Netflix pleads the infernal Fifth for final ‘Lucifer’ run…

Netflix has confirmed they're bringing back 'Lucifer' for a fifth season, but it will be the show's last...

When Lucifer was cancelled by FOX after three seasons, its fanbase got pro-active and made it known they’d follow the show and support it if someone else was to pick it up. At almost literally the eleventh hour, Netflix stepped up and did just that, bringing the show back for a ten-episode fourth run which debuted on the platform in April.  The show, which dealt with the fallen angel (played by Tom Ellis) trying to slowly improve his historically-skewed reputation and solve crimes in LA had left its fans with police detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) finally seeing the truth about her infernal partner.  It resolved the cliff-hanger and though it was given a little more freedom in violence and language, it generally kept on with the successful formula it had had to date. It introduced Lucifer’s previous paramour Eve (the original woman) played by Inbar Lavi and also dealt with Lucifer and Chloe coming to terms with Lucifer’s heritage, reputation and true place in mythology and the universe. The revival seemed to go down well and even though Netflix infamously refuse to release exact viewing numbers, it was clear that on a critical level the show was well-received and it’s generally believe the ratings would reflect that.

On the strength of those, Netlflix have just announced that there will be a fifth season of Lucifer, but it will be the show’s last and the announcement gives the production time to tailor the story-arc accordingly. Given that the last season ended with – spoiler alert – Lucifer reluctantly forced to return to reign over Hell instead of exploring his new more moral position – it would seem he will have to find a way to return to the City of Angels. The team behind the show have said that they already knew how Season Five would open if they got their renewal.

“We’re 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,” Netflix announced in a statement.

“We are so incredibly thankful to Netflix for resurrecting our show last season, and now letting us finish the story of Lucifer on our terms,” series executive producers Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson said. “Most importantly, we want to thank the fans for their incredible passion and support. The best is yet to come!!”

The anarchic and darkly funny drama also stars Rachael Harris, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia, Tricia Helfer, Scarlett Estevez and Kevin Alejandro. It is not known whether Inbar Lavi will return as ‘Eve’ or not.

Tom Ellis, Lucifer himself, had a very subdued reaction on twitter…

So far a broadcast date and number of episodes allocated have not been announced, but it is likely it will be in the spring of next year and may have ten episodes a la the most recent run…

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