- The Good Place season 4 will premiere on September 26 at 9 p.m.
- This fourth season of The Good Place will also be its last.
- The good news: The Good Place cast has already spilled some major spoilers about the show's ending.
Mark your calendars: The Good Place is officially coming back to TV for its fourth season this fall. Sadly, though, season 4 will be the last for the beloved comedy, which stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, and new stars William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil, and D'Arcy Carden.
There is some good news for The Good Place fans, however: The cast has already dropped a ton of hints about what will go down in their version of the afterlife this season. So here's everything we know so far about The Good Place season 4, including spoilers about what exactly will happen to Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason, Michael, and Janet as they meet their eternal fate.
Is The Good Place coming back for season 4?
Yes! The Good Place will officially kick off its fourth and final season on Wednesday, September 26 at 9 p.m., NBC confirmed. The network officially renewed the show for a fourth season back in December 2018. It will include 14 episodes with an hour-long series finale for a grand total of 53 chapters, Schur confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.
Will this really be the last season of the The Good Place?
Unfortunately, yes — back in June, it was announced that the show's team of writers had collectively decided that The Good Place has run its course.
"Given the ideas we wanted to explore, and the pace at which we wanted to present those ideas, I began to feel like four seasons — just over 50 episodes — was the right lifespan," creator Michael Schur wrote in a statement. "At times over the past few years we've been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy and at the end of the day, we don't want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant. As such, the upcoming fourth season will be our last."
How can I watch and stream The Good Place?
Great news: You can watch and stream The Good Place in a bunch of places. First, you can catch the show live on NBC when it airs at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall. If you can't watch the new episodes live, however, you'll be able to find them later on the NBC website, the NBC app, or on-demand.
Plus, if you have a Netflix subscription, you can catch up on (or re-watch!) the first three seasons in their entirety now.
Is the whole cast coming back?
Yes, all of your favorites will appear in season 4, including:
- Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop
- William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
- Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil
- Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza
- D'Arcy Carden as Janet
- Ted Danson as Michael
Given the ending of season 3, we're also hoping to see more of Adam Scott as Trevor, Tiya Sircar as Vicky, Marc Evan Jackson as Shawn, Maribeth Monroe as Mindy St. Claire, Jason Mantzoukas as Derek, Brandon Scott Jones as John, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Simone, and Maya Rudolph as the Judge.
Are there any season 4 spoilers?
Michael Schur and various cast members have dropped several major bombshells in interviews since season 3 wrapped up. Here's what we know so far:
The first episodes will revisit the season 1 experiment. "They're going to repeat this grand experiment of Michael's neighborhood with new people and see what happens," Schur told the Hollywood Reporter. "Their wager is that any group of people, if given a certain amount of love, support, empathy, and help, can become better. That essentially no one is beyond rehabilitation. That's the first chunk of episodes: repeating this experiment with these new people and having our crew now shift from students to teachers a bit."
Season 4 will get a lot more emotional. "It'll really hit the heartstrings," Manny Jacinto told E! News. "In these later seasons we're kind of getting down to the emotions and really trying to get people invested in these characters and what they've gone through."
We'll look back at past reboots. "We sort of revisit the different versions of Michael that have existed over the time of the show, starting with the demon version and going through the middle versions, and going through the end versions," Schur told Vanity Fair. "We sort of wanted to have him confront a bunch of different versions of himself, and try to figure out how it's possible that they all exist in one continuous timeline."
The show will play with new power dynamics. "We're starting in a very different place where the six of us are not all on the same page at all," William Jackson Harper told TV Insider.
"So, it leads to some really interesting dynamics."
We'll find out more about "soul mates." The writers purposefully complicated Chidi and Eleanor's romance with mind wipes, it turns out. "We're also trying to say something specific about the nature of 'soul mates,' which will be crystalized in the fourth season," Schur told Rolling Stone.
Eleanor will have someone torturing her specifically. "The Bad Place chose people who were specifically meant to smart bomb the four main humans," Schur said. "Tahani didn't know that guy John at all. She'd never met him, but he was there to torture her. In Chidi's case, Simone was actually someone that he knew ... Eleanor has another one on the way." That could include her dad Doug, mom Donna, or maybe someone particularly egregious from her sham pharma job.
The new four will not remember details that might interfere with the experiment. "The idea is, when the Judge gives them the okay to erase Simone's memory back to before she met any of the other four, and then Chidi decides to erase his memory back to the moment of the air conditioner falling on his head in his original timeline, all of the other people who might have any knowledge of his alternate timeline life/death would have those little memories erased as well," Schur confirmed to Rolling Stone.
We'll find out what Michael really is. Schur also revealed we will learn "a lot more about Michael's corporeal form" in the fourth episode of the new season.
The show will not end on a cliffhanger. "About halfway through you're going to see there's no way that this isn't the endgame," Schur told the Hollywood Reporter.
In a later red carpet interview with Variety, Ted Danson echoed the sentiment that the show's grand finale will be a satisfying one for fans: "The ending is just everything you would hope for in this show," he said.
The final message will be positive, but it might not be what you expect. If you're adhering to the fan theory that there is no Good Place, don't expect a nihilistic twist at the end. "The main lesson of the show, in terms of ethics, is that the important thing is that you try and you're aware that ethics matter," Schur said.
Still, though, Kristen Bell has teased that the ending might be more complicated than you expect — and it will definitely make you stop and think. "[Mike Schur] found an ending that is as meaningful as the reason he created the show," she recently told Collider. "He wanted to create a show that was a conversation starter, and the ending is a conversation starter. It's also deeply, deeply meaningful. I don't think anyone will see it coming."
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