There’s nothing “regular” about Lucifer’s journey as a tv collection, so it’s no shock that the collection’ closing San Diego Comic-Con panel would simply so occur to be a digital one, as a part of this yr’s Comedian-Con@House. Moderated by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Luke Cook dinner — Netflix’s different Lucifer Morningstar — Saturday’s digital Lucifer panel featured collection star (and govt producer) Tom Ellis and collection showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich as they trying again on the very latest (second half of the) fifth season of the collection after which trying ahead to the upcoming sixth and closing season.
[Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for Lucifer season 5.]
Naturally, this previous season’s musical episode (“Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam”) got here up, as fairly the spectacular enterprise of each the season and the collection as an entire. “Usually once you’re selecting songs [for the show], you’re like, ‘Oh, We love this, however we in all probability received’t get it,’” defined Ellis. “We ended up getting just about every part that we needed to do, which was like a dream. We dreamed a dream and we acquired it.” Ellis was, after all, referencing his showstopping quantity with Lucifer’s father, God (Dennis Haysbert), within the episode, a quantity that even Modrovich couldn’t get sufficient of.
“I’ve watched that closing tune within the musical in all probability, like, 5 instances. And that’s so much, since I’ve watched it already 50 instances. So, I beloved that closing second between Tom and Dennis. I simply suppose it’s excellent.” As for the way the songs had been chosen for this explicit episode, Modrovich defined, “We broke the story first, and there have been a few songs we knew we needed to make use of. We knew we’d have against the law scene and we knew we needed to make use of Queen’s ‘One other One Bites the Mud’, ‘trigger it was simply excellent. And so they graciously allow us to use it. However all of the others actually got here from the story.” She added, “Like, Dan was gonna really feel like he was gonna go to Hell. And so I actually Googled songs, ‘going to Hell’ and located Squirrel Nut Zippers. So, all of them got here organically like that.”
Attributable to an imminent closing season, there was an air of nostalgia to the panel. Whereas the remainder of the solid weren’t round, that didn’t cease Ellis from praising them. “We lucked out as a bunch of individuals, mainly,” stated Ellis. “As a result of once you do these journeys with folks, you actually, actually hope that there’s folks which you could get on with. And it’s been a wierd journey, this present, as a result of it hasn’t been seamless, and it’s not been the standard route of a present that goes six seasons. So we’ve form of been by way of so much collectively. Even after we first began, the present was in L.A. after which we moved to Vancouver, in order that was fairly a galvanizing second for all of us, actually, as a result of we solely had one another. So, to have that for the primary couple of seasons after which carry it again to L.A. … It was the muse of the success of the present, I feel. Simply the truth that we actually needed to work with one another and for one another.”
Nevertheless, when the query of why the present killed Dan (Kevin Alejandro) off got here up, the showrunners made it very clear. “I’m gonna say it, right here and now,” Modrovich stated. “Tom’s thought.” Henderson adopted up the joke, explaining, “Yeah [laughs] Tom hates Kevin Alejandro, it’s true.”
In all seriousness, the Lucifer showrunners confirmed what Alejandro had stated in varied season post-mortems, which was that he pitched for his character to be killed off. After all, that was when the plan was for season 5 to be the ultimate season of the collection. Ellis defined that the idea of him enjoying each Lucifer and Lucifer’s twin, Michael, additionally got here from an analogous logic. “It was a bonkers concept that Joe and Ildy floated to me after we had been gonna do season 5. And I assumed, ‘It’s the ultimate season. Sure, let’s do it.’”
The second half of this season then noticed simply how bonkers it actually was with the episode “Household Dinner”— during which the titular household dinner featured quite a lot of transferring items, with each Lucifer and Michael in attendance — an expertise Ellis known as ”exhilarating, exhausting, and form of simply probably the most insane form of workrate that I’d ever needed to do.”
As season 5 was initially shot as the ultimate season of Lucifer, it additionally had the titular character mature fairly a bit—to the purpose of defeating Michael to finally develop into the brand new God within the season finale. (Based on Ellis, Michael’s now “spending time in timeout” come season six.) However based on Ellis, transferring ahead, “I feel he grew up so much. And he’s nonetheless within the technique of rising up. However I feel it’s that traditional factor of ‘watch out what you would like for’. As a result of he did persuade himself about quite a lot of issues in season 5, however when one thing that you concentrate on truly occurs, it usually feels very totally different. In order that’s the form of conundrum that Lucifer finds himself in season 6.”
Henderson added, “As a result of a lot of his story in season 5 was maturing and rising up — and to Tom’s level — there may be a lot to discover once you truly get to the purpose the place you suppose you’re carried out. You suppose you’ve develop into the individual you’ve been making an attempt to develop into. And that grew to become actually fascinating to discover.”
Plus, as Modrovich famous and Lucifans already know, “With Lucifer, it’s at all times one step ahead, two, three steps again.” Even when he’s the brand new God. Or possibly particularly if he’s the brand new God, as Henderson and Modrovich had been fairly tight-lipped about what this new established order will imply for Lucifer within the closing season. Sure, they had been clear that Lucifer and Lauren German’s Chloe had been not engaged. “It’s not an official engagement,” stated Henderson, relating to Lucifer giving Chloe Lilith’s ring earlier than sacrificing himself within the season finale. “However it an emotional one, some may say.”
However when requested if Lucifer can have all the energy of God in season 6, Henderson stated the notion would drive early components of the ultimate season. “I feel that shall be one of many first questions that our characters shall be asking after we begin season 6.” Much less vagueness got here within the type of solutions concerning the “DevilCop” facet of the collection. In addition to the “AngelCop” half, as they confirmed that Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) will be becoming a member of the LAPD in season 6. When requested if Lucifer will proceed to unravel crimes, Ellis answered, “Oh, I feel it’s in his DNA now. There often is the odd factor to unravel. He’s acquired fairly just a few mysteries to unravel, to be sincere, in season 6.”
Throughout the panel, Netflix dropped a promo for the ultimate season, asserting the official premiere date and even giving a bit of tease with new footage on the very finish. Particularly, new footage tying again to the Lucifer pilot, when Lucifer was pulled over by a cop. Henderson famous that in season 5, they figured that they’d carried out all the Easter eggs they presumably might— however then they had been capable of create much more for season 6. Modrovich teased “one other acquainted face” (moreover the cop who pulled Lucifer over) exhibiting up at one level, “from a favourite episode.” (Probably Lindsey Gort’s Sweet Morningstar, who even pops up within the aforementioned promo?) Henderson, as soon as once more, acquired very obscure, as he stated, “We discovered one character we’d by no means seen. We discovered one character who we’ve talked about however had by no means seen.”
“That is the final yr that we’ve got secrets and techniques,” Henderson defined. “That is the final yr we will shock folks.” Modrovich agreed, including, “I can’t imagine some issues haven’t gotten out. Very thrilling.”
Lucifer returns for its sixth and closing season Friday, Sept. 10 on Netflix.
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