The trailer for Neil Gaiman's 'Good Omens' has got his fans across the world wildly excited about the show's May 31 premiere on Amazon. The series is based on the 1990 novel 'Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch', which is written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Fans of the book are eager for the series and their eagerness is partly credited to Gaiman's success with his previous book-to-screen adaptations. What makes this series truly exciting is that it is a star-studded affair with the likes of David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Adria Arjona, Brian Cox and Mark Gatiss on the roll.
Fans of the book are particularly looking forward to seeing how Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) are adapted for the screen. For those who haven't read the book but are keen on the series, here is a look at the fabled bond between the two.
Tennant's Crowley, who was originally called 'Crawly', is a demon who has lived on Earth since the dawn of creation. He is the snake who tempted Eve with the apple from the tree of knowledge.
Sheen's Aziraphale, on the other hand, is an angel who has lived on Earth for as long as Crowley. In the novel, Aziraphale is the angel who is tasked with guarding the eastern gates of paradise.
Crowley and Aziraphale's friendship is perhaps the oldest bond in the history of the universe. The two have maintained an unusual friendship for the last 6,000 years — bickering and whatnot. Now, the two forces from different ends of the spectrum must come together to stop the apocalypse.
Despite coming from two ends of the cosmic tracks, Aziraphale and Crowley have developed a strong bond with each other — and they also love all things human on Earth too.
Given their love for eternal life on earth, they don't want to see the universe burn. "No more fascinating restaurants where they know you. No more old bookshops," warns Crowley about the apocalypse when convincing Aziraphale to join him.
'Good Omens' serves apocalyptic humor an on an enticing platter — there is the end of the world and everything beyond, but the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley shines through with wit, humor and warmth. And 'friends' doesn't entirely describe it.
When speaking to the press at New York Comic-Con, Tennant shared a special brownie about the relationship between Crowley and Aziraphale. "It's almost deeper than a friendship because they've known each other for such a long time — for all of history. They're almost like a marriage, aren't they? They're two halves of the same being by the end of the story."
"Ultimately, they never want to really hurt each other. But they bicker a lot, and they'll fight. But underneath, there's real respect for each other and sensitivity to each other," adds Sheen.
To offer a deeper insight into the characters of Aziraphale and Crowley and the relationship they share, Gaiman had written on his official Tumblr blog, "The TV series gets deeper into Crowley and Aziraphale’s relationship." He added that the book and the series act as partners in their own sense. "They don’t contradict each other, but there is territory covered by the TV series that isn’t covered by the book, particularly about Crowley and Aziraphale in bygone years."
Sheen has said that working on the chemistry between the two protagonists was one of the key pointers in the adaptation. "With this, it’s so much about what their relationship is like," Sheen says. "It was the first time we got a go at going, 'Oh, oh, you’re that color, and I'm this color. And when I do this, it seems to bounce off you quite well.' It felt like a dance, like going, 'This is how we move together.'"
Just like Gaiman said, the series is an extension of the book and will even have one particular episode highlighting the friendship between Aziraphale and Crowley — even feeding their fandom — by tracking the development of their friendship through the years.
"We go from Noah's Ark and the Garden of Eden, all the way through Ancient Rome and Arthurian Britain and the Globe Theatre and [the] French Revolution and so forth," Gaiman had specified. This will also shed light on the evolution of their relationship from rivals to partners.
This bickering friendship has won many hearts and fans of the book have some favorite interactions between the protagonists. "I know there's a lot of debate around the Internet about the idea of shipping Aziraphale and Crowley, but I think everyone can agree that they have great chemistry no matter what... Whether it seems romantic, friendly, or even them being annoyed at each other," says Reddit user 'rambunctiousmango'.
For Reddit user 'Keeperoftheseeds', the dynamic between the two is at its best when the two are on one of their missions. "I always like their going to interrogate the satanic nun. The banter in that whole bit is great. From when they are shot to joking about the nuns seemingly being richer, and no longer sharing a car to the actual interrogation."
Another instance where Aziraphale and Crowley's bickering shines through is when they're around Anathema Device, Agnes Nutter's last descendant and a witch herself, who teams up with Aziraphale and Crowley to stop the end of the world. "When they’re dropping off Anathema at her cottage, and Aziraphale is being overly polite and bowing and all that, and Crowley is just annoyed in the Bentley and shouts, 'Get in, angel!'" says Reddit user 'Grannysmithpears'.