Lucifer is coming back to Netflix for season five in summer 2020 but sadly, we still don’t have an official release date. It doesn’t look like the series will appear in June 2020 either. Here’s an up-to-date guide to what we know about season five of Lucifer on Netflix, what we can expect from the story, the episode titles, the production schedule and what the chances are for season 6 of Lucifer.
Note: This post was last updated on May 24th, 2020.
As you may have heard, Lucifer is Netflix’s latest revival show. It managed to pick up the show from FOX who canceled the series after three seasons last year. The revival came after a massive fan campaign to save the show.
The early seasons of Lucifer were added to Netflix at the beginning of 2019 and although all of the previous seasons aren’t available on Netflix everywhere, season four premiered exclusively on Netflix around the world on May 8th, 2019.
In April 2020, production on season five stalled but we believe the first half is now ready to release as we’ll get into shortly.
The reaction to the fourth season since the arrival has been immense. It smashed TVTime’s binge report rocketing to number one outperforming HBO’s Game of Thrones and breaking their all-time record.
There’s a lot to cover for Lucifer season five so let’s begin.
When is the release date of season 5 of Lucifer?
We’ve moved this up to the top of the article to help you better find out when the release date is.
Currently, no release date has been announced for Lucifer season five part one (more on why part one in a bit).
The new June 2020 list implies it’s not due out in June (unless it’s a surprise addition) which leaves current release predictions as either July or August 2020.
Ildy Modrovich gave an update on May 21st that said a release date was imminent.
— Ildy Modrovich (@Ildymojo) May 21, 2020
Has Lucifer been renewed for season five?
Official renewal status: Renewed (last updated: 05/11/2019)
On May 7th, 2019, the series was given its season five order. However, it’s a bittersweet announcement as the show has been given a final season order.
— Lucifer (@LuciferNetflix) June 6, 2019
In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, Netflix said: “We are 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.”
Here are some more reactions from the cast of Lucifer on its season five renewal:
Ildy Modrovich who serves as the main showrunner said: “Whoop whoop!!!! Season 5 is coming!!! Thank you to our beautiful Lucifamily for all of your love and support!! And to @LuciferNetflix for being the best partners EVER!! It’s our final season so we’re planning to make it COUNT!!”
Joe Henderson who serves as the co-showrunner said this: “The fans brought us back to life. Now, we get to finish our story on our terms. Can’t wait for you guys to see what’s in store!”
Tom Ellis had this to say: “Well look what happened! A 5th and final season of #Lucifer is coming to @LuciferNetflix thank you to all you loyal #lucifans for watching…now let’s end this thing properly”
Where is season five of Lucifer in production?
Current production: On hold (Last updated: April 2020)
In late June 2019, Ildy took to Twitter to confirm that they’re heading back to the writer’s room in July 2019. On July 12th, 2019 we got a photo from the entire team back in the writer’s room.
— Ildy Modrovich (@Ildymojo) July 9, 2019
It’s already been teased that the first scene of season five has already been written.
We’ve also got the first few announcements about who will be returning to the director’s chair in season five.
Richard Speight, Jr. will be returning to direct in season five.
— Ildy Modrovich (@Ildymojo) July 12, 2019
In early September 2019, Netflix announced that season five had begun filming. The news was accompanied by an image with the majority of the cast lined up in the first table read. Filming took place from September 6th, 2019 onwards.
#Lucifer Season 5 starts filming tomorrow!! Can’t wait @tomellis17 @LaurenGerman @Aimee_Garcia @RachaelEHarris @dbwofficial @kevinmalejandro @LesleyAnnBrandt @Henderson_Joe @Ildymojo pic.twitter.com/b9JWOT2EKj
— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) September 6, 2019
In September 2019, we also got the first new cast announcement for season 5. Erik Aude has been cast as Rod and is currently only scheduled to appear in season one.
As of December 2019, they had completed the table read for episode nine. We believe that’ll be the final episode of part one for Lucifer given the fact its episode name includes a spoiler and the fact the writers and cast have both said how emotional the episode is.
Just finished the table read for episode 509 of #Lucifer. I am so lucky to work with these incredible actors. I cried multiple times during the read and… well, I am right now thinking about it. This episode is very personal to me, and just… wow. Grateful.
— Joe Henderson (@Henderson_Joe) December 6, 2019
Also in December 2019, the See What’s Next account from Netflix shared a first look screen for season five.
— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) December 5, 2019
In December 2019, we got a behind the scenes shot of a beach scene coming up. It’s led to rampant speculation as you can imagine.
In February 2020, we got word that the writers had concluded writing every episode with the last day in the Lucifer writing room taking place on February 7th, 2020.
