There’s nothing “regular” about Lucifer’s journey as a tv collection, so it’s no shock that the collection’ remaining San Diego Comedian-Con panel would simply so occur to be a digital one, as a part of this 12 months’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 government producer) Tom Ellis and collection showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich as they wanting again on the very latest (second half of the) fifth season of the collection after which wanting ahead to the upcoming sixth and remaining 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 a complete. “Usually whenever 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 the whole lot that we wished to do, which was like a dream. We dreamed a dream and we bought it.” Ellis was, in fact, 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 remaining tune within the musical in all probability, like, 5 instances. And that’s lots, since I’ve watched it already 50 instances. So, I beloved that remaining second between Tom and Dennis. I simply assume it’s good.” As for a way the songs have been chosen for this explicit episode, Modrovich defined, “We broke the story first, and there have been a few songs we knew we wished to make use of. We knew we’d have a criminal offense scene and we knew we wished to make use of Queen’s ‘One other One Bites the Mud’, ‘trigger it was simply good. 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 remaining season, there was an air of nostalgia to the panel. Whereas the remainder of the forged weren’t round, that didn’t cease Ellis from praising them. “We lucked out as a bunch of individuals, principally,” mentioned Ellis. “As a result of whenever 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 via lots 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 wished 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 mentioned. “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 mentioned in numerous 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 taking part in 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 have 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”— by which the titular household dinner featured numerous shifting 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 change into the brand new God within the season finale. (In line with Ellis, Michael’s now “spending time in timeout” come season six.) However in accordance with Ellis, shifting ahead, “I feel he grew up lots. And he’s nonetheless within the means of rising up. However I feel it’s that basic factor of ‘watch out what you would like for’. As a result of he did persuade himself about numerous issues in season 5, however when one thing that you consider truly occurs, it typically feels very completely 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 whenever you truly get to the purpose the place you assume you’re completed. You assume you’ve change into the individual you’ve been attempting to change into. And that turned actually attention-grabbing to discover.”
Plus, as Modrovich famous and Lucifans already know, “With Lucifer, it’s all the time 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 have been fairly tight-lipped about what this new established order will imply for Lucifer within the remaining season. Sure, they have been clear that Lucifer and Lauren German’s Chloe have been not engaged. “It’s not an official engagement,” mentioned Henderson, concerning Lucifer giving Chloe Lilith’s ring earlier than sacrificing himself within the season finale. “But it surely an emotional one, some would possibly say.”
However when requested if Lucifer can have the entire energy of God in season 6, Henderson mentioned the notion would drive early elements of the ultimate season. “I feel that will probably be one of many first questions that our characters will probably be asking after we begin season 6.” Much less vagueness got here within the type of solutions in regards to 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 will be the odd factor to unravel. He’s bought fairly a number of mysteries to unravel, to be sincere, in season 6.”
In the course of the panel, Netflix dropped a promo for the ultimate season, asserting the official premiere date and even giving slightly 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 completed the entire Easter eggs they probably might— however then they have been in a position to create much more for season 6. Modrovich teased “one other acquainted face” (in addition to the cop who pulled Lucifer over) displaying 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, bought very imprecise, as he mentioned, “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 12 months that we’ve secrets and techniques,” Henderson defined. “That is the final 12 months we will shock folks.” Modrovich agreed, including, “I can’t consider some issues haven’t gotten out. Very thrilling.”
Lucifer returns for its sixth and remaining season Friday, Sept. 10 on Netflix.