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1!!FridgeBrilliance²²* The fact that Heaven and Hell are in an office building (the ''same'' office building, no less) puts their interactions with humanity in a new light. Heaven is like a company that has found it profitable to be good to its "customers," but it doesn't actually care about them; when push comes to shove, the company throws everyone else under the bus for their own interests. Hell, on the other hand, not only finds it more profitable to screw over its "customers," but encourages the dog-eat-dog employee workplace environment that corporations are infamous for.²** The floor that contains the elevators is made of water. Aziraphale simply walks on it and goes Upstairs, while Crowley first walks on it, then sinks to go Downstairs. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Peter walked on the water towards Jesus, but he became afraid and began to sink (lost faith), so Jesus rescued him.²* When Crowley hears that Jesus is being crucified for his message of "Be kind to each other," he sadly understands rather than expressing bewilderment or horror. Of course he understands, Crowley regularly works with other demons who would be violently offended at the suggestion of showing kindness.²* The audience is shown that Heaven and Hell's "Great Plan" is not in line with the Ineffable Plan in the first episode. The third-person omniscient narrator identifies herself as God and explains that She doesn't play dice with the universe--Her game is similar to an incredibly complex game of poker in the dark, where no one else knows the rules. The show then explains the mistake with the baby swap through the visual metaphor of a dealer performing a shuffling trick that puts the card representing the Antichrist where no one expects him to be, accompanied by God's narration. While She never says anything explicitly (which would be pretty out of character), God is giving the audience insight into one of Her card games, showing that no matter what Heaven and Hell believe about the Great Plan, Her true,*Ineffable* Plan is that the Antichrist will grow up like any other human, and have a choice in his future.²* While both Heaven and Hell have clearly decided what to do with Crowley and Aziraphale long before, it's interesting that Hell at least goes through the motions of giving Crowley a trial, while Heaven does not do the same for Aziraphale. It could suggest that the archangels are so convinced they can't do wrong that they don't see a reason to second-guess their decision in any way, to the point that nobody even answers when Aziraphale asks if he couldn't persuade them to reconsider. Beelzebub, on the other hand, gives Crowley a, however tiny, chance to change their minds.²** Alternately: demons are used to double-dealing and manipulation, while angels are repeatedly shown to be gullible and take things at face value. Of course demons would think Crowley had more to say or some kind of plan, while angels would assume the worst of Aziraphale without question. “Not questioning" is the reason they're still angels, after all.²** Another interpretation: Hell is a land of chaotic evil demons looking for a spectacle and they never actually intended to give Crowley a chance to make any points, they just wanted to watch him squirm at a trial and then be executed, while Heaven is a land of lawful "good" (aka an authoritarian dystopia) and the angels are just concerned with getting the trouble maker out of the way as fast as possible so they can go back to being orderly.²** Alternatively, the 'Angel not getting a trial' is a subtle [[EvilLawyerJoke "All lawyers go to Hell"]] joke.²** Crowley is only getting a trial the same way that Josef K. is getting a trial. Notice that instead of a defence counsel, he gets a person making sure none of his misdeeds are forgotten. It's a farce and a mockery of justice intended to make him squirm - notice how the bathtub is already waiting in full view - in front of an audience of other demons. There is clearly zero intention of taking anything he says into consideration. The demons are just twisting the knife.²* The exchange between Adam and his mother in the last episode is a direct parallel to the original events in Eden on a smaller scale. Like God, Deirdre is a loving parental figure choosing to let her child go out into the garden, even though she knows he’s probably going to disobey her one instruction. Sure enough, Adam mimics his namesake, disobeys, and leaves the garden, even stealing an apple on the way. The narration also drives home the parallel, suggesting both acts of disobedience to be WorthIt.²* It makes perfect sense for War to be carrying Aziraphale’s flaming sword. It was the first weapon ever wielded by mankind, after all.