Lucifer Season 5 is coming soon to Netflix!
Moreover, while said fifth season of Lucifer was touted as the show’s last hurrah, that is no longer the case, with Netflix’s order for Season 6, which is now planned as said last hurrah. Thus, fans will get to enjoy the two-part release of Season 5 without the bittersweet aftertaste. So give yourselves a pat on the back if you joined in with the #SaveLucifer campaign – you have earned it… yet again!
Here’s everything we know about Lucifer Season 5!
Lucifer Season 5 Release Date
Lucifer Season 5 will debut the first half of its 16 episodes with a Netflix premiere on August 21.
Lucifer Season 5 Cast
Rob Benedict, better known as Supernatural’s portrayer of Chuck Shurley, a.k.a. God, is set to appear on Lucifer Season 5, according to TV Line. However, don’t expect any further DC/CW biblical multiverse shenanigans here, since Benedict is set to play a character named Vincent Le Mec, described as “a hardened French Mercenary whose violent work brings him to Los Angeles — and into the crosshairs of Lucifer, Chloe and the LAPD.” The character will appear in Episode 15, which falls in the 5B second half portion, for which a release date has yet to be revealed.
Despite bearing no likely connections, the appearance of Benedict—a prominent Supernatural cast member—is intriguing in a “six degrees” manner. That’s because Lucifer was recently canonically codified into the The CW’s Arrowverse after Tom Ellis’s guest spot as Lucifer—in an appropriately-hellish interaction with Matt Ryan’s John Constantine—on The Flash episode of last December’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover storyline. Yet, a recent meta-minded episode of—Constantine’s home series—Legends of Tomorrow (Season 5, Episode 14), saw members of the titular team at the outdoor set of—you guessed it—The CW’s Supernatural, even stumbling upon the Winchesters’ iconic 1967 Chevy Impala, revealing the show’s existence—albeit as fiction—within the (Lucifer-adherent) Arrowverse.
That being said, we know that Benedict won’t be playing a creator deity on Lucifer, since that role has long been cast…
Dennis Haysbert is God. – That’s not a hyperbolic declaration of fandom, it’s casting news for Lucifer Season 5, which, as EW reported in January, cast the veteran actor for the recurring role of the frequently-referenced, but heretofore unseen deity father of Lucifer and his angelic siblings.
The gig will facilitate a reunion for Haysbert from his days as President David Palmer on Fox’s 24, since cast member D.B. Woodside (Amenadiel) played his brother and Chief of Staff, Wayne, on that series. Of course, in this case, he’ll be playing the father—both in the familial and ontological sense—to Woodside’s angelic character. As Haysbert tells the outlet:
“Every time I see D.B., there’s always this fondness and this connection…We worked on a show that was arguably one of the best shows ever produced in television, so you’re going to have a kind of camaraderie,” he says, before adding with a laugh, “I don’t know how I went from brothers to father. We’re celestial. We can do that.”
Of course, the core cast of Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, D.B. Woodside, Aimee Garcia, Kevin Alejandro, and Lesley-Ann Brandt will all return for Lucifer‘s swan song on Netflix.
Lucifer Season 5 Episodes
Lucifer Season 5 will total 16 episodes, reflecting a post-order expansion. However, Netflix is lightening the binge load with a bifurcated release strategy. In a set visit piece for The Kelly Clarkson Show (seen immediately below), star Tom Ellis revealed that Season 5 will be released in split form, explaining, “Season 5 of Lucifer is going to be split into two halves. Netflix is going to drop eight episodes, there’s going to be a little break, and then they’re going to drop another eight more episodes.” On that note, here’s what’s known about Season 5’s storylines.
Lucifer is going the “Once More, with Feeling” route with Season 5, Episode 10, which will be called “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam,” which, as the title implies, will be a musical episode, as revealed to EW.
