Lucifer creators discuss the final season
Last month, Netflix surprised fans of Lucifer by announcing a sixth and final season to the popular show. While chatting with Entertainment Weekly, show runners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich explained that, while the move was indeed surprising, it ended up working out for the better.
“It was very, very similar to when we went from 10 episodes to 16,” Henderson said. “[We were] like, ‘No, this is perfect. If we do this, it’ll ruin everything! Then three days later, you’re like, ‘Wait, how could we not have done this?'” Modrovich added, “What we realized is that the last bit of that [series] finale episode was actually a lot of great stories sped up just to give us a satisfying ending for all our characters. We literally lobbed off Act 6 and went, ‘Let’s take what happens in Act 6 in a scene and dive into it, and really explore how are characters end up where they ended up.’ So, that ended up being our nugget for season 6.”
The duo likewise explained that this was the story they always wanted to tell, but they just got the opportunity to do so on a “much larger” canvas.
“When they were like, ‘Can you do one more?’ we said, ‘Yes, but this our last story,'” Henderson said.
“In addition to what we’re opening up from that ending,” Modrovich added, “we thought of one giant story that just needed to be told, so that’s what really stuck the landing for us.”
As for whether or not the announcement of Season 6 will impact the finale to Season 5 in any way, seeing as that was initially going to serve as the finale of the show, Modrovich said, “”That was another request we had [for the studio and streamer]. We said, ‘Please don’t make us what change what we have. Please don’t make us water it down,’ because we were so pleased with it and it’s so impactful. Again, everybody was just very on-board with it.'”
Based very loosely on the Vertigo comic, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) abandoned his throne. He then retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. The show was abruptly canceled by Fox after its third season but was saved by Netflix last June.
Season 5 will be divided into two parts with Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (24, Major League) signing on for role of God. This upcoming season will also mark the reunion of 24 alums Haysbert and D.B. Woodside, who is playing the role of God’s favorite son and Lucifer’s angelic brother Amenadiel.
Warner Bros. Television produces Lucifer in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity. The series is vaguely based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment. Additionally, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson are the executive producers. Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer, while Kapinos serves as an executive consultant on the series.
The first four seasons of Lucifer are now available on Netflix. The first half of the fifth season of Lucifer will debut on Netflix on August 21, 2020.