WARNING: The following contains spoilers for "The Book," the second episode of Good Omens, available now on Amazon Prime Video.
The conflicting plans to either facilitate or avert the apocalypse intensify in the second episode of Amazon's Good Omens by introducing several supporting characters that will each have a pivotal role to play in defining the end of days. The original novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett carried the subtitle "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch." The witch in question, and her collected predictions, play a central role in the sophomore episode.
Stretching back to the 17th century, Agnes Nutter was a witch and the only truly accurate prophet during the era of witch hunts, wisely encouraging her descendants to invest in Apple centuries before the technology company (or electronic devices) came into existence. Convicted and burned at the stake for witchcraft, Agnes had secretly prepared a makeshift bomb with gunpowder and nails, killing all who executed her, including her witch-finder, as she was engulfed by the flames.
Gaiman's signature, cheeky wit rears its head when it's revealed that Agnes' book, while completely accurate, sells poorly because of how cryptic and far-reaching the prophecies throughout the text are. As such, the only copy to survive to present day is Agnes' own free copy, her incentive for publishing the compilation of prophecies in the first place. The last of Agnes' line is a young witch named Anathema Device, living a life of affluence due to her parents' taking Agnes' centuries-old advice and investing heavily in Apple in 1980, leading to the shares being worth millions.
The other side of the supernatural equation is Newton Pulsifier, the last descendant of the witch-finder general who tried and burned Agnes before his own untimely demise. Newton is a hapless tech support specialist who seems to specialize in accidentally destroying every computer he is tasked with repairing. Meek without friends or a reason to get out of the house outside of work, Newt is intrigued by a disheveled man on the streets of London claiming that witches exist and looking for recruits to help him track them down and exorcise them. Introducing himself as Witch-Finder Sergeant Shadwell, Newt agrees to help him hunt witches, if only to give himself something to do.
With both Anathema and Newt drawn to the small English town where the unwitting Antichrist, Adam Young, is residing, the centuries-old conflict between witches and witch-finders has officially reached a new generation. Using her ancestor's book of prophecies, Anathema has arrived in England to locate the Antichrist and avert the apocalypse while Newt and Shadwell rightfully believe there to be evidence of witchcraft in England, putting the figures on a collision course.
While the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale may be the biggest players in the coming armageddon, the true fate of the Antichrist and the end times may be ultimately determined by mortals. Prophesied centuries ago by the witch Agnes Nutter, the last of her line is on track to confront the distant descendant of the man who had Agnes burned at the stake. Whether these two disparate figures can overcome centuries of animosity to save humanity or engage in one last spellbinding duel will inform the characters as the world moves ever closer to Judgment Day.
Starring Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Sam Taylor Buck, Jack Whitehall and Jon Hamm, Good Omens premieres with all six episodes May 31 on Amazon Prime.