'Good Omens' Season 2 Finale: Biblical and Heartbreaking
"Good Omens Season 2 finale delivers a heartbreaking twist as Aziraphale and Crowley finally share a tragic kiss."
***SPOILER ALERT: This article includes major spoilers for Good Omens Season 2.***
Good Omens fans have eagerly awaited the moment when Aziraphale and Crowley would finally share a kiss. The beloved angel and demon duo captured our hearts when the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens novel premiered four years ago. After the overwhelming success of the first season, a second installment, Good Omens 2, was greenlit and is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. However, with the original story already covered in the initial six episodes, Good Omens 2 had to venture into uncharted territory and expand beyond the book. The season finale delivers a heartbreaking revelation inspired by the New Testament.
The undeniable charm of the odd couple relationship between Crowley and Aziraphale has been a major draw for fans. Throughout the series, these two characters, an angel and a demon, have shared a deep bond that has endured since the beginning of time. They navigate through history together, causing both miracles and mischief, and their connection serves as the emotional core of Good Omens. While their relationship has always been endearing, it has never crossed into romantic territory in the original novel. With the opportunity to explore the characters further in a second season, the creators faced the challenge of maintaining the quality of the writing without the source material's guidance. However, this also provided a chance to delve into new aspects of Aziraphale and Crowley that the books may not have fully explored.
For the most part, season two of Good Omens focuses on Aziraphale and Crowley's journey through different time periods. The first five episodes follow them as they navigate moral dilemmas and interact with humans throughout history. Their affectionate banter and bickering continue, with Crowley often giving Aziraphale longing looks that the oblivious angel fails to notice. Human characters frequently mistake them for a married couple or life partners. This fluffy and fan service-oriented approach maintains the beloved dynamics of the characters and serves as a pleasant continuation of their story.
However, the season finale takes an interesting turn. It not only resolves the newly-introduced romance between Nina and Maggie but also sees Aziraphale being invited by Metatron to return to heaven and replace Gabriel as the leader. After witnessing Aziraphale's love for humanity and his realization that heaven is not what it seems, we are shocked to see him accept the offer, on the condition that Crowley is also reinstated as an angel and allowed to accompany him. From Aziraphale's perspective, this appears to be a win-win situation. Both he and his best friend can return to heaven together and use their newfound power to shape eternity for the better.
However, returning to heaven is the last thing Crowley desires. This invitation becomes a heartbreaking moment in an otherwise lighthearted season. Crowley is baffled by Aziraphale's assumption that he would want to go back to heaven and expresses his frustration. Throughout the season, we witness Crowley slowly coming to terms with his romantic feelings for Aziraphale. With some encouragement from Nina, he had resolved to confess his love to Aziraphale, only to be beaten to the punch by the invitation to heaven.
In a fit of anger, frustration, and heartbreak, Crowley pours out his emotions to Aziraphale. The issue of heaven has always been a point of contention in their friendship, and now their differences are cruelly exposed. Despite knowing the flaws of heaven, Aziraphale is still drawn to it, while Crowley has finally decided to take a risk and pursue a romantic relationship with Aziraphale. The sudden invitation feels like a rejection of their potential to escape the gaze of heaven and hell and live a life together.
To make matters worse, this confrontation takes place moments after witnessing Beelzebub and Gabriel, another angel and demon duo, confessing their love and successfully leaving their respective heavenly positions. Crowley realizes that running away together is a viable option after centuries of uncertainty. However, by the time he gathers the courage to propose eloping to Aziraphale, the angel has already made plans to return to heaven.
Finally, fans get the moment they have been waiting for as Aziraphale and Crowley share their first kiss. However, it is not the grand romantic gesture that fans anticipated. Instead, it is a tragic moment, a desperate attempt from Crowley to convey his feelings to Aziraphale, who has been oblivious to them for centuries. When they break apart, Aziraphale delivers a crushing line: "I forgive you."
This moment echoes Judas' kiss of betrayal to Jesus Christ, a tender moment before tragedy strikes. Crowley, devastated by what feels like rejection, storms out, while Aziraphale is left confused and heartbroken, his hand lingering over his lips. Aziraphale's "forgiveness" of the kiss feels cruel, especially after witnessing Beelzebub and Gabriel's happy ending. This exchange serves as a devastating ending to an otherwise light-hearted season. While it sets the stage for a potential third season with the concept of an "ineffable divorce," the framing of Aziraphale and Crowley's first kiss as a moment of tragedy and betrayal, rather than a grand romantic gesture, adds a biblical level of heartbreak.
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