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Contract negotiations between Tom Ellis and Warner Bros, as well as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, caused fears that Lucifer would be coming to an end after the original Fox series’ latest instalment on Netflix. Thankfully, that won’t be the case, but the surprising news has still caused a huge shift in how season five will play out.
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After the release of the first half of Lucifer’s fifth season, reports have confirmed the events of the upcoming finale have gone through a last-minute shake-up to pave the way for season six.
‘Lucifans’ were kept on tenterhooks this year as it was feared the fifth season of the popular urban fantasy drama would be its last.
Following delays caused by the outbreak of coronavirus and contract negotiations reportedly coming to a standstill between Tom Ellis and Warner Bros. TV, many fans assumed the series would be cancelled.
Streaming service Netflix then shocked fans by announcing an unexpected sixth and final season of Lucifer back in June.
Season five has already featured Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) take on his most formidable foe so far, his devious twin brother Michael.
Moreover, the midseason finale introduced fans to Lucifer’s father, God (Dennis Haysbert), who interrupted Lucifer and Michael’s epic showdown.
As the stakes have never been higher, speculation as to how the next instalment can top Lucifer’s latest adventures has already begun.
New comments from Dan Espinoza star Kevin Alejandro have since confirmed the season finale, which has yet to be completed, will feature some huge changes.
Lucifer was originally intended to end after season five, so the writers have taken advantage of the ongoing pandemic and production delays to rework the finale.
Alejandro confirmed: “All of us went into it, and continued throughout the journey, up until the episode before the last one, thinking this was our series finale. That this [season five] was the show finale.”
Production on season five came to a standstill in March, with Tom Ellis estimating almost half of the finale had been filmed before Lucifer postponed its filming schedule.
The cast is hoping to return to set to complete the finale and get to work on season six as soon as possible, but it remains unclear when film and TV projects will be safe to get back to normal in Los Angeles.
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Even though the story will continue, the Lucifer star has confirmed fans should still expect an epic conclusion when the second half of season five, part two eventually drops on Netflix.
He continued: “You can tell, I think, just even through the scripts and through the episodes that they didn’t hold anything back, they were just pushing forward.
“Everyone was under that impression, until a couple of months before we ended the season and Netflix changed their minds. So it sort of threw us all for a loop!”
However, thanks to Netflix’s sudden change of heart, Lucifer will be undergoing some major rewrites to make sure the next season makes sense after the events of the finale.
Alejandro confirmed: “Having conversations with the writers now, or how they’re going to bring it back to season six, you know they had to make some tweaks to our season finale.
“I didn’t think they could. I think they didn’t think they could do it, but lo and behold, they figured out a really cool way to excel through season six.”
With season five, part two set to feature even more Deckerstar romance and Lucifer’s reunion with his father, expectations are at an all time high for season six to be bigger and better than ever.
Lucifer Season 5, Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.
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