²* Aziraphale and Crowley talk with each other during most of the "To be, or not to be" monologue. They stop and listen when it mentions "the pangs of despised love", and "the insolence of office". Their shared inability to acknowledge their mutual feelings (either [[HoYay/GoodOmens2019 romantic]] or of [[HeterosexualLifePartners good friendship]]),and the bullying from their respective Head Offices, are the only things keeping them apart. ²* An early hint that Crowley and Aziraphale switched bodies? When "Crowley" sees his Bentley parked on the sidewalk in perfect condition, he hails a cab instead of taking his car--because, regardless of whether Aziraphale can drive or not, he's not going to drive the restored Bentley, especially not before Crowley himself gets to. Meanwhile, "Aziraphale"'s reaction to the restored bookshop is extremely subdued; there's mild surprise at Adam's addition of some favorite children's literature, but not the delight you'd expect.²* There's another reason why Aziraphale and Crowley's body swap trick to escape their executions and con their sides into leaving them alone goes flawlessly--as described in the book, most angels and demons have no imagination or ability to think creatively, and Crowley's unique among demons for his ability to do so. Creativity and imagination are ''human'' traits--traits that rubbed off on Crowley and Aziraphale during their six millennia spent among humanity. Heaven and Hell, on the other hand, hardly spend time on Earth at all, preferring to stay sequestered in their own realms when not on necessary business. Unable to imagine that they'd come up with the idea of switching their bodies to ''look'' like they were immune to the only known substance capable of destroying them completely, it's no wonder that Heaven and Hell fall for the trick, easily believe that the only explanation for it is that they'd somehow grown more powerful due to their time on Earth, and decide to leave them alone!²* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' is about a nun who leaves her convent, finds someone that she shouldn't really bond with that closely, and ends up loving him and his children, and staying in secular life, instead of continuing her attempt to be a nun. The nuns at the convent even assisted Maria in her flight, both emotionally and physically interceding to delay her Nazi pursuers. God might be playing that show/movie repeatedly because She wants the angels- ''any'' of them, really- to notice that the musical promotes the idea of ''making your own choices,'' and that independence is a good thing. Maria and the von Trapps are running from ''Nazis'', a secular regime that promotes conformity (and which Aziraphale and Crowley opposed). The angels keep missing Her point because (as mentioned above) they lack imagination and creative thinking, simply believing "Oh, She just really likes this musical about a nun."²* At the intro of the series, if you look closer to the faces of the characters in the parade, most of them have the faces of Crowley and Aziraphale. That is because, by temping Eve with the apple of knowledge and giving away his flaming sword, Crowley and Aziraphale helped humanity become what it is today.²* Crowley buys time to explain to Adam what he should do by transporting the two of them, plus Aziraphale, to a desert place that looks mightily like the sands outside of the Garden of Eden. The Doylist explanation might be "let's not add a filming location". The Watsonian one is that it ''is'' the desert: the first time, Eve made the choice (on Crowley's information/suggestion) to lead humanity on its path towards the Great Plan, and Aziraphale gave Adam the flaming sword to protect humanity. The second time, Adam made the choice (on Crowley's information/suggestion) to save humanity and avert the Great Plan-mandated apocalypse, and Aziraphale is wielding his flaming sword to protect humanity. (Also, Aziraphale was the one to threaten to never to talk to Crowley again if the demon doesn't come up with something.) ²* "Someone's killed my best friend! Bastards! All of you!" - The book points out Hastur using YouBastard towards Crowley was because "sometimes demonic cursewords were just not enough."²* In the end, all three Witchfinders shown on screen found a witch, one way or another. Adultery Pulsifer (committed Witchfinder) found Agnes Nutter (committed, real witch). Shadwell (committed Witchfinder) found Madame Tracy (witch for a living, not actually psychic). Newt (not-really-committed Witchfinder) found Anathema (committed, real witch). ²* Armageddon was the end of the world in Good Omens, just not the human world. It definitely ended Heaven and Hell in the sense that their internal structure fell apart.²** Alternatively, the world that lasted for 6000 years really did end, and the one that exists post-not-Armageddon is another one (an AU?), in which Satan was never Adam's father.²* Crowley always going with newest fashion, complete with different hairstyles and all, while Aziraphale is more a CreatureOfHabit makes even more sense, considering that he was a snake. Snakes shed their skin all their life, so metaphorically speaking that's what Crowley is doing, and why it is easier for him to go with the actual trends than it is for Aziraphale.