[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 2 finale of Good Omens, “Every Day.”]
Songs get stuck in our heads for different reasons. Sometimes it’s an infectious rhythm that lodges its way into the subconscious on a loop. Sometimes it’s a particularly well-crafted lyric that keeps springing to mind. Or sometimes, as has been the case for me ever since I finished watching Good Omens Season 2, a song gets stuck in your head as a representation of vast and complicated emotions — especially unresolved ones.
The specific song that Good Omens has jammed into my brainpan is “Everyday” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, released in 1957 as a “Peggy Sue” B-side. That’s information learned directly from the show’s second season, which makes the delicate little ditty a cornerstone of a secret romance, an aural reminder that love isn’t necessarily impossible, even between an angel and a demon.
Good Omens getting a second season was a bit unexpected, as the first season brought the Earth to the edge of Armageddon and back again, as originally depicted in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s beloved 1990 novel. Pratchett passed away in 2015, and when the possibility of a series adaptation emerged, Gaiman took on the role of showrunner to fulfill Pratchett’s dying wishes.
In the first season, the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demon Crowley (David Tennant), having been low-key collaborators for centuries while still officially working for their respective metaphysical teams, managed to prevent the aforementioned apocalypse. They also escaped their death sentences for doing so, and with Heaven and Hell agreeing to leave them alone for the foreseeable future, they’re able to continue enjoying their lives on Earth — until the angel Gabriel (Jon Hamm), memoryless and naked, arrives on Aziraphale’s doorstep.
That’s the kickoff for the bulk of the present-day storyline, which is haunted by the song “Everyday” — it isn’t just featured in the trailers for the season, but is heard constantly throughout the six episodes; there’s even a tavern jukebox where every record magically becomes the Buddy Holly B-side after a certain point.