Lucifer season 5: How long should the hell twist last?

LuciferAs we enter Lucifer season 5 on Netflix, there aren’t exactly too many things that are known. The one that is most clear is that it’s the final season of the show. Why does the only official news have to be sad news? Certainly a good question.

Anyway, what we wanted to spend some time on in this piece is the idea of resolving the big cliffhanger. After All, season 4 ended with one of the biggest ones that we’ve seen the date on the show, and that’s saying quite a bit given the way that season 3 ended. We’re in an unusual spot at the moment given that Lucifer Morningstar is now back in Hell, separated from much of the world that he’s come to love. The same goes for being separated from Chloe Decker, who has expressed her love for him in a beautiful, pointed way she never has before. She knows the true Lucifer, and she doesn’t care about his identity or the implications of it. she loves who she loves and those feelings are undeniable.

Now, you just have to wonder that from a writing point of view, keeping them apart for the final season is a pretty tall order. That is even more the case when you consider that Lucifer season 5 is set to be only 10 episodes. You don’t have a lot of time to work with, so because of that, you have to make the most of just about every second. It’s with that that we posed the following question: What’s the best number of episodes to keep this twist going?

There is a case to be made for having it run three or four episodes, just because it opens up the door to explore all sorts of weird, imaginative stories within the world of Hell. There’s a lot of potential people and places to meet there that we haven’t exactly seen so far, and you want to give Tom Ellis some fantastic opportunities to use all of his devilish charms. However, it doesn’t seem altogether feasible to bring a lot of Lucifer’s human characters down into the underworld. Because of that, we kind of want it to be over a little bit sooner than later.

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Our sweet spot is around two episodes for the twist. We think you want to give it the proper time to make the central twist matter, but if you want Lucifer to end in a completely satisfying way, don’t you have to reset the show somewhat to its original premise? The characters of Lucifer and Chloe may certainly be different, at least in terms of their romantic status. There’s so much value in being able to explore the two of them together, and allowing them to actually express their feelings consistently. This is the change, whereas the crime-solving and the mysteries are the stable, nostalgic element. Bringing Lucifer back to Los Angeles reestablished the central conceit. We want some fun, romantic moments, but of course also some fun cases, battles, and significant threats on earth — with all of the characters together.

Lucifer season 5 is a time to give us everything, whether it be violence, surprises, twists, or just moments to keep people talking. If this is going to be the end, don’t you want it to end in the highest possible way?

What do you want to see in terms of Lucifer season 5 and twist resolution? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: Netflix.)

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