Executive producers have confirmed that Lucifer’s sixth and final season have planned to include an episode that addresses the Black Lives Matter movement.
During an interview with ET, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson have revealed that they are currently planning the Netflix series’s closing season and they believe it is important to include real-world, societal issues, currently being discussed in modern day news. Because Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) works closely with law enforcement and several significant characters are police officials, it would only make sense to include the BLM movement.
“When we got back to the [writers] room, we started looking at the fact that we’re a cop show and in what ways have we contributed or not addressed the systemic issues of the police department,” executive producer Ildy Modrovich mentioned. “And we decided we wanted to speak to it. So we’re actually doing a story that speaks directly to it, and we’re super excited about it.”
Henderson explained that the writing team believed it was their responsibility to contribute to conversation about racial injustice. “What we did want to do was speak to the cultural reckoning we’re all going through and, I think, we’ll be continuing to go through, and our place in it and our responsibility to say something,” with Modrovich adding that they’d like to ”go at it through our personalities’ eyes from an emotional area rather than a preachy place.”
The story was discussed at length in the show’s writers area by ”a lot of voices” to ensure that the episode is respectful and says what it needs to convey, with Modrovich stating that the whole group is”very passionate” about getting it correctly.
“We have a lot of voices in the room. We’re a pretty diverse room, so it’s taken a lot longer than most episodes to break because we have talked about everything. There have been many tears shed,” she said. “I can just say everybody’s very passionate about it, so I think that’s what we’re doing to get it right. We’ll probably fine-tune it forever and be working on it until we shoot it.”
Henderson added that the rest of the Lucifer cast has also been included in the conversation because the contributions they are making to the movement is ”very important to all of them too.”
“You might have discovered our cast was tweeting about it quite a bit,” Henderson said. “DB (Woodside, who plays Amenadiel) was among the folks in particular we really engaged with it — Lesley-Ann (Brandt, who plays Mazikeen), with Tom (Ellis).”
“Ordinarily we throw them their stories and a bit of mythology, but this is a thing that almost all them asked about, so we’ve listened to them and we’ve tried to create it as a great deal of conversation as possible along with a listening exercise.”
The first half Lucifer’s fifth season dropped on Netflix on Friday, August 21, along with a teaser that has alluded to episode five being on of the most emotional episodes of the series. We are also looking forward to the special Black Lives Matter episode, as well as a musical episode.
All five seasons of Lucifer are available to see now on Netflix, or catch up on seasons one to four via Amazon Prime Video.