The Good Place was a surprise hit when it debuted last year, and this season, it has gone to some pretty outrageous places: countless alternate versions of their own Bad Place, purgatory, a glimpse of the actual Bad Place, made-up boyfriends, real boyfriends, and trolley cars run amuck, just to name a few. And now, we're poised at the precipice of The Good Place.
But with the season finale looming, what will happen next? Will Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason, Janet, and Michael make it to The Good Place? Or is there something else in store?
Your friendly neighborhood SYFY WIRE contributors gathered to take their own best stab at what's going to happen, and this is what we came up with:
Since Eleanor realized that Michael was lying and that she and her friends were actually in The Bad Place, Michael has repeatedly hinted that Eleanor would've made a good demon. Simultaneously, there's been this very interesting trend where, as Chidi, Tahani, and Jason all severely struggle to get out of their own heads, Eleanor, who was ostensibly the worst, most heartless of the crew in life, keeps managing to rise above her own station.
Sure, Kristen Bell is one of the two biggest name-actors on The Good Place, but when has this show ever shied away from taking something obvious and turning it on its head? Eleanor doesn't have to be doing as well as she is just because Kristen Bell sang "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" and everyone still loves Veronica Mars!
I think that, as Michael has joked, Eleanor is not what she appears to be. But she's not a demon — Eleanor Shellstrop is... an angel.
Does she know she's an angel or is she a sleeper agent? I dunno. But, either way, I think Eleanor was planted in Michael's fake Good Place by the people running the real Good Place to see what he was up to.
In the last episode, the Judge (Maya Rudolph) said that whenever someone goes through the portal they get the opportunity to be judged. Last episode ended with Michael and Janet jumping through, so I think that Michael and Janet will ask to be judged as well.
The Judge will give tests to both Michael and Janet leading them to being admitted to The Good Place and, since they learned these lessons from Chidi, Eleanor, Tahani, and Jason, they will get to go as well.
The twist though, is that heaven sucks. It's the absolute worst place in the world for these people, which basically confirms what Trevor (Adam Scott) said in Season One; That Eleanor isn't meant for The Good Place.
Now, they're stuck in a heaven they hate trying to figure out how the hell they can find a way out. And where do they want to go? Somewhere Else....which *just* happens to be the name of the finale episode.
Oh, and Blake Bortles will cameo.
With Michael and Good Janet showing up in the closing moments of last week, it seems likely they'll aim to keep the ensemble together next year no matter how the dust settles on the season finale.
My theory is that the group will wind up in a new "place" by the end as a way to set-up Season 3 — perhaps a purgatory of sorts concocted by the Judge to allow them to continue their journeys to become better people who might eventually deserve to enter the Good Place.
Eventually, you know, after a few more seasons.
That said, it wouldn't surprise me if the show goes pretty much anywhere at this point. It's clever, ambitious and not afraid to break the status quo. As far as way-out theories, I think Janet could be revealed as God at some point — and Derek has to come back. Wind chimes and all.
There is no good place and there is no bad place. Everything we have seen and/or have been told about is part of a whole, and the good and bad are all mixed together. There is no light and dark, there is no black and white -- there is only gray. It is within each soul to make the right decisions, to have their soul in their own "good place" as it were.
Chances are that none of this matters, however, because the entire gray existence is really just an elaborate ethical subroutine tutorial being run by a robot in the year 4600. Janet is the robot, and is the only character who is not a simulation.
I predict that the gang is still in the Bad Place. All of this — changing Michael's outlook on life and teaching a demon how to be a good person, sneaking through a roomful of lava rock monsters in human skin, hanging out with a judgy Maya Rudolph, undergoing trials — is torturous.
But let's take it one more step: the Bad Place is similar to the nine layers of hell outlined in Dante's Inferno. While Dante's version of hell divides sinners up into these layers or circles by what they did to deserve eternal torture (lust, gluttony, etc.), I suggest that every layer is just a different kind of torture that Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason will endure. Michael's neighborhood was just the first layer of nine that the gang has to make their way through while the majority of Season 2 has been the second layer.JORDAN ZAKARIN
Eleanor is the only real human character, and this whole thing has been a test of whether she can change. Chidi, Jason, and Tahani are all archetypes of people she hated in her earthly existence, and now she's on a journey to sacrificing herself for their salvation.
Also, Janet is God.
What do you think? Sound off with your theories or we'll all be tortured even more than normal!