Does the show’s universe have an ultimate authority figure?
It’s entirely possible that this was Judge Gen, since everyone from the Good and Bad Places seems to answer to her and most of the world building is probably done at this point. But if Gen isn’t the “God,” so to speak, of this universe, then who is? This could be a good opportunity for The Good Place to get in a final celebrity cameo.
What role will Vicky be playing in the final season?
When asked to tease the final season in an earlier interview, Mike Schur simply said, “Vicky.” That implies she’ll have some major role in the way things end up, but how? Vicky’s been part of the drama since the first season, but since Season 2 she’s had less of a major role. Will she do something that derails the experiment?
Who are the last two guests for the neighborhood experiment?
In the Season 3 finale we were introduced to John, a gossip blogger who’s there to torment Tahani, and Simone, an ex-girlfriend who was there to torture Chidi. But who’ll be added to the experiment to make life hard for Eleanor and Jason? Schur has teased that the connections to these two, in terms of the final two guests, will be less direct (so, probably no Donkey Doug — darn). One is an older lady named Linda, and she’s probably there to complicate things for Eleanor. But for Jason? Time will tell.
What is Janet?
In Season 3, Janet mentioned that she’s undergone so many updates that she’s probably the most advanced Janet in history — and she might not even be a Janet anymore. If that’s the case, what is she? And what’s the limit on her powers? Could Janet, in theory, build an entire universe outside the domains of the Bad and Good Places if things go sideways?
What happened to Eleanor’s mom?
Maybe nothing. It’s totally possible we’ll never see Donna Shellstrop again, given the way her storyline was wrapped up in Season 3. There are very few people who could torment Eleanor the way her mom can, but given what Schur has said about the final season, it’s unlikely she’ll be one of the two final guests admitted into the group’s experiment. If not, she definitely didn’t make it into the Good Place, so she might show up again with Shawn and his demons or could be used as leverage against Eleanor at some point.
Is there a way to get Chidi back?
Probably the most pressing question after the Season 3 finale was whether there’s a way to restore Chidi to being the person he was before he was, yet again, mind-wiped. He isn’t in any of the promotional photos for the first episode, and Chidi didn’t get a character portrait this season. So, there’s probably no easy “reset” option. But it remains to be seen whether he’ll fall in love with Eleanor again (we sure hope so).
What does the “Real Good Place” look like?
We’ve seen the mailroom, sure, and we know the air adapts to whatever someone most enjoys smelling. But despite revealing these details, The Good Place has yet to actually show its vision of heaven. Given that this is the final season, it’s time for the show to (literally) go there — and if there are more Good Place angels to be seen, it’s safe to say more celebrity cameos are incoming.
After three seasons of ethics lessons, demonic laughter, several varieties of Janets and foods ranging from froyo to chowder bubbling in a fountain, the September 26 Season 4 premiere marks the beginning of the end for NBC’s beloved comedy The Good Place.
The next 14 episodes will undoubtedly be filled with huge plot twists, questions with no good solutions and laugh-until-you-cry jokes. We’re sad to see this truly spectacular comedy go, but there are some questions we’re really hoping to see answered before we bid Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason and Michael farewell.
Here are seven things we’re pondering as we wait to watch “A Dirtbag from Arizona, Part One and Two.”
The Good Place, Season 4 Premiere, Thursday, September 26, 9/8c, NBC