While no plot details were divulged, showrunner Ildy Modrovich confirms that it will contain multiple musical numbers, explaining “We wanted to have a real grounded story reason why they’re signing and dancing, and not just, ‘Oh, this is going to be the one where everybody sings and dance,’” adding, “It’s been a little game of Tetris [planning the episode] but it’s super fun. It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be just such a bucket list thing for me.”
Interestingly, the musical will be preceded by a 1940s-themed offering for Episode 4, which is also confirmed to contain two song performances.
As they did during the build-up to Season 4, the creative coalition of Lucifer provided an early glimpse at the upcoming season’s premiere episode with a look at the script cover, which, besides the credits, uncovers the potentially plot-revelatory title, “Really Sad Devil Guy,” written by Jason Ning and directed by Eagle Egilsson.
It’s not hard to guess why said “Devil Guy” is really sad. After all, the Season 4 finale’s cliffhanger moment saw Lucifer reluctantly leave his comfy crime-solving L.A. existence for a return to his rather spartan accommodations as king of Hell; a sacrificial move made to circumvent a disastrous prophecy that was said to occur when Lucifer finds his first love, who he eventually realized was not Eve, but Chloe all along.
Interestingly, the title reveal also settles a guessing game started by showrunner Ildy Modrovich, who cheekily provided the hint of four words starting with R, S, D and G. She would provide a postmortem tweet on said guessing game, stating:
“Mystery solved!!! Although… my fav of the guesses might be: Rediscovering She Devil Goats.”
In July 2019, it was officially announced that Lucifer Season 5 landed extra episodes: six more, to be exact, expanding Season 5’s total to 16 episodes.
The upgrade is worth celebrating, since Netflix’s initial rescue of the series came with a bit of episodic austerity, with a drastically-reduced 10-episode order for Season 4. While fans were grateful for the rescue, it was a tough pill to swallow after the show just came off a Season 3 run on Fox with 26 episodes—the result of Fox schedule shifts that led to un-aired Season 2 episodes getting jammed into the 2017/2018 Season 3 run as “bonus episodes.”
Thusly, Lucifer’s 16-episode Season 5 run will nearly match its Season 2 run (18 episodes) and even exceed Season 1 (13 episodes). However, it remains to be seen how many episodes that Season 6, newly-designated final season of the show, will ultimately carry.
Lucifer Season 5 Plot Details
Netflix hinted big things for Lucifer‘s fifth season, having expressed in the renewal statement:
“We’re thrilled that Lucifer fans around the world have embraced this series on Netflix, and we can’t wait to give them the big finish they’ve all been waiting for.”
Executive producers Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson added “We are so incredibly thankful to Netflix for resurrecting our show last season, and now letting us finish the story of Lucifer on our terms. Most importantly, we want to thank the fans for their incredible passion and support. The best is yet to come!!”
Lucifer Season 4 (big spoilers coming) ended with Lucifer and Chloe finally admitting their feelings for each other, but the heartbroken Devil decided to leave her and return to Hell to prevent an apocalypse on Earth, foretold in a prophecy that seemed legit.
Showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich admitted to TVLine that they’ve both known how Lucifer Season 5 will begin “literally since we started Season 4,” and teased “we also have one other, really fun toy to play with, that we know is going to be a big guiding factor in Lucifer Season 5, so we’re excited about that, too.”
…That leads us to a pertinent story about another Netflix TV project announced in 2019, a TV series adaptation of The Sandman, the iconic DC/Vertigo comic of Neil Gaiman (and arguably his most famous work). Besides a focus on the eponymous embodiment of all dreams, the comic also originated the suave, hedonistic club-owning version of Lucifer, on which the Lucifer TV series is based.
While no details were confirmed, the Netflix connection certainly raises the possibility that Tom Ellis’s Lucifer might just have some cameo appearances to make on The Sandman. Moreover, Netflix’s extension of Lucifer for Season 6 might just be motivated by the possibility of a backdoor pilot that introduces the character of Dream, a.k.a. Morpheus. Of course, that is still just the stuff of speculation… for now