In the beginning, FOX made a show. The fans looked upon it and saw that it was good. Now, 5 years and 6 seasons later, that show is coming to an end. Lucifer, the fan-favourite, has reached an emotional end. After being cancelled following a cliffhanger of an ending in Season 3 and resurrected by Netflix. The show was only supposed to have two more seasons. But the fans came in droves to show support for the show on Netflix, that Season 6 got the greenlight. Because the final season came as a response to the massive outpour of fandom love, it watches like a love letter to said fans.
This 10-episode season follows Lucifer as he struggles to become God. If you’re up to date, you’ll remember that in Season 5, Lucifer wins in a battle against his twin Michael. Like his father, the Original God or…OG, if you will, has ventured off to join his mother in an alternate dimension; the throne on high is empty. Lucifer’s victory against Michael guarantees him what he’s been searching for for so long. Power, respect and, ultimately, acceptance. Unfortunately, just as he’s won the war for Heaven, along with the other thing he’s been wanting for quite some time: Chloe. Now that the love of his life, a woman literally made for him, knows who he is and is willing to be with him. It turns out that Lucifer isn’t as quick to hop on the Pearly White Throne as he once was.
This season, we watch as he struggles to understand if he’s even right for the role of God, testing his “godliness” in multiple ways. Largely, his efforts focus on caring about people outside of his immediate family and friends. Lucifer believes this to be a key quality for God and thinks it’s one he himself doesn’t possess. As we watch him progress through the season-ending episodes, it’s clear that perhaps Lucifer shouldn’t be good because he possesses this ability. He uses his skills and powers to save people who have long since given up hope or abandoned the “good” side, and that’s just as important. Maybe even more important than rewarding those who have always “done the right thing”.
We also follow our other favourite characters through this final season.
Dan, despite being dead, still has a massive presence this season. His story is compelling and one of the arcs that brought the most tears to my eyes. There is a particular conversation he has in a park that really cranked up the waterworks for me. Finally, Ella, perhaps my favourite Lucifer character, gets a real moment to shine this year. After being in the dark for years about Lucifer’s true nature (despite all of the other main characters knowing the truth), she’s finally managed to puzzle things out. It’s delightful, refreshing and funny to watch her reaction to the confirmation of all the things she’s always known to be real.
Maze is still on a journey of self-love and discovery, and her story rolls around quite nicely this season. Although she now understands that her actions on Earth have granted her a soul, she seems to struggle with the idea that she deserves one. She hasn’t reconciled her previous actions as a torturer with her present, and it nearly costs her the thing she wants most.
Linda also struggles with her new reality. After being a therapist to celestial beings, treating regular humans has begun to fall flat. She’s also been writing a book about Lucifer in secret. It serves almost as a case study, and her belief (or lack thereof) in Lucifer’s ability to truly be God is hugely important to the season’s finale. Amenadiel also deals with job dissatisfaction. He joins the police force, only to realize that being a police officer doesn’t allow him to help everyone the way he wants to or imagined it would. He’s especially struck when he realizes that his lead detective is the same racist officer who nearly shot him. Further, his focus on worldly issues has prevented him from recognizing a particularly catastrophic event.
Finally, Chloe has quit her job in law enforcement to serve as Lucifer’s “right-hand woman” when he ascends the throne. Unfortunately, her actual death last season and her constant brushes with death have left her paranoid about her survival. As a result, she develops an addiction that seems small at first but quickly turns into a major problem. Her relationship with Lucifer is also one of her huge concerns. Despite five years of evidence that Lucifer’s main desire has always been to stay by her side, Chloe worries that he’ll eventually leave her thanks to a visitor from the future.
This is perhaps one of the least enjoyable moments of the season for me. It makes no sense that Chloe would believe that Lucifer would in any way want to leave her (despite the show’s attempt at providing evidence that he would). Every action that he’s ever taken has been to maintain his relationship with her. It is perplexing and confusing and, at times, makes Chloe’s character a bit grating. Especially given that without her, detective job-it becomes her primary character arc.
And in a bold move for a final season, we meet a new angel named Rory, with classic goth style and maybe the best wings I’ve ever seen on this show. She’s here to kill Lucifer for some unknown debt, but it turns out she’s the person most responsible for the decisions he makes over the course of the season and those he makes from now on. Lucifer, Season 6 is full of excitement, fun, drama, and tears, but it makes good what it promised. I don’t think any fan of the show will walk away unhappy, despite what many may feel was a bittersweet ending (but one I think actually perfectly suits the themes the show has worked through these past years).
It seems impossible that a show featuring celestial, eternal beings is coming to a close, but as it does, remember that this last season was crafted specifically for you, the fans. It shows in every episode. Every character is given a send-off that they have to work for, but that ultimately feels earned and real. The show may be over, but the lessons that it’s given to everyone who’s watched it will linger on. Perhaps most importantly, it answers one of the questions Lucifer posed in a vulnerable moment. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a sinner. It doesn’t matter if you’re a saint. Nobody wins, so what’s the point?”
The point is the journey, friends. And this final journey for Lucifer is worth every bump along the way.
The final season of Lucifer premieres on September 10th, only on Netflix.
Can’t wait for the season? Catch our interview with Aimee Garica (Ella Lopez) here.