Lucifer‘s renewal for a sixth season came as a surprise, even to show runners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich. They had always envisioned the show as having a five season arc, but when Netflix and Warner Bros TV were keen for more, Henderson and Modrovich found it hard to turn down.
They were initially hesitant, but came round to the idea. Henderson explained their change of heart in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
‘It was very, very similar to when we went from 10 episodes to 16. [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?”
‘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 sixth, and now final, season renewal was officially announced in June, before the release of Lucifer‘s fifth season on Netflix.
Henderson, for one, is now more confident with the new ending:
‘It’s the story we were always going to tell, but just written much larger and to me [now] so much more interestingly that it breaks my heart to think we weren’t [originally] going to do it this way. When they were like, ‘Can you do one more?’ we said, ‘Yes, but this our last story.”
‘In addition to what we’re opening up from that ending, we thought of one giant story that just needed to be told, so that’s what really stuck the landing for us.’
In terms of the surprise renewal’s impact on Season 5 of the show, it seems everyone was keen for it not to change too much. 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.’
The first half of season 5 is set to debut on August 21st. Both Henderson and Modrovich are confident it is ‘our best season yet’. The upcoming season is set to feature a black and white flashback episode, as well as a musical episode.
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Lucifer Season 5 Part 1 will air on Netflix from August 21st. A basic premise for the season reads:
‘Chloe deals with the absence of Lucifer in her life, only for him to return. At the same time, Lucifer finds clues pointing towards his father coming to Earth. In the background, a new enemy is plotting against them both.’
Lucifer stars Tom Ellis as the titular character, alongside Lauren German, DB Woodside, Kevin Alejandro, Lesley Ann Brandt, Scarlett Estevez, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris.
Source: Entertainment Weekly