Production is underway in Scotland and we can't wait to return to the world of Good Omens.
Amazon Prime Video has released two first-look images of the highly-anticipated second season of Good Omens, with Michael Sheen and David Tennant reprising their roles as angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley once more.
Based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, the first season of the Amazon Prime Video series followed the representatives of Heaven and Hell as they tried to stop the arrival of the Antichrist and nip Armageddon in the bud.
At the start of November, Gaiman retweeted the first image of both Sheen and Tennant in costume (complete with snowy white and flaming red locks, respectively), before teasing a potential development in Crowley's life for season two.
"You waited. And now you see @michaelsheen and David Tennant, being perfectly effable. (On our Soho set. The bookshop is on the left. Could that be a pub on the right?)," he posted on Twitter.
The cryptic note about the pub could suggest that Crowley (sat on the right) has set up shop - or more accurately, a pub - right across the street from his friend Aziraphale's bookshop.
The second first-look image shows both Aziraphale and Crowley in a darkened interior, with the former daintily sipping something from a tiny china cup.
What's more, with filming now underway, Amazon has teased that various season one cast members will be returning, but in brand new roles. Could there be an element of time travel on the cards?
Production on the upcoming season has only been underway a couple of weeks, but the cast and crew haven't disappointed on the first-look front, with director Douglas Mackinnon previously sharing a photo of Sheen and Tennant's white and red locks respectively as they return to their characters.
And we're not the only ones excited to see the pair back in costume, with Sheen telling fans on Twitter that seeing Aziraphale again made him "quite emotional".
"Little bit wobbly seeing him in the mirror again. But then just had to get on with it. Softly," he added.
Here's everything you need to know about Good Omens season two and when it'll be arriving on our screens.
Good Omens season 2 release date
When season two was first announced in June 2021, Gaiman revealed via a post on his website that sets were already being built in Scotland and that filming would be taking place "soon".
Season one of Good Omens was filmed over a six-month period between September 2017 and early March 2018, with the series eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2019.
With season two once again being made up of six episodes, it's feasible that we could see Good Omens season two by the end of 2022 – or at least by early 2023.
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Will there be a second season of Good Omens?
It's official – Good Omens season two is happening, and most importantly Neil Gaiman is on board. And not only that, but the show has begun production which means we are closer than ever to getting to see it.
Gaiman commented: “I am so happy to be back here on the streets of Soho, watching, every day, the glorious performances of Michael Sheen and David Tennant. I miss having Terry Pratchett's genius, but it does feel like we are still all walking around inside his head."
He continued: "In this season we get to have new adventures with old friends, to solve some extremely mysterious mysteries, and we encounter some entirely new humans (living, dead, and otherwise), angels, and demons. We were lucky in the first season to have so many outstanding actors taking part, so I took pleasure in inviting people back, wherever we could, some in the roles they played originally, some in new parts written just for them.”
Director, Douglas Mackinnon also shared a tweet that indicated he was ready to start the week with some Good Omens season two fun.
"I'm off for a sleep. I've got stuff on this week. @neilhimself," he wrote.
The news was announced in June 2021 – over two years after the first season premiered – along with confirmation that David Tennant and Michael Sheen would be reprising their roles.
Gaiman, who is also set to serve as co-showrunner, explained: “It’s 31 years since Good Omens was published, which means it’s 32 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 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.”
Gaiman had gone back and forth about whether or not a second season of the show might be a possibility, suggesting in March 2019, just before the first series aired, that there wouldn't be another series after all.
“The lovely thing about Good Omens is it has a beginning, it has a middle, and it has an end,” he said at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
“Season one of Good Omens is Good Omens. It’s brilliant. It finishes. You have six episodes and we’re done. We won’t try to build in all these things to try to let it continue indefinitely.”
"I think it would be fair to say that there is nobody in the world who doesn’t want more Good Omens,” he said. “Right now, the challenges of creating more Good Omens are challenges of time and the world, not of willingness.
“I would love to write more Good Omens. I want Crowley and Aziraphale together doing stuff. Watching Michael and David in Staged gave me so much joy, and a sort of weird, proud, kind of semi-parental joy, because I was like, ‘These are my boys. I put them together. And look at that!’.
“It also made me go, you know, ‘I really need to do something to get more Good Omens to happen.’ Because, honestly, I need David back in his sunglasses, and I need Michael shaved and with white hair, being Aziraphale again.”
Good Omens season 2 cast
It was confirmed upon the announcement of season two that both Michael Sheen and David Tennant would be reprising their respective roles of angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley.
The iconic duo have since gone on to work together on lockdown comedy Staged, and announced their return in typically humorous style.
“Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it?" said Sheen. "If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
Tennant added: “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...”
Also returning for the new episodes is Jon Hamm as the Archangel himself Gabriel, which was announced on the 16th December 2021.
Neil Gaiman, writer and co-showrunner, comments: “Good Omens 2 just would not be the same without the astonishing Jon Hamm as Gabriel, everyone's worst boss. The story that Terry Pratchett and I created all those years ago continues to take us from London's Soho into Heaven and Hell.
"It's a delight for me to bring back characters we loved (or hated) and bring in new characters, from the shiniest top floors of Heaven to the dankest basements of Hell, to love (or to hate, or to love to hate or hate to love). All of them are part of the strange and unusually beloved family of Good Omens.:
Douglas Mackinnon, director and co-showrunner added: "I couldn’t be happier that Jon has come back to do more Good Omens as the Archangel Gabriel, who is second in command in Heaven. He joins us nearly halfway through production, when we have already welcomed to the Good Omens 2 family familiar faces in familiar roles, familiar faces in unfamiliar roles, and unfamiliar faces in unfamiliar roles. We also have an unfamiliar face in a familiar role."
Additionally, there will be returning characters in the form of Angels Michael, played by Doon Mackichan and new arrival Uriel (Gloria Obianyo (Dune, High Life).
Other new angels added to the cast are Saraqael (Liz Carr)) and Muriel (Quelin Sepulveda).
Elsewhere, Shelley Conn joins the cast as a character from hell.
Meanwhile, various cast members from season one will be returning, but in brand new roles.
These stars include: Paul Adeyefa (Bancroft, Ransom), Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul), and Miranda Richardson (Stronger, Rams).
Good Omens season 2 trailer
While we don't have an official trailer for season two just yet, Neil Gaiman did share a behind-the-scenes photo from set, featuring a chair with Terry Pratchett's name on it in a tribute to the late writer.
"Terry is here in spirit and hat and scarf. When we shoot in the bookshop we will hang them in there but for now they are here on his chair," he wrote.
Good Omens season 2 plot
Gaiman told RadioTimes.com in 2017 that his planned sequel with Pratchett was "about where the angels actually came from", and that the extra angels in season one – including Jon Hamm's Gabriel – were drawn from those plans.
It, therefore, seems that season two will be some sort of origin story – with Gaiman confirming on his website that "our story actually begins about five minutes before anyone had got around to saying 'Let there be Light'".
Gaiman also promised fans would have “the answers [they’ve] been hoping for” and teased some cryptic plot details also: “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.”
Fans had also speculated since season one that Crowley and Aziraphale could turn their electric chemistry into a romance – an idea that Gaiman seems open to.
The internet was abuzz with hopes the angel and demon could become “Ineffable Husbands” following the announcement of season two, with Gaiman replying to a fan query with a cryptic "wait and see".
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