DB Woodside said the following to mark the event: “Today was the last full day for the writers in the room. Please make sure to flood their timelines w love & gratitude.”
Chris Rafferty said the following: “Final day of the Lucifer Writers Room as we finished plotting our series finale. It hasn’t sunk in yet because we still have more writing, shooting & editing to do, but we celebrated this bittersweet day with lots of laughs & love”
Despite the production on the show stalled, the writers and producers of the show have shared numerous behind the scenes pictures.
Okay! Here’s a BTS of me directing our fav couple. I.E.: @tomellis17 watching me and @LaurenGerman being nerds. #Deckerstar #LuciferLockdown #LuciferSeason5 #Lucifer #LuciferonNetflix https://t.co/RQuOt2ee0b pic.twitter.com/YHqAAu3CaL
— Ildy Modrovich (@Ildymojo) April 15, 2020
In May 2020, we got even more behind the scenes snippets from various cast members:
— Aimee Garcia (@Aimee_Garcia) May 9, 2020
My #lastnormalphoto is from set on #Lucifer. We shut down production soon after, but God what a gorgeous day (and @LaurenGerman & @tomellis17 ain’t so bad either) https://t.co/b0PoUcQh4e pic.twitter.com/3Ba8MLRBCi
— Joe Henderson (@Henderson_Joe) May 16, 2020
Lucifer Season 5 Episode Names
At the end of August 2019, we got word of the first episode name and who’s writing and directing. Over time, we expect to hear more on the episode names and who is returning to write and direct.
- Episode 501 – “Really Sad Devil Guy” – Written by Jason Ning, Directed by Eagle Egilsson
- Episode 502 – “Lucifer! Lucifer! Lucifer!” – Written by Ildy Modrovich, Directed by Sherwin Shilati
- Episode 503 – “!Diablo!” – Written by Mike Coats, Directed by Claudia Yarny
- Episode 504 – “It Never Ends Well for the Chicken” – Aiyana White, Directed by Viet Nguyen
- Episode 505 – “Detective Amenadiel” – Joe Henderson, Directed by Sam Hill
- Episode 506 – “BluBallz” – Written by Jen Graham Imada, Directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
- Episode 507 – “Our Mojo” – Written by Julia Fontana, Directed by Nathan Hope
- Episode 508 – “Spoiler Alert” – Written by Chris Rafferty, Directed by Kevin Alejandro
- Episode 509 – “Family Dinner” – Written by Joe Henderson and directed by Nathan Hope
- Episode 510 – “Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam” – Written by Ildy Modrovich and directed by Sherwin Shilati.
- Episode 511 -“Resting Devil Face” – Written by Mira Z. Barnum, Joshua Duckworth, and Richardo Lopez Jr.
- Episode 512 – “Daniel Espinoza: Naked and Afraid” – Written by Mike Costa, directed by Greg Beeman
- Episode 513 – “A Little Harmless Stalking” – Written by Julia Fontana & Jen Graham Imada and directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
- Episode 514 – “Nothing Lasts Forever” – Written by Chris Rafferty & directed by Lisa Demaine
- Episode 515 – “Is This Really How It’s Going to End?!” – Written by Jason Ning & directed by Ildy Modrovich
- Episode 516 – “A Chance At a Happy Ending” – Written by Joe Henderson & Ildy Modrovich & directed by Karen Gaviola
On March 12th, the Lucifer Writers account revealed the final episode name for season five.
What to expect from season 5 of Lucifer
Caution: spoilers ahead
Before we get into spoiler territory for season 4, Netflix produced a fantastic Lucifer recap for seasons 1-3.
Firstly, let’s just recap the final episode as there’s a lot to dive into.
The final episode (episode ten – “Who’s da New King of Hell?”) sees Lucifer return home to help contain hell which is now spilling into Los Angeles. Chloe and Lucifer also reveal their love for each other (no surprise there) with Lucifer saying “his first love was never Eve”.
Throughout the season, we’ve seen Chloe struggle to come to terms with the fact Lucifer has a demonic side which is why the introduction of Eve made sense.
Season four sets up future seasons with the demons back home in hell now knowing that Lucifer never intends on returning home.
The episode closes with Lucifer saying his final goodbye to Chloe as he returns home albeit hopefully only temporarily.
Will Eve return in future seasons?
Eve also departed by the end of season four, but we don’t believe her story has completed yet either. She clearly made amends and saw the error in her ways throughout the season. She’s now gone off to find herself but could easily be bought back later.
Will Lucifer return from Hell?
