Since the very beginning, The Good Place has been full of turns. We've never been able to predict where this show is going and we've loved every crazy twist that the show has thrown at us. From the Bad Place to Australia to Janet's void, we've eagerly followed the Soul Squad wherever they went. With the beloved comedy's fourth and final season coming up, we've rounded up 20 of the craziest fan theories about what's going to happen to the gang next. Warning: spoilers for the first three seasons of The Good Place ahead.
We know that it sounds crazy, but what if the Good Place doesn't actually exist? Let's examine what we know. No one has gotten into the Good Place in over 500 years. We've never seen the Good Place, nor have we seen anyone from the Good Place. Why have the people who guard the moral part of the human afterlife been so MIA during Michael's attempts to reform the point value system? How come the Bad Place demons are the only ones who seem to be invested in the Medium Place experiment? It's because the Good Place isn't real! That would be one hell of a twist.
According to this fan theory, which was first proposed by Reddit user u/Daisoqa, Chidi might not actually be human. When the four humans escaped to the Bad Place, Chidi was the only one who was recognized as a demon. What if Chidi actually *is* Trent the demon who disappeared around 800 years ago? We know that there were around 800 reboots of the fake Good Place neighborhood, so who knows how long the humans were tortured? What if Chidi is a demon planted in the group to make them all feel like they could actually become better people?
On the final episode of season three, we learned that the Bad Place demons selected Chidi's ex-girlfriend Simone as one of the humans for the Medium Place experiment. This decision is obviously calculated to torture Chidi, but what if Simone isn't actually Simone? Some fans think that Simone might be the demon Vicky in disguise. We know that Vicky has always wanted to use her Australian accent, so this could totally be possible.
According to Reddit user u/Rpres70324, Michael might not actually be a demon. Instead, according to this theory, Michael is actually a human who's being tortured in his own personal Bad Place. Things have been pretty stressful for poor Michael. First, his new experimental torture was a colossal failure. Then he became aware of both mortality and morality. Now he's been tasked with reforming the points system that decides if people spend eternity being tortured or not. No pressure!
Idk if you've noticed, but everything kind of sucks on The Good Place right now. Sure, the Soul Squad is getting the chance to save all of humankind from an eternity of suffering, but personally, things aren't great for anyone. Chidi has had his memory wiped. Eleanor has lost her soulmate. Tahani is stuck with a blogger that she hates, and Jason has to watch Janet and Derek reconnect. No one is having a good time! Some fans think that this is intentional because the humans are *still* being tortured by Bad Place demons.
While we would love a happy ending, we think that this theory might be closer to how the series will actually end. Some fans think that instead of living happily ever after in the Good Place, the gang will end up in their own version of the Medium Place. All the way back on season one, Eleanor said that she thought she belonged in the Medium Place, so maybe this ending has been foreshadowed all along. An eternity of warm beer and Cannonball Run II sounds like something we could work with.
This one takes Chidi's role as the group's moral compass pretty far. Some fans believe that Chidi is actually an all-knowing being who is in charge of the afterlife, and he's manpulating the humans as an experiment to see if people can actually improve if given the chance. This would explain why Chidi opted to wipe his own memory after Simone showed up in the afterlife. He wanted to make sure that the real humans could help make others good on their own.
Derek and Jason are both vying for Janet's affections, which means that things could get pretty heated between the two. Reddit user u/stephenbawesome has a theory that Derek may be tilting the odds in his favor. Since Derek and Janet both created the new townpeople who will populate the Medium Place experiment, this theory says that Derek might have created a whole town of people that don't like Jason. We have to say, it's a pretty sneaky way to make your romantic rival look bad. We're kind of here for it.
Since Michael is a demon, not a human, he shouldn't technically be allowed into the Good Place. But some fans think that the series will end with all six main characters in the Good Place, not just the four humans. Janet and Michael have both shown that they're capable of growth. They've learned to act morally and deal with human emotions, so why shouldn't they be in the Good Place? After all, it wouldn't really be good if the whole gang wasn't there.
There are a lot of The Good Place theories about who is and who is not telling the truth. Call it fan PTSD from the show's huge plot twist in season one. Some fans believe that Janet isn't actually part of the gang, instead, she is judging the humans and Michael to see if they are actually capable of improvement. Since Janet is basically a sentient computer program, this could be possible. But she's shown so much emotional growth over the seasons that we doubt it.
