How ‘The Good Place’ Cast Reacted to That Heart-wrenching Series Finale

The Good Place aired its series finale this week, and the end of the NBC fan-favorite is making us all sob into our pillows. Creator Michael Schur has said of the season 4 finale episode, “I think we got it right.” But how did the cast of The Good Place react to the end of the universe?

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The series finale of The Good Place, “Whenever You’re Ready,” featuring William Jackson Harper as Chidi and Kristen Bell as Eleanor | Colleen Hayes/NBC

The cast of ‘The Good Place’ honor their co-stars and characters after the series finale

After The Good Place series finale aired, the cast joined late-night host Seth Meyers for a live after-show. Meyers asked The Good Place actors what was the most emotional part about ending the show for good.

“The Redwoods, that was pretty emotional,” Ted Danson said. “The final goodbyes, that was pretty emotional.”

Jameela Jamil also told William Jackson Harper, “your speech killed me,” in reference to his series finale monologue about the Buddhist take on death. “I’ll never ever recover from that”

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The cast of The Good Place: D’Arcy Carden, Kristen Bell, Manny Jacinto, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, and Ted Danson | Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

Kristen Bell also revealed on the recap show that Eleanor and Chidi’s touching scene on the bridge in Paris was the last shot The Good Place filmed.

“When we shot on the bridge—it’s called the Artist’s Bridge in Paris, that was … pretty emotional,” Bell explained. “Mike our creator kept it rolling, and … we were just both sobbing.”

Manny Jacinto shared: “the table read for me was probably the most emotional. Hearing those words out loud for the first time, and hearing it all together.”

“It was snotty,” Bell agreed. “It was very, very wet at that table read.”

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The cast of The Good Place celebrates the series finale with Seth Meyers | Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Danson summed the series finale up with some lovely words.

“It was perfect for all of us,” he said. “It was a perfect ending to our story and Mike’s story … It was sad but uplifting and kind and gentle and sweet.” That it was, Ted.

Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, and other cast members share emotional tributes after ‘The Good Place’ ends

The cast also responded to The Good Place ending on social media.

Danson shouted out the scene in which he learns guitar from his real-life wife, acclaimed actress. Mary Steenburgen.

“My teacher on and off the screen!” he wrote. “Hi honey!”

Kristen Bell wrote on Twitter: “What a forking beautiful journey the past 4 years have been. Thank you so much for tuning in each week and giving us a life. #TheGoodPlace was the very best place. Shellstrop out.”

On Instagram, she posted a gorgeous picture of her and Danson in the Redwood forest.

“It’s not goodbye, just see you later in the dot of the ‘i,'” Bell wrote.

D’Arcy Carden had been posting The Good Place memories on Instagram for the last several days, leading up to the series finale. She gave shout outs to her fellow co-stars, producers, costume designers, you name it.

Her final Instagram post read, “could never explain what these people mean to me. i love them. forever.”

‘Now we return to the ocean’: saying goodbye to the wacky, lovely NBC show about the afterlife

“Forever grateful that our Jeremy Bearimy’s crossed paths,” Manny Jacinto captioned a photo on Instagram.

Willian Jackson Harper tweeted:

I don’t mess with Social media much. I’m too sensitive. (And crabby) But thanks to all the folks who rode this wave these past four years with us. Thanks to the best cast and crew ever. Now…we return to the ocean. Bye y’all.

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William Jackson Harper | Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

The wave of The Good Place has officially folded back into the sea. But we are simply grateful we got to see it crash, brilliantly onto the shore, the sun glinting off its crest.