An In-Depth Look at One of TV’s Best Bromances
When it comes to TV friendships, we surely have seen it all by now. We’ve seen the tension, we’ve seen the banter, and we’ve seen the friends-to-lovers arc a million times. Nothing can really surprise us anymore, can it?
That is, at least, until “Good Omens” arrived on Prime Video, and we saw love in a new light. Now, “Good Omens” season two has launched on Prime Video, and we get to dive back into a friendship that helped redefine what TV love can look like.
In case you’re a “Good Omens” newbie, it’s a series where Aziraphale, an angel of Heaven, and Crowley, a demon of Hell, decided their pre-destined hatred for each other isn’t worth it, and rebel in the name of friendship (and maybe more?)
Of course, Michael Sheen and David Tennant play humanised versions of these deities, but seeing a friendship flourish between these beings of a higher plane has made for a relationship that’s well thought out, complex and absolutely refreshing to watch.
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The potential of Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship is teased early and often. Essentially, once the pilot kicks off, we’re thrust into thinking exactly what lies ahead for these two. In the series’ very first episode, we see Crowley — literally demonic in nature — convince Aziraphale that jointly raising the Antichrist will be the way to hold off Armageddon. Interesting tactic, but go off! Aziraphale comes around to the idea when it is pitched to him as “Godfathers” to the Antichrist, adding a wholesome touch to what is inherently a dangerous and risky plot.
That connection is only strengthened when you get into the way they actually talk to each other. Of course, with two British leads like Sheen and Tennant, the dialogue was never going to be dry, but the characters’ banter and wit are a reflection of just how well they know and understand each other. In the age of online discourse, disagreements over even the most trivial of subjects can turn into toxic spew-matches. But with these two, they bounce back and forth with one another and it never dampens their relationship.
Even over something as mundane as the M25, which Crowley created and then subsequently destroyed, their playful exchanges reveal a deep camaraderie and an unspoken language between them. It’s something we can all relate to, but is hard to capture onscreen like “Good Omens” has.
This makes for one of the most endearing aspects of Crowley and Aziraphale's bromance — their stark contrast. On paper, it shouldn’t work. Crowley’s mischievous and chaotic, and Aziraphale thrives in tradition and order. Yet, the two manage to put aside whatever personality differences they have (see: sushi) and you never question it. It’s a testament to Neil Gaiman’s writing and the acting by Sheen and Tennant, and we can’t wait to see how it continues to flourish in season two.
“Good Omens” is still a TV show, though, and it needs to have its stakes. Very few onscreen friendships have the literal fate of the world and all its physical and metaphysical planes resting on their bond, but Crowley and Aziraphale’s sure does. Where you’d think the two would be tested even more so due to the world-ending stakes, “Good Omens” keeps our favourite angel/demon duo concrete solid in their love for one another.
When Crowley, who is more likely to cover up his sincerity with barbs and dry wit, discovers Aziraphale’s bookshop ablaze in season one, he makes no secret of how he feels.
"Somebody killed my best friend. Bastards! All of you!"
It comes at a critical point in the show’s first season where Crowley realises that he’s not Just A Demon — he has desires too. Crowley learns to confront his own nature, at the same time as Aziraphale realises there’s more to life than following the rules just because that’s the way things have always been. Their shared journey highlights the transformative power of friendship and shows how their beloved bromance becomes a catalyst for their personal redemption. Bromances make better bros! You heard it here first.
Now, as we enter season two, we don’t know how this bromance will evolve — their friendship literally survived Armageddon so everything else might seem minor. But, in order to find out what comes next, you’ll have to tune into “Good Omens” season two on Prime Video now.
Even if nothing tests them, you’re still guaranteed top-tier British banter which makes a near-apocalypse all worth it.
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