The fifth and final season of Lucifer is going to be much longer than originally reported, as Netflix has ordered six additional episodes of the popular series. Rather than the initial order of 10, season 5 will now consist of 16 episodes when it premieres on the service. "We are so incredibly thankful to Netflix for ... letting us finish the story of Lucifer on our terms," co-showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson said when Netflix renewed the series for another season last month. "Most importantly, we want to thank the fans for their incredible passion and support. The best is yet to come!"
Perhaps this news will make the bittersweet feeling of seeing the show come to an end just a little bit sweeter. Still, some of the shows biggest fans have been campaigning to see the series expand past season 5, even if it needs to find a new home elsewhere. In response, the show's executive producers released a statement saying their efforts were appreciated but ultimately futile. "[W]hile we feel just as sad as many of you do that this marvelous ride is coming to an end, a fight won't change things right now," the statement reads. For what it's worth, an order of six additional episodes is sort of like getting another half-season of the show.
Lucifer was originally a Fox series, first premiering on the network in 2016. Based on the DC Comics character, the series follows the Devil himself, who has since moved out of Hell and into Los Angeles where he runs a nightclub and becomes a consultant for the LAPD. Tom Ellis starred in the titular role of Lucifer, joined in the cast by Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D. B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, and Rachael Harris. The series became a quick hit with viewers, but after three seasons, Fox announced they were not renewing the show, thus breaking the hearts of its most diehard fans. This brought about a #SaveLucifer campaign on social media, which picked up lots of steam to show just how popular the series really is.
Mere weeks after the announcement of Fox ending the series, Netflix picked it up for a fourth season on the streaming service. The series found its audience there as well, becoming one of the most binge-watched shows Netflix had to offer. Based on this success, Netflix announced in June they were ordering another season of Lucifer, but it would also serve as the final season of the series. At the time, it was reported season 5 would feature 10 episodes as did season 4, but now it's good for fans to know they'll really be a lot more than expected.
When all is said and done, Netflix will have given Lucifer 26 more episodes than the series would have gotten if it ended its run after its Fox cancelation. As of now, there's no official release date for season 5, but it will likely premiere on Netflix sometime in 2020. This information comes to us from TVLine.