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The Good Place Mega Buzz: Can Eleanor Really Trust Michael?

The mastermind of torture wants to make a deal

Tim Surette

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There's no way in the world that anyone on NBC's The Good Place could ever trust Michael (Ted Danson) after all he's done, right? The architect of afterlife torture has already deceived Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and the rest of Team Cockroach a whopping 802 times (!!!), and yet here they are, teaming up to escape to The Good Place together. But can Eleanor really trust Michael now that they're aligned, or is this another one of his ruses?

According to creator Mike Schur, it seems a little bit of both. "He doesn't want to be [in The Good Place,] it's just the only place he can go where he won't be eliminated from the universe. So at the moment he says that, yeah, he's telling the truth," Schur tells TV Guide.

Hmm... let's break that down. Michael doesn't actually want to go to the Good Place and even Schur admits Michael was only being honest "at the moment." If you ask us, that seems to imply that as soon as Michael finds a better option (or a better ally!), he's going to undergo a major change of a heart. But with this show, you never know.

The Good Place airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Colleen Hayes/NBC