcome of the Writers Guild of America strike, the viewership of season 2, and the availability of the creators.

Where to watch Good Omens online?

The first two seasons of Good Omens are exclusively streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime membership for $14.99 per month or $139 per year. But if you’re not interested in any of Amazon Prime’s other perks, you can sign up for Prime Video on its own for just $8.99 per month.

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Is Good Omens on Netflix?

No. Good Omens is not on Netflix. As previously mentioned, the fantasy comedy series is exclusively streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Are Aziraphale and Crowley in love?

David Tenant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens season 2 poster
David Tenant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens season 2 poster

Fans have been shipping Aziraphale and Crowley ever since Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens book was released back in 1990. And the novel’s live-action adaptation has expanded on this even further through the undeniable chemistry shared by the show’s leads, Sheen and Tennant.

While they have yet to verbally express their love for each other, tender moments in the show such as when Aziraphale covers Crowley with one of his wings have led several fans to conclude that the two characters are in love with one another. Even Gaiman himself has confirmed more than once that Aziraphale and Crowley are in love. But Gaiman thinks that labeling the pair gay, bi or even pansexual is not really appropriate, as both characters are ethereal beings, which are canonically sexless in the book unless they purposefully choose one.

Is Crowley genderfluid?

As mentioned above, angels and demons in Good Omens do not have a gender or a sex unless they deliberately choose one. This has led some fans to assume that Crowley and Aziraphale are genderfluid. Apparently, this is not the case. In a couple of tweets to fans, Gaiman revealed that Crowley’s gender is “Fallen Angel,” while Aziraphale’s gender is “Angel (retired).”

Ethereal beings in Good Omens do not perceive gender in the same way that humans do, so it isn’t surprising that the show’s universe has an entirely unique set of labels for gender.

Source: ComicBook.com, Nerdist, Digital Spy
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