The Good Place Season 3 Preview: A New Type of Reboot

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The wait's almost over! After nearly eight months, The Good Place is back with all new episodes in just a little over a week.

Luckily, we were able to preview the first four episodes of The Good Place Season 3, and we've got the scoop on what's to come.

Related: The Good Place: Renewed for Season 3!

Read on for some teases about what to expect when The Good Place finally returns. And don't forget, you can stay up to date when you watch The Good Place online right here on TV Fanatic!

Taking the High Road - The Good Place

Aside from flashbacks, The Good Place has always taken place in the afterlife. The whole premise of the show relied on that fact seeing as our main characters' lives on Earth obviously ended with their deaths. 

The end of The Good Place Season 2 changed everything when Eleanor and the rest of her friends were resurrected by the judge and plopped back on Earth for a second chance. Despite being through hundreds of different reboots, we've never experienced anything quite like this.

With the very basis of the show altered, the real question is, "where do we go from here?"

Related: The Good Place Season 2 Episode 13 Review: Somewhere Else

Although there is a significant amount of time jumps over the first four episodes, the premiere picks up right where the Season 2 finale left off. Just like the rest of the reboots, Eleanor goes to Chidi for help to become a better and more ethical person. 

Eleanor and Chidi - Season 3 - The Good Place

As always, Eleanor and Chidi's connection is the driving force of just about everything. Whether these two were friends or more, it was their relationship that helped make both them and those around them better. 

But these two have never had it easy, and it seems like this season they'll have a few roadblocks (and love interests) standing in their way. 

Despite the ups and downs Eleanor and Chidi face throughout the series, it's hard not to see how perfect these two are for each other.

Although they weren't actual "soulmates" like Michael set them up to be, it seems like he may have accidentally stumbled onto the perfect pair. Now we just need this version of Chidi and Eleanor to realize it. 

Eleanor and Chidi aren't the only two whose lives on Earth we get to see. We also get a glimpse into what Jason and Tahani have been doing over the past year, and they've both been on quite interesting paths.

While Jason ends up pursuing a new passion, Tahani seemingly finds a way to get away from her sister and the public eye. And it's not at all what you'd expect.

Tahani - Season 3 - The Good Place

Meanwhile back in the afterlife, Michael and Janet will stop at nothing to get Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani into the real Good Place. Michael's constant persistence and the lengths he will go to to save his friends is a big part of the new season.

Season 3 makes it hard to believe that there was a time in Michael's life devoted to torturing his newfound friends. Now, there's nothing more important to him than making sure they're happy.

Although Michael was only permitted to go back to Earth once, his constant monitoring of Eleanor's progress forces him to break the rules and continuously intervene.

Throughout their observations, both Michael and Janet come to the conclusion that their friends make each other better people.

They are then posed with the question: how do we get all four of them back together?

Michael and Janet - Season 3 - The Good Place

Of course, by meddling in the judge's trial Michael and Janet are putting their safety at risk. Even if they manage to help Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani, there's no telling what the judge will do to any of them if she finds out what's really been going down on Earth. 

The judge isn't the only person our characters have to watch out for. In fact, Shawn and the rest of the demons are not happy that Michael betrayed them for Eleanor and her friends.

Not only did Michael lie about the Good Place reboots, but he also led the gang to the judge and with the help of Janet, escaped the demon's custody when he was finally caught.

Related: The Good Place Season 2 Episode 12 Review: The Burrito 

As we've seen in the past, Shawn has quite the temper, and you do not want to be on his bad side. (Not that he really has a good side to be on anyway.)

With more than one opposing force and no one Earth who actually realizes what's at stake, it's going to be harder than ever for the gang to achieve their goals. But they've faced the impossible before, so who's to say they can't face it again? 

Overall, The Good Place seems to be going in a fun, new direction. The show at its heart has always been a comedy, and this season is no different. 

You'll be laughing your ass off one minute and find yourself frightened for the characters' lives in the next. As it has shown in the past, The Good Place really can accomplish both. 

Check back at TV Fanatic for more previews and reviews of upcoming episodes.

And remember to tune in for The Good Place Season 3 Premiere on Thursday, September 27th on NBC.

Rachel Foertsch is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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The Good Place Quotes

If soulmates do exist, they're not found. They're made. People meet, they get a good feeling, and then they get to work building a relationship. Like your parents. They didn't magically stay together because you proved they should.


Eleanor: I gotta go home. What do I owe you?
Michael: The real question, Eleanor, is what do we owe to each other?