Simone's inclusion in the Medium Place experiment raised some questions for viewers ... mainly, when did Simone die? She seemed perfectly alive and well when the gang last saw her in Australia. So how did she end up in the afterlife? Some fans think that Shawn manipulated the experiment by killing Simone. They believe that this would be a violation of the rules set up by the judge and she'll either call a redo or eliminate Simone. On the other hand ... time is shaped like Jeremy Bearimy, so who knows.
It's painful to even think about, but this fan theory (which is weirdly based on the tragic life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor) outlines the reasons why Eleanor and Chidi won't end up together. According to Reddit user u/IronChefCrazy, Sandra's husband was an Alzheimer's patient who forgot his wife and fell in love with another woman. Does this mean that we're going to have to watch Chidi fall in love with Simone and forget all about Eleanor? We don't want that to be true. It would be too painful.
The series seems to be building to a pretty serious change in the point system that governs the afterlife. Clearly, the current one isn't working. No one is being let into the Good Place, meaning every single human is being tortured in the Bad Place. Some fans believe that the Good Place and Bad Place will be replaced with a series of progressively better neighborhoods that will allow people to grow and change. If you get better, you move into a better neighborhood. It's a sort of video game ethos and we like it.
Do you remember when the Soul Squad went to IHOP (the interdimensional hole of pancakes) and Chidi accidentally saw the time-knife, which he described as "a trillion different realities folding into each other like thin sheets of metal forming a single blade." Sounds pretty scary, right? Some people think that the fact that Chidi saw the time knife will come into play in later episodes. We mean, he saw a trillion realities, that's got to have given him some insight into stuff. Then again, he lost his memory.
Some fans think that the Soul Squad has never been in the Bad Place at all, instead, they're being tested by the Good Place in some sort of purgatory. According to this theory, when humans die they're not sent to the Good Place or the Bad Place at all. Instead, they're sent to a sort of eternal escape room where they have to prove their worth before they get into the Good Place. By fixing the 'broken point system' the whole gang is actually proving that they're worthy of the Good Place after all.
We love Jason for a lot of reasons. He's sweet, kind, and a straight-up hottie. But we wouldn't exactly call him the smartest human in the Bad Place ... that is until we read this theory about how Jason actually might be the best and smartest member of the whole Soul Squad. Compared to Eleanor, Chidi, and Tahani, who have all gone through some form of higher education, Jason is by far the least educated. He seems like he lacked parental figures who were able to guide him in the most basic of ways, and yet he still managed to be a deeply caring person who is often incredibly perceptive!
Reddit user u/The_Drowning_Flute posted a theory that outlined the idea that the point system isn't actually broken ... the Good Place just stopped accepting people because people are the worst. Most humans thrive on the ideas of conflict and progress. But in the Good Place, there is none of that. Everything is stagnant. The Good Place provides no incentive for people to continue being good, so they just started being bad. The Good Place got so fed up with people they just stopped accepting them entirely.
When the Bad Place demons were given the right to pick the people for the Medium Place experiment, we knew things were going to turn out poorly. They picked Simone in order to torture Chidi. They picked a blogger to torture Tahani. What we don't know yet is who was picked to torture Jason and Eleanor. Some fans think that Eleanor's absent father is the person who will be sent to torture her. We saw Eleanor resolve her issues with her mother on season three, but we haven't seen Eleanor confront the deep rift between her and her dad.
If the Soul Squad does eventually make it to the Good Place, it stands to reason that they'll get to meet their true soulmates once they get there. Over the seasons, Tahani has been the main character who's most unlucky in love. She dated Jason briefly and was engaged to Larry Hemsworth while on Earth, but she's never felt the same connection that Chidi and Eleanor have. Some fans think that's because Tahani's real soulmate is actually herself once she learns to love herself for who she truly is.
We wouldn't exactly call Mindy St. Claire a saint. She was a high-powered lawyer with a cocaine problem and a bad attitude. Then she suddenly had an epiphany; she outlined the plans for a massively influential charitable foundation and planned to donate her personal fortune to the cause. Before she could do so, she was hit by a car.
The Good Place and the Bad Place fought over who would get her and they eventually compromised on creating the Medium Place. When you add the new information that no one has made it into the Good Place for 521 years, you come to the realization that cocaine loving, sex-addicted Mindy St. Claire is the best person to live since the fifteenth century. Now that's a lot.