(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read ahead unless you have watched through last Thursday’s episode of “The Good Place.”)
Anyone who is a fan of “The Good Place” — and many people who aren’t fans, but have had the greatest twist in the history of television spoiled for them by someone who couldn’t shut up about it — knows that season 1 of NBC’s breakout comedy hit ended with the central characters figuring out that they had been in the opposite of heaven all along.
Because Thursday is the season 2 finale of the Kristen Bell and Ted Danson led-comedy, it’s safe to say fans are wondering if the NBC comedy is gonna pull a fast one on us once more.
(Well, TheWrap for one would like a head’s up. Just sayin’). So luckily, creator and showrunner Michael Schur has assured viewers that the show won’t be pulling another fast one. Well, not exactly.
“If you just keep yanking the rug out from everybody, and going, ‘Everything you thought is now this totally different thing!,’ then I, as a viewer, would start to go, ‘Well, why should I believe anything you say?'” Schur told Entertainment Weekly.
“All you’re doing is watching the show and trying to guess the actual reality of what’s going on. So, we don’t do that. The end of this season is not ‘Guess what? We were right the first time — it really is the Good Place!’ You could just keep doing that forever, but it’s utterly diminishing returns. We tried to remain true to the DNA of the show in that we tried to do things that are interesting and surprising and maybe you didn’t see coming, but everything that you have learned about them to this point remains similar. Or actually, really true.”
So while Schur really isn’t giving up any spoilers, he did offer one infuriatingly cryptic hint.
“The very, very last thing that happens in this season is a pretty perfect bookend as it relates to the first thing that happens in the season,” Schur said. “It feels like a completed journey in some way. Not completed like the show’s over, mind you, it’s not a series finale. It makes a lot of sense given what happened at the beginning of the year.”
The season 2 finale of “The Good Place” airs tonight, Thursday, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.