Neil Gaiman Reveals What Prompted “Good Omens” to Finally Being Made

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in "Good Omens"(2019).

As morbid as it sounds, fans of Good Omens can thank Terry Pratchett’s death for the series finally being made.

The Amazon show starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and a demon trying to stop the apocalypse is based on the novel written by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman served as the writer and showrunner of the series and has revealed that they had been trying to adapt the literary work for years.

“Terry and I kept trying to find somebody that was going to make it for us,” Gaiman said. “We would go to top writers and showrunners in the world and say Good Omens and they would go, ‘Uhh, too weird.’”

In 2015 Pratchett died from Alzheimer’s, with Gaiman saying he received a letter from his friend telling him that he has to be the one to bring the novel to life.

“‘I want to watch it before the lights go out,’” Gaiman said Pratchett had written. “And then he died. Which moved it from my friend asking me to do something to a last request.”

The result is six episodes of awesome television.