Luke Cage Showrunner Talks That Emotional Season Two Finale

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Luke Cage season two.

Luke Cage ends season two on an ambiguous note.

Luke (Mike Colter) has inherited Harlem’s Paradise from the recently deceased Mariah Stokes-Dillard (Alfre Woodard). It looks like he’s about to go full on Godfather with some shots directly homaging the film.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker talks writing season two and that ending.

Luke Cage is the only Marvel-Netflix show to surpass its second season. While it was a good season, it could be a little disjointed at times. Coker, formerly a critic, listened to the critiques when tackling season two.

“And one of the most critical voices, in a great way, was from Angelica Jade Bastién at Vulture. She wrote these episodic recaps, and some of them were scathing, but they were so beautifully written. One of things she wrote about was, ‘I wish they had spent more time trying to imagine who Cage is as a man, instead of just as a superhero.'”

That’s what led to exploration in season two when the writers room started breaking it down.

“Let’s really think about how we can make sure that we’re always telling the most compelling Luke Cage story that we can. As fascinating as the Stokes family history is, and eventually the McIver family history will be, we always want to make sure that the show is about Luke Cage, and that Luke is evolving in some way.”

So where does that leave Luke going into season three?

“I wanted at the very end of the season for people to really know this guy. I want them to think, ‘Let me go all the way back to episode one and watch all 26 again.’ We wanted a kind of twist that would make people do that.”

It certainly does.

Luke Cage season two is on Netflix.

Bec Heim