Lucifer producer Joe Henderson revealed he wasn’t able to introduce his favorite character from the Lucifer comic books, Gaudium, into the show.
“OK, I tried. I really tried,” Henderson said to Word Balloon in a new interview. “My favorite character, I just couldn’t figure out how to make it work.”
Henderson went on to explain that Gaudium will live on as a major Easter egg in Season 3, Episode 3 — which was titled “Mr. And Mrs. Mazikeen Smith.” In that episode, Gaudium is mentioned by Marcus Pierce while he’s discussing the files he’s collected on celestial beings. It was also implied in that episode that Mazikeen was the child of Lilith, a theory that was confirmed in “Orgy Pants to Work” (Season 4, Episode 6).
“I lost. I tried. But honestly, the thing is, it’s such a great character,” Henderson continued. “I want to do them justice. And I just couldn’t find the right way to do it.”
Fans of the Lucifer comic book series will recall that Gaudium was depicted as a fallen cherub who was assigned by the Archangel Michael to protect Elaine Belloc from the Jin En Mok, Cestis. Despite his efforts, Elaine eventually died, but her soul survived, which was enough to prevent Lucifer from being killed by Basanos.
Gaudium also played an important role in the rise in power of Christopher Rudd, which in turn helped win the war against Fenris, and led to Elaine eventually stepping into the role of God.
While Gaudium won’t appear in Lucifer, Henderson and co-showrunner Ildy Modrovich confirmed back in February that fan-favorite Trixie Espinoza (Scarlett Estevez) will return for the remaining episodes of Season 5, as well as Season 6. The pair said at the time that “…fans will still definitely get their Trixie fix. We adore Scarlett and shuffled things around a bit to make sure we could keep the tale of the future President of Mars going!”
Henderson also recently compared the fifth and sixth seasons of Lucifer, noting that they are very different. “I love them both in different ways. Season 5B is big and epic. Season 6 is sweet and personal,” he revealed. “I don’t even know how to compare them.” He added, “They’re so wildly different, and yet, so very much of a whole. They’re very much part of a story going on.”
Lucifer stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, Lauren German as Det. Chloe Decker, D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, Kevin Alejandro as Det. Dan Espinoza, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen Smith and Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez. The first half of Season 5 is now streaming on Netflix, while Season 5b starts streaming on May 28.