In good news for fans of Neil Gaiman, apocalypse-themed comedy, and Don Draper, Good Omens season 2 will feature actor Jon Hamm returning to the role of the Archangel Gabriel. Along with series stars David Tennant (as reluctant demon Crowley) and Michael Sheen (as even more reluctant angel Aziraphale), Hamm will be back in 2022, according to Digital Spy.
Deadline reports that Jon Hamm will be returning as Archangel Gabriel, the leader of the armies of Heaven in their eternal war against Hell. This is pretty great new as he looks amazing in a white suit. He is joining a slew of new cast members for Good Omens season 2. Among them are Bridgerton’s Shelley Conn and Dev’s Liz Carr. None of this is surprising, as the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s comedy-horror novel Good Omens turned out to be a critical hit for a combined BBC and Amazon production.
Currently at an audience rating of 90% at Rotten Tomatoes, the plot of the show involves a prophecy of Biblical apocalypse, an Antichrist baby accidentally getting switched for a regular one, and a healthy dose of comedy ringers. Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation, Michael McKean of This is Spinal Tap and three-time Academy Award Winner Frances McDormand (as the voice of God) all appeared in the first season, which is solid evidence for quality casting ahead in Good Omens season 2.
Of course, this is not Jon Hamm’s first go at TV stardom; the actor shot to fame playing advertising antihero Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men for seven seasons. His take on the Archangel Gabriel was less angelic and more of the kind of boss you wish would leave the room and just let you get on with things, which added immensely to the understated weirdness of Good Omens season one. Since leaving his most famous role, Jon Hamm has kept busy appearing in movies like Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell, John Patrick Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme, (hopefully) soon in the long-delayed Tom Cruise sequel, Top Gun: Maverick and naturally, in Good Omens season 2.
While he’s played many dramatic parts, Jon Hamm appears to have a penchant for comedy, if his frequent appearances on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and Curb Your Enthusiasm indicate anything. So it’s not particularly surprising he would return to Good Omens season 2, especially after the praise heaped on the first run of the streaming series. While reports are still sketchy as to the actual storyline of the upcoming Good Omens season 2, Screenrant says Neil Gaiman has indicated that it will largely be based on ideas for 668: The Neighbor of the Beast, the unfinished sequel novel that he and Terry Pratchett had worked on. Sadly, Pratchett passed away in 2015, and plans for a continuation of Crowley and Aziraphale’s story were put on hold, at least till now. But with the upcoming season of Good Omens already building anticipation, we’ll have to see what Tennant, Sheen and Hamm bring to a new story.