Lucifer was originally supposed to end with its 16 episode fifth season on Netflix.
That has since changed with the announcement that Lucifer was renewed for a season 6. So how will that affect the ending of season 5? As fans know, Lucifer was days away from completing its fifth season. More to the point, however, Lucifer‘s potential season 6 has been in the works for quite awhile.
According to co-showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich, they were in the midst of writing the series finale for Lucifer when they got the call. While their initial instinct was to say “no” to the talks of a potential season 6, the pair took a couple of days to think it over, according to EW.
Henderson said, “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?'”
Modrovich added that it was writing that season finale that allowed them to see where to springboard next.
“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.”
Henderson said that they’re happier with more time to end the story, but there will be no surprise season 7.
“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.'”
As for it affecting season 5 in a big way? Modrovich said that no, the renewal didn’t really do that.
“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.”
Lucifer will release its first eight episodes of its fifth season on Aug. 21.