‘The Good Place’ Creator on The Series Finale: ‘I Think We Got It Right’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Fans of the NBC present The Good Place have yet another week to see how the whole universe ends. (For Eleanor, Chidi, and the remainder of the gang, anyway). The in style comedy sequence was created by Michael Schur, additionally the showrunner on Parks and Recreation. (Before that, he labored on The Office and Saturday Night Live). Recently, Schur revealed in an interview how he felt about discovering an ending for a present like The Good Place, which explores life’s largest questions and philosophical mysteries.

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Jameela Jamil as Tahani, Manny Jacinto as Jason, D’Arcy Carden as Janet, Kristen Bell as Eleanor, William Jackson Harper as Chidi on The Good Place| Colleen Hayes/NBC

Michael Schur on what he discovered about from the sequence finale of ‘Parks and Recreation’

Schur joined Matt Wilstein on the Daily Beast podcast The Last Laugh to debate the sequence finale of The Good Place, amongst his different work. Wilstein commented on the truth that Schur has been part of two reveals (The Office and Parks and Rec) that had a big fanbase. After a number of seasons, this meant there was a number of stress on these sequence finales. Did these experiences inform how The Good Place ended?

Schur defined that whereas he discovered so much about easy methods to finish a present from his time on Parks and Recreation, it’s not a one-size-fits-all state of affairs.

“Every show is different,” he mentioned. “Every show has its own sort of like, set of themes, and ideas.” His important takeaway from the Parks and Recreation finale?

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The Good Place forged: William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, D’Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Jacinto | Chris Haston/NBC/NBC Photo Bank

“I think the most important I took from that I was: ‘man, this is hard and we really gotta think about it.’” He mentioned the Good Place writers put within the effort.

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“Endings are hard, emotionally” Schur acknowledged. But relating to The Good Place sequence ending, he mentioned, “I feel good.”

“We put a number of time into interested by The Good Place finale,” Schur advised Wilstein. “It took a lot of hard work.” Especially, as he defined, as a result of the issues at hand are actually life and dying.

“The themes of this show are very intense,” Schur mentioned. “It’s not like, ‘I wonder whether Leslie Knope becomes the governor.’” In comparability to Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is “after a bigger fish.” But Schur thinks the writers’ room pulled it off.

“I think we got it right,” he mentioned on the podcast. “I hope we did. We’ll find out!”

‘The Good Place’ creator on whether or not he has a brand new perspective on the afterlife

The Last Laugh host additionally requested Schur if engaged on The Good Place modified his perception concerning the afterlife.

“I don’t know that I had a theory before the show,” Schur replied. “I’m not a particularly religious person.” His opinion is mainly: “Who could possibly claim to know?”

He mentioned whereas that hasn’t modified, different issues have:

The present has given me … a greater and extra clear type of worldview about what issues. What are the issues that we try this we should always do? What are the issues that we shouldn’t do?

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The Good Place showrunner clarified his thought.

“Not like, I used to think it was cool to rob banks, or something and now I don’t.” More like: “what are the underpinnings of why actions matter or don’t matter?” And whereas for Chidi, this data is commonly paralyzing, Schur has discovered it liberating.

“That is a joy,” he mentioned. “That is a really enormous gift that this experience has given to me.” He went on:

I really feel like I’m not flailing round making an attempt to place phrases or an evidence to what I imagine about what people ought to do with their time. I now can say, ‘Well, here’s why! Here’s why it issues. Here are the philosophical underpinnings of human conduct and actions and morality and ethics.’

Schur credit all of the “annoying reading” (philosophy analysis) he and the writers did for the present.

Ultimately, Schur is grateful for the entire expertise on The Good Place.

“We were, in a very rare way, able to execute the show from beginning to end exactly the way we wanted to,” he mentioned. “So any complaints are entirely my fault.”

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