Interview with The 'Lucifer' Showrunners on What to Expect from Season 5

Interview with The ‘Lucifer’ Showrunners on What to Expect from Season 5

Here's our Q&A with Lucifer showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich!

A few days remain before the Devil returns for a fifth season on Lucifer!

The hit TV show starring Tom Ellis as the Devil himself will return this August 21 on Netflix for the first half of its penultimate season. And as we all await a Lucifer-and-Chloe reunion, things will be pretty shaken up by the arrival of an impostor twin– Lucifer’s angel brother Michael.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer for Lucifer Season 5 below:

As you may remember, the fourth season of Lucifer closed with a heartbreaking cliffhanger. Just as Chloe had confessed her love for Lucifer, he leaves Earth and returns to Hell. After that, we just can’t help but ask how the show would move forward from there. Fortunately, even before the premiere, we got some of the answers.

In an email interview, we got to ask Lucifer showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich what we could expect from this upcoming season about Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship, the arrival of Michael, and more! Check out their answers below:


Season 4 ended with a huge cliffhanger– Lucifer heading back to Hell and being separated from Chloe. Can you briefly describe how Season 5 is going to play out and how Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship will move forward?

Joe Henderson: The fun of any cliffhanger like that is you know Lucifer’s going to come back at some point. So the question is – how to do it in a way that surprises the viewers? How do we give the audience both what they want, but also mess with their expectations?

If you’ve seen the trailers, you know the answer – we’re introducing Michael, Lucifer’s twin brother, who decides to take Lucifer’s place in Earth for a bit. The fun will be watching Michael settle into Lucifer’s life, and what happens when our devil finds out someone’s been playing with his toys…

Ildy Modrovich: Well, we know Lucifer can’t stay in Hell forever. Where would the fun be in that, right? But the question is… when will he return? And I think everyone can tell from the teaser Netflix dropped, that his estranged twin brother Michael appears to get there first! So, the second question would be, how much damage is Michael able to do before Lucifer finally arrives? Those are the questions we’re going to answer in the first half of Season 5. 

As for Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship? The fun with them, is that I think they always move forward – a little more every season. But seeing how they get in their own way is why we all relate to them. And they’ll definitely do their share of that this season.

Photo by John P. Fleenor/Netflix

How did you build Michael’s character? What are the differences between him and Lucifer that you really wanted to be seen by the viewers?

Joe Henderson: We wanted Michael to be a dark, cracked mirror of Lucifer, while still being a character in his own right. Michael’s the hero of his own story; he thinks he deserves certain things he hasn’t gotten, and he blames Lucifer. And, I mean, can you imagine having to live in Lucifer Morningstar’s shadow? The Lightbringer is not an easy one to share a face with.

Ildy Modrovich: Without giving away too many spoilers, we knew we wanted Michael to be the opposite of Lucifer in as many ways as possible. Which is not the easiest thing to do considering they look and sound the same. So, before we even began production, Joe and I had many conversations with Tom about who Michael should be. Obviously, we wanted Tom to feel comfortable with the traits he would have… but we also wanted him to be part of the discussion as to why Michael is the way he is. What made him this way? What has his life been like and what has he been through? So that we can really understand him and make him a fully realized three dimensional character.

Photo by John P. Fleenor/Netflix

Among this season’s episodes, which one is your favorite and why? Will there be a full-blown musical episode, at all, in the future? Fans have been clamoring for it and we’ve seen Tom Ellis belt it out.

Joe Henderson: Don’t make us choose our babies!! I think 507 is our strongest one of the first half. It’s not our showiest episode, but it’s a wonderfully crafted hour of television that balances humor, heart, and terror in the best of ways. But God, 508 is SO good… and 501… and 502… and, sorry, I love them all!!

Ildy Modrovich: Well, I’m biased… because yeah, there is a musical episode and I was lucky enough to write it, so that’s my fave. It was a huge bucket list moment for me – I was truly pinching myself on a daily basis. I think we got to film one musical number every day that we filmed the episode, so it was like Christmas the whole shoot. And not just because it was obviously fun to see everyone singing and dancing… but also because of the emotion that came from it. I think singing about something painful or difficult can surpass words alone.

Photo courtesy of Netflix

We all thought that Season 5 will be the final season, and it was a delightful surprise that Season 6 was announced. How did this affect your plans for the finale? Can you give us some hints on what your plans are for the final season? And what are the chances of us fans getting a seventh season?

Joe Henderson: When we decided to do season 6, we made sure we’d only do it if we could keep our story for season 5 intact. We love the story for this season, and didn’t want to undermine it at all. But what we did realize was that we were rushing through some things at the very end that a season 6 would let us explore in greater detail. And as we’ve dug into those, it’s hard to imagine not telling these stories.

As for season 7, don’t expect any surprise renewals this time. Season 6 is the end, and we’re going to make darn sure we stick the landing.

Ildy Modrovich: It was indeed! Apparently, you can’t kill the devil. We were actually in the middle of writing the final episode of season 5 – what was supposed to be the series finale — when we got a call asking what we thought about possibly adding another season. And to be honest, our first reaction was: NOOOOO! Because we really tried to burn through every story we could and thought we had. But after discussing it for a few days… we realized there was one more story we wanted to tell. And now that we’re halfway through breaking Season 6, we can’t imagine not telling this story. As for hints… I can’t really say too much without giving it away, but I can say that we feel it is the final step in Lucifer’s journey as a character.

Photo courtesy of Netflix

The show also stars Lauren German, Lesley Ann-Brandt, Aimee Garcia, and D.B. Woodside alongside Ellis. The first half of Lucifer season 5 will premiere on August 21. Visit the show’s Netflix page for more information.

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