NBC’s official description of “Whenever You’re Ready” is even less descriptive than Game of Thrones episode releases. “Various conversations occur, between various groups of people.” That’s it. That’s the episode description. And…it’s perfect. Because it doesn’t matter how The Good Place ends. It matters what you take away from The Good Place.
The Good Place leaves behind a legacy of thoughtful comedy. Yes, it made us laugh, but it also made viewers think.
“At the end of the day, I think that objective kind of shifted a little bit, because what we found, as we discussed it and wrote it and executed it, is that some very, very smart people over the last, say, 3,000 years have had a lot of very different opinions about that question… At the beginning I pitched it as ‘what it means to be a good person,’ and at the end, I think I would describe this as a show that makes the argument that we all ought to try harder than we are. And as long as you’re trying, you’re on the right path,” series creator Michael Schur said on stage at TCA.
Ahead of the final season’s premiere, Bell said the end of the show is “a little bit of tough love” and “it’s absolutely poignant and beautiful and will make you think.” The Golden Globe nominee told E! News she was “more satisfied than I thought I would be” with how things wrapped up.
“[Mike Schur] didn’t just end our story, he completed an idea and that is so rare…I don’t think…anyone will not like this because it’s true. He wrote down some real truths,” she said.
“I think that you’ll leave this final season, hopefully having learned something, but also feeling as if you are less alone, assuming you’re a good person, like I think we are, who made the show. And just knowing that no one really knows what they’re doing, but there are ways to steer yourself more in the right direction,” writer and co-executive producer Megan Amram told E! News. “And also, if there’s anyone watching the show who is maybe like, ‘I’m not that smart,’ then they can watch Jason and be like, ‘Oh, this person is way dumber than me,’ so they can feel better.”