Over the past several days, we’ve done our best to hold out hope that Netflix may go outside of their typical strategy and hand Lucifer season 5 over an order of something more than 10 episodes. Unfortunately, a sense of reality is now settling in. We’ve long felt that it would probably be only ten episodes, and that has now been confirmed.
In a new post on Twitter, show executive producer Ildy Modrovich confirmed the news and promised to make every single minute of these episodes count to the best of her ability. Ten episodes is identical to the episode order for season 4, and while we’ve personally advocated for a 16-episode split-season order (it’s almost like getting two different seasons that way), Netflix really doesn’t have any particular motivation to order more than what they have here. They don’t need more content for another time, as they’ve already got about two zillion shows both currently on the air and coming up down the road. It’s with that in mind that it’s hard to feel altogether upset that season 5 is the final one — given Netflix’s recent track record of canceling shows (like Santa Clarita Diet on a massive cliffhanger), it’s incredible to even be given a season 5 to wrap things up in the first place.
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In a separate post, Modrovich also noted that she was “conflicted” on the idea of fans pushing for a season 6, a subject that we covered most of the last week. Fellow executive producer Joe Henderson has already made it clear that he and the team are planning season 5 as though it’s the final one and we understand that. In order for fans to have proper closure, they do need to prepare accordingly — and the best way in which to do that is to write towards a known conclusion. We’ve already noted that if there is a magical season 6 renewal coming, it’s always possible to undo a series finale and create more story … that’s probably more preferable than just leaving season 5 on a cliffhanger and then we don’t get any more of Lucifer Morningstar.
As reported yesterday, the writers’ room for Lucifer season 5 will open in early July, which sets up a production window that begins later in the summer. More than likely, we’ll see the show adopt a similar window to season 4, with filming tying itself up before we get around to the holidays. This would open up season 5 to a premiere date in the spring of 2020. The good thing about a shorter episode count is that it offers clarity as to what the schedule for the season will most likely be … but honestly, we’d prefer more episodes to clarity any day of the week.
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