Fans rejoiced when the original Fox season was saved by cancellation hell by Netflix for two more seasons. Now a sixth and final season of Lucifer is also on the way, the series’ head writers have revealed some insider knowledge for how the longer seasons will affect the show’s story.
After just three seasons of Fox, Lucifer’s original network cancelled the series back in 2018. Thankfully, following a surge in popularity and fan outcry, streaming giant Netflix revived the series for an additional two seasons. Despite pulling in some of the best reviews yet, some viewers were disappointed the fourth season was limited to just ten episodes. Although the shorter episode run allowed the writers to streamline the latest season arc, season four still contained a lot less Lucifer content than fans are used to.
Following its resurgence in popularity for Netflix, Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) is now set to appear in a whopping 16 episodes in 2020 and 2021. The first eight episodes will be released on August 21st, with the second half of season five following as soon as production can continue amid coronavirus delays.
Showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson were finally able to provide some details about the new season during an exclusive first look for Entertainment Weekly. As well as teasing season five’s upcoming musical noir episode, the head honchos also touched on how Lucifer will benefit for another longer season. Henderson first detailed how the additional series order could have been a daunting prospect for the cast and crew.
He said: “When we went from 10 to 16, [at] first we were like, ‘How do we do this?’”
Back in June 2019, Netflix upped the episode count by six episodes for what was initially intended to be the fifth and final season of Lucifer. However, the writers quickly went to work and found the best possible solution for having six extra episodes on their plate. Henderson continued: “But literally within three days we were like, ‘How could we ever had told the story without these stories?’”
Lucifer’s head writer Ildy Modrovich also weighed in and revealed the special black-and-white episode probably wouldn’t have happened had season five stuck to ten episodes. As well as giving the cast and crew a chance to experiment with new characters and aesthetics, the special is also set to expand on Lucifer and Mazikeen’s (Lesley-Ann Brandt) mysterious past.
Modrovich said: “There was a moment in our arc where Lucifer needed to give us a little backstory on a character and tell us what happened to [him] a long time ago.”
“We thought, ‘Perfect moment for a Princess Bride moment. So, let’s open it up and have Lucifer tell this story to someone.’”
Episode four, It Never Ends Well For the Chicken, is set to be a noir tale told from Lucifer’s perspective and features his friends and family steppin in as different characters. All eight episodes of the fifth season’s first half will be released on August 21st, so ‘Lucifans’ will finally get the chance to discover the show’s new secrets later this summer.