Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens is coming back for a sequel season on Amazon Prime. The company announced today that it’s greenlit a sequel to its adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel, and that Michael Sheen and David Tennant will reprise their roles as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, respectively.
The TV adaptation debuted in 2019 on Amazon Prime Video, and followed Aziraphale and Crowley as they contended with the arrival of the Antichrist and and the prophesied Armageddon. Of course, it was a bit more complex than that.
According to Amazon, this new season will “explore storylines that go beyond the original source material to illuminate the uncanny friendship between” Aziraphale and Crowley as they’re plunged into a new adventure when a messenger with a “surprising mystery” turns up.
Prior to the launch of Good Omens, Gaiman signed an overall deal with Amazon, and this new project is part of that. Douglas Mackinnon, who directed the first season, will return as director. The first season was a co-production between Amazon and the BBC, but this second season will go forward with Amazon on its own. It’s also not clear if Jon Hamm, Frances McDormand, or any of the other members of the cast from the first season will return to reprise their roles.
On his blog, Gaiman explained that after he and Pratchett published Good Omens, they plotted out a sequel to the book, tentatively titled 668—The Neighbour of the Beast, but as their respective careers took off, the pair never got around to writing it. “It’s been thirty-one years since Good Omens was published,” Gaiman wrote, “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.)”
Good Omens earned considerable acclaim from fans and critics — in no small part because of Sheen and Tennant’s charisma and the faithfulness with which it was adapted to screen. The series went on to earn a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, in 2020.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will run for six episodes, and is expected to begin production sometime later this year in Scotland. Amazon hasn’t revealed when the series will debut on Amazon Prime Video.