Unlike the first season, Lucifer won’t be able to strike a deal to return to Earth. He’ll have to find a replacement ruler for the underworld to prevent it from spilling into the real world. Lucifer would opt to ask one of his other siblings.
Some have speculated that Lillith (Adam’s first wife) could return with Eve saying that she “tamed the beasts of the night”.
How many episodes will there be in season five of Lucifer?
Originally, we were told that Lucifer would be ten episodes final season but as of July 2019, we now know that Netflix has given an expanded order to the show.
It’s worth noting that the series is confirmed to be split into two halves, however. Part one will likely consist of eight episodes, with part two consisting of the same amount.
The series has been expanded to 16 episodes, meaning we’ll have nearly 16 hours worth of new content come 2020.
— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) July 26, 2019
How was the reaction for season four of Lucifer?
This season was bought back from the dead from fans and has clearly pleased fans too. The IMDb ratings for each episode has soared this season to between 9.5 to 9.9 on some episodes. Compare that with the mid-8s that some of the third season episodes saw.
Most viewers agree that the reduction in the episodes and complete freedom granted by Netflix has meant in a significant bump in quality.
We heard in July 2019 that we could soon see the release of the blooper reel for season four. Someone, however, has put together a compilation of all the “behind the scenes” and bloopers released thus far.
Will Lucifer return for season six on Netflix?
Up until the start of 2020, it was believed that season five was set to be the last for Lucifer on Netflix. However, several developments have built up meaning that we’re probably going to get more seasons post-season five on Netflix. Here’s what we know.
In February 2020, however, TVLine has reported that there have been ongoing talks between Netflix and Warner Bros. to keep Lucifer going beyond the fifth season. This included the showrunners signing up for another season and in March 2020, Tom Ellis signed on for more episodes.
Perhaps the biggest tease to date is from DB Woodside who teased “a super-secret project” for Netflix and Warner Brothers.
Except that it’s super cool.
And a super secret.
And I’m super excited.
Have I told you that it’s super? pic.twitter.com/h7nfZOviEu
— DB Woodside (@dbwofficial) March 5, 2020
In April 2020, we got word that the ongoing talks with Tom Ellis had broken down with a contract dispute between Warner and the main actor.
Other Lucifer Season 5 News & Casting Announcements
- On September 23rd, 2019 one of the first supporting cast members was announced. Matthew Bohrer has previously starred in supporting roles on Amazon’s Goliath, General Hospital, Masters of Sex and Blockbuster.
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) September 23, 2019
- On October 11th, Brianne Davis who appeared in HISTORY Channel’s Six, Jarhead (2005) and Synchonicity (2015) has been cast in season 5 as Detective Dancer.
Casting news for #LuciferSeason5 !!
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) October 11, 2019
- On October 28th, it has been confirmed that the final season of Lucifer will be split into two halves.
- In November 2019, it was listed that Erin Cummings who has starred in the likes of Spartacus will play the role of Mandy in season five.
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) November 10, 2019
- On November 22nd, IMDb was updated with another cast announcement. Nashville’s Chaley Rose will feature in season five as Destiny Page.
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) November 22, 2019
- In December, Lucifer cameoed in the DC universe crossover Infinite Earths. You can see his cameo in the clip below or you can wait for Infinite Earths to hit Netflix. This has led to speculation that John Constantine could feature in Netflix’s final season of the show. Tom Ellis said in an interview it was a struggle to keep his cameo a secret.
- On December 21st, the Lucifer writers team took to Twitter to wish everyone Happy Holidays. Also on December 21st, we got word of the Lucifer conventions coming to the USA in 2020.
- On January 6th, 2020 Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed that Dennis Haysbert will be joining the cast to play the role of God. This, of course, implies Lucifer and his brother will be spending lots of time with their father in the final season.
- On January 17th, 2020 we learned that Catherine Dent will appear in season five as Dr. Alice Porter.
- On January 21st, 2020 we learned that Annie Funke will play the role of Sister Francine in episode five.
- In February 2020, Neil Gaiman took to Twitter to talk to a number of Lucifer fans who claim that the show was canceled because of The Sandman. Gaiman confirmed that this rumour is false.
It was announced by Netflix when they rescued Lucifer that it would be ending at the end of Season 5. This was well over a year before Netflix won the auction for Sandman.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 28, 2020
- In May 2020 we got word that Allison McAtee would be starring as Elizabeth Newman in season five episode ten.
Casting news for #LuciferNetflix season 5!
— What's on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) May 1, 2020
- For those who love collection Lucifer on DVD. Season 4 was released on blu-ray and DVD boxset on May 12th, 2020.For those in the United States, you can rent it via Netflix’s DVD.com platform.
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