(Warning: This thread contains spoilers for “Lucifer’s” Season 5B conclusion.)
On the Season 5B finale of “Lucifer,” Tom Ellis’ Lucifer performed the unthinkable: he became God after five seasons of giving people the God’s honest truth that he is the Devil.
Going from king of Hell to Lord of the Universe is a significant career shift for Lucifer as he enters the final season of the Fox-turned-Netflix drama, and Ellis is here to talk down that transition for TheWrap. Of course, we discussed the moment that permitted Lucifer to become God, which was when he gave his life for his love Chloe Decker (Lauren German) and told her for the first time that he loved her.
Below is a Q&A with the powerful Ellis.
TheWrap: How was it shooting the big combat sequence between angels and demons at the end of the finale, lead by Michael and Lucifer — so you and you? And how does it compare to the Season 5A finale, which had you and you fighting hand-to-hand?
Tom Ellis (Tom Ellis): This one was held at the Coliseum and was held indoors with air conditioning. Oh, my God, it was boiling. It was, in fact, when we initially returned. After we had broken down for COVID, we shot this segment. So we took a break for a few months and then returned to this sequence.It was a hot mess, to say the least. And there were quite a few of them. Morgan [Benoit], my stunt double, did the most of the work on the wires. However, I had completed most of the wire work myself by this point. To put it another way, I’m delighted I already have children. It’s a tight-fitting garment that takes a lot of patience and deep breathing. We aimed for a very ambitious sequence, and I don’t think we could have done it even three years ago on the show because it relied on technological improvements. That was a lot of fun for the special effects department. It was a hit with them. When you watch it again, you can see how well all of the pieces worked together.
That combat scene results in Chloe’s death at Michael’s hands — and then her resurrection when Lucifer selflessly journeys to heaven, sacrificing his own life in order to bring Chloe back to Earth, and is finally able to tell her he loves her before what he believes will be his fate. How would you define Lucifer’s path to that sacrifice, which is what allows him to become God in the end?
I’d always imagined Lucifer telling Chloe, “I love you,” in the same way that Charlie sets the little gobstopper down and walks away in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and then Gene Wilder says, “Charlie, you’ve won. You have triumphed.” For me, that was always the moment when Lucifer told Chloe he loved her. I wasn’t sure how it would transcend and fit into our plot, but it felt like the perfect moment for Lucifer to prove himself and show that he is capable of love, not just for himself, but for others as well. That is the turning point. And how does that affect Season 6? It puts Lucifer in a position to take over the role of God. And you can probably guess how that will turn out.
Before that, Lucifer had been working hard to become God, first because he enjoyed the notion and later because of Dan’s death, when he felt compelled to do so since he couldn’t let Michael take over. But he didn’t get the power until he performed this act for Chloe. What makes you think that?
That’s the problem. He was doing it for the wrong reasons, as you say. We all know that if you take on a significant position in your life, you must do so for the right reasons; otherwise, it will not work out. And that job, for sure. It’s strange because if you told me what was going on five years ago when we first started this show, I would have said, “Are you crazy?” But it also refers to the central theme of the play, which is Lucifer’s progression and road to redemption.
What does it feel like to have one more season of “Lucifer” to look forward to – this time for real?
So, we’ve wrapped it up, we’ve completed it. It was perplexing. I mean, we thought “Lucifer” was going to end throughout the most of Season 5, so I spent a lot of time in Season 5 coming to grips with that. That season served as a time for me to contemplate all that had transpired and simply appreciate everything that had occurred. Obviously, COVID spoiled it a little too early, and the rest of Season 6 was a pleasant surprise. Returning to do Season 6 was actually incredibly cathartic in a strange sense. I was sad to see it come to an end, but I was also relieved because I knew we’d done everything right. The most important thing to me was that I felt like we told our narrative. And I’ve made a lot of new acquaintances as a result of the experience. So I didn’t leave that set thinking, “I’m never going to see anyone else,” because I know I’ll see a lot of people again. The worst part was saying goodbye to the crew, because those are the folks you don’t really know if you’ll see them on the next job or whatever. But, you know, I’ve got my crew buddies with whom I’m going to hang out outside of work. I’m really thankful we had six years, because that’s really all you can ask for. I’m pleased we got six years to share our tale and that people were interested in hearing it.
TheWrap’s interviews with Kevin Alejandro and D.B. Woodside regarding Season 5B of “Lucifer” can be found here and here. Check back with us throughout the weekend for more “Lucifer” Season 5B coverage.