Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s Good Omens has been available to stream since July, but every rewatch — yes, inclusive of the season’s devastating final 15 minutes — makes us notice new details, pop culture references, and Easter Eggs we didn’t see before.
And as we wait for news about Good Omens Season 3, here’s a quick rundown of details you might not have noticed from the six clever episodes of the second installment. If there’s anything you spotted that I missed, do let me know in the comments!
All The Good Omens Book References
Season 1 of Good Omens may have covered everything that happened in the 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett, but that doesn’t mean that the latest six episodes of the series can’t give it a nod — or several.
A reference spotted by many a fan was in the scene where Gabriel / Jim shelves books in his uniquely unhelpful way: alphabetically, but by the first letter of each book’s opening sentence. We see him read out the first sentences of A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Good Omens: “It was a nice day. All the days had been nice.”
Eagle-eyed fans might’ve also spotted that the book Jim uses as a fly swatter is The Wicked Bible, which the novel mentions as part of Aziraphale’s collection. We see two more items from his collection — An Excellent Conceited Tragedie called Golde Diggers of 1589 and The Comedie of Robin Hoode, or, The Forest of Sherwoode — in Gabriel’s box, which Aziraphale presumably had been using for storage.
A Homage to Terry Pratchett
Like the first installment, Good Omens Season 2 pays homage to the late Terry Pratchett, co-author of the original novel. His hat and scarf remain in Aziraphale’s bookshop, while a portrait of him dressed as the Witchfinder General hangs in The Dirty Donkey pub. The Colour of Magic, the first book of Pratchett’s Discworld series, is also the “bendy” book that Jim presents to the Angel Saraqael in Episode 2.
The show also references Discworld when Mrs. Sandwich, who runs a brothel, uses the word “seamstress” as a euphemism for “sex worker” during The Ball episode. Plus, the name itself — Mrs. Sandwich — sounds like someone you’d find in one of Pratchett’s books, which are home to characters like Mrs. Cake and Magrat Garlick.
Many of Prachett’s characters also talk about “hearing” the capital letters of a word people are excited about, like when Aziraphale happily declares he’s found a Clue, and Crowley responds by telling him not to “pronounce the capital letter.”
Nods to Beloved Season 1 Characters
Anathema, Adam, and the Them don’t make an appearance in Good Omens Season 2, but they’re far from forgotten.
Anathema’s crystal ball makes an appearance in the Nazi Zombie Flesheaters minisode, while Wensleydale’s collection of The Wonders of Science and Nature magazines can be seen on Aziraphale’s desk — presumably donated to the bookshop.
We also see a portrait of Agnes Nutter being burned at the stake at The Dirty Donkey.
Doctor Who in the Good Omens Universe
The fact that David Tennant, the actor who plays the demon Crowley to utter perfection, is also famous as the 10th Doctor in the Doctor Who universe, has led to a fun fan theory that Crowley sidelines as an actor when he’s bored. Season 2 makes plenty of references to the beloved British sci-fi series, which Neil Gaiman has also written episodes for.
Season 2 sees the return of the Metatron, who is played by Derek Jacobi, who happens to be one of the actors that portray the Master in the Doctor Who universe. Peter Davison, the actor who plays the Fifth Doctor, also stars as the biblical figure Job. (He also happens to be Tennant’s father-in-law, which makes the casting of Tennant’s son Ty as Job’s son Ennon even funnier.)
In Episode 4, Crowley plays with a fez in the magic shop, which is a reference to the 11th Doctor’s declaration that “fezzes are cool”. The same episode shows Aziraphale tempting Mr. Arnold with a 1965 Doctor Who Annual, and Mr. Arnold playing sheet music entitled “The Dr. Who: A Musical” on the harpsichord at the start of The Ball (no official musical exists).
Lastly, there’s also the container fly that was revealed to hold all of Gabriel’s memories. Beelzebub describes it as “bigger on the inside” — exactly like the TARDIS.
Muriel’s Earthly Inspector Constable Look
Tasked to investigate Aziraphale’s bookshop, the loveable and all-too-naive Muriel makes her big Earthly debut in a dazzling all-white constable uniform in one of the best moments from Good Omens Season 2. And while the ensemble is typical angelic wear, long-time Tennant fans would recognize its similarities with Dixon’s costume in the BBC cop show Dixon Of Dock Green, where Tennant played PC Andy Crawford.
For the Love of Queen
The demon Crowley’s love for Queen and their music is established within the first few pages of the Good Omens novel, as well as the very first episode of the TV series.
Though “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” is the only Queen song to make a direct soundtrack appearance in the second season of the show, it’s used as a clever bit of foreshadowing. In Crowley’s rush to get to Aziraphale in Episode 1, the song skips over the line “dining at the Ritz” — which the two don’t end up doing, despite Crowley’s wish for an extremely alcoholic breakfast at the Ritz, in the season finale.
Plus, if you listen closely, you could hear instrumental versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Gaga” and “The Show Must Go On” across Good Omens Season 2.
Gabriel / Jim’s package
The first episode of Good Omens Season 2 sets up the central mystery with a naked Gabriel walking through the streets of Soho with nothing but a cardboard box to hide his nether regions. And yes, some of us might have been reminded of the Lonely Island SNL Skit “Dick in a Box,” but book fans might also remember that it’s canon for angels to not have genitalia — unless they “make an effort.”
And judging from the gasps and snickers from the crowd when Gabriel does drop the box and faces them, the former archangel did make the effort. Aziraphale never questions this choice, so we might assume that it’s standard procedure for angels going to Earth to do so.
When Aziraphale faces two rough-looking gentlemen in the Scottish graveyard in Episode 3, we see that one of them sports a tattoo that says, “NO REGERTS.”
It’s a reference, of course, to the viral “No Ragrets” tattoo from the 2013 film We’re the Millers, but it also references the season’s running joke about demons not being able to spell.
After all, some Good Omens Season 2 fan theories suggest that Maggie is a demon for writing “ugrency” in a note to Aziraphale. So it could be that the tattooed man (or their tattoo artist) is also a demon, or people are allowed to make spelling mistakes, big and small, in the Good Omens universe and Maggie’s note is simply a red herring.