²²!!FridgeHorror²* Crowley's utter heartbreak when he finds Aziraphale's bookshop in flames might seem a little over the top considering angels and demons can't really die by conventional means and their bodies just end up being discorporated, forcing them to wait for a new one to be assigned--until we get to the last episode and see that an angel's fatal weakness is ''hellfire''. Crowley probably thought that Hell found out about his closeness to Aziraphale and used hellfire to burn his shop down, rendering him not just discorporated but ''[[CessationOfExistence dead]]''. And just to twist the knife, the last conversation he had with Aziraphale ended with his intention to ''leave him behind'' and run away to Alpha Centauri to avoid Armageddon, his last words to him being "And while I'm off in the stars, ''I won't even think about you!"'' [[TearJerker No wonder he was so crushed!]]²** Especially if you consider that Aziraphale's phone receiver was lying on the floor as if dropped in a panic, and Hastur's habit of setting buildings on fire; it's easy enough to assume that Aziraphale called Crowley's flat and got the ansaphone, releasing Hastur in the process. Whereupon Hastur would've killed the angel with hellfire and set the shop alight.²** Even if Crowley assumed it was normal fire, normal fire means Aziraphale would be back in Heaven with no body. Among angels who are already mad at him, and at the cusp of "the big battle" so to speak - meaning Crowley would be seeing Aziraphale on the opposite side of the frontline at best and never at all (Heaven locking Aziraphale up till the battle is over and they either win, then kill Aziraphale and Crowley along with the rest of the demons or lose, and the demons kill Crowley and the captive Aziraphale along with the rest of the angels) at worst.²* Gabriel is traditionally the angel who informed Mary that she was pregnant with Jesus. Just imagine [[JerkAss this version]] of the Archangel Gabriel breaking that news to poor Mary.²* Aziraphale and Crowley laugh off their body-swap with an air of AngstWhatAngst, but when you stop and think about it, the risks they took were ''massive:''²** They're completely and utterly alone, among their sworn enemies, trusting the other to pull off their side of the con while having no way to assist them if something goes wrong. If either one slips and reveals the ruse, they're ''both'' doomed. [[SarcasmMode No pressure then.]]²** If their trick was discovered, each was stranded on the side that had the ''most'' access to his fatal weakness.²** Hell being Hell, Aziraphale had no guarantee that they'd do anything quickly. He could easily have been tortured, and keeping up the charade through that would have been extremely difficult. ²** Meanwhile, Crowley's dragged back up to Heaven. While not as overtly threatening as Hell, that had to be traumatic for a fallen angel.[[note]]Remember, when Crowley had to go into a church he walked as if on hot coals due to the hallowed ground.[[/note]]²** Then add the worry for their friend. These are two beings who've been shown to care ''deeply'' for each other. Aziraphale's flat "That's holy water" and Crowley's reaction to the hellfire have an air of barely restrained horror -- not for themselves, but from the idea that this is the fate that awaited the one they love. We've already seen what holy water can do, and Aziraphale's fear that Crowley would use holy water as a suicide pill -- imagine how it would feel to sit there, wearing your best friend's face, knowing that your worst nightmare was so close to coming true.²* And then there's what must have happened after their trials were over. It's unlikely that Aziraphale and Crowley were dropped back on Earth at the exact same time, so it is likely that one of them was stuck waiting on that park bench for a bit, worried sick and hoping that the other made it safely as well, all while still having to stay in-character in case anyone was watching.²** There was also no guarantee that Heaven/Hell would be freaked out enough to simply stop after the holy water and hellfire failed to work. Even if they couldn't pull a CessationOfExistence on them, there's still the possibility of inflicting a FateWorseThanDeath. That line Aziraphale drops about "eternity in the deepest pit"? ''That was a real possibility.''²* As horrible as it is, Crowley being on trial -- and even being sentenced to execution -- makes a grim sort of sense. The audience is shown that Crowley is basically a good (and at times, even sweet) person/being -- but he kills Ligur in a particularly horrific way. It's self-defense, yes, but it's one of the few perma-deaths in the show.²** That said, Crowley ''does'' have morals. He must have been exceptionally afraid of the fate that awaited him in Hell if he was prepared to play this particular trump card.²* The reason Hastur in particular was so terrified when Aziraphale-as-Crowley was just chilling in the bath of holy water is probably because he was remembering their confrontation in Crowley's flat, when he decided Crowley was bluffing because he saw the plant mister drip water onto Crowley's hand. Hastur now believes that Crowley is immune to holy water, so in his mind, Crowley might not have been bluffing with the plant mister after all.


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