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Warning: This story about the Season 3 finale of Lucifer is dark and full of SPOILERS. Do a careful jig away from it until you've watched the episode!
Fans of Fox's Lucifer have been going crazy for the past few days upon hearing that the supernatural police procedural had been cancelled after Season 3. Well, a couple of days ago showrunner Joe Henderson revealed that those same fans would likely be very disappointed by the season ender, because while it would wrap up Season 3, it would also tease some major stuff for Season 4, which is now unlikely to happen. And, he wasn't kidding.
After being tricked into an ambush by Pierce and his rather large goon squad once the team realized that he was responsible for Charlotte's death, Lucifer and Pierce fight. Of course, our Morningstar hero wins, managing to stab Pierce in the chest with the demon blade he had tried to kill Lucifer with. And, as Pierce is dying, Lucifer's Devil face finally comes back...just in time for Chloe to come in and see him in all his fiery, scary, red-faced glory. The episode ends with Chloe muttering about how everything Lucifer has been telling her for years has been true, as the camera rests on a wide shot of the two lovebirds facing one another.
So, how would Season 4 have handled the reveal? Here's what Joe Henderson had to say about Lucifer's Devil face returning right as he killed Pierce:
One of the big things we established in this finale is you control your own fate, and that includes angels. You are what you make of yourself. Part of [the cause] is the actual murder, and part of it is in doing so, what Lucifer sees himself as. That's a big thing we wanted to unravel in Season 4 --- why did my Devil face come back in that moment? Is it because I killed a man? Is it because I liked it?
Obviously, by the time Lucifer kills Pierce, he deserved to die, but it sounds like Season 4 would have dealt with the repercussions of that act on a much deeper level. Even if someone needs to die, should you actually enjoy killing them? And, since Amenadiel seems to be correct that they are in control of their gifts, does Lucy getting his Devil face back mean that he now sees himself as an actual devil in the larger sense, even though he was starting to become a better person because of his love for Chloe?
Henderson also spoke to TVLine about how Season 4 would have handled Chloe finally being forced to believe the truth about Lucifer after all this time.
There's no going back. We wanted to back ourselves into this corner, so there was no way we couldn't stick with what we did. This is the end of an act, and the beginning of the next one is Chloe knowing the truth and having to deal with both the fact that her partner was actually the Devil, but also the man she has grown to love. That's what we wanted to explore in Season 4.
Yeah. After a couple of years of believing that Lucifer was speaking in metaphor every time he talked about heaven, being the devil, angels, immortals and the like, Chloe is going to have one hell (haha) of a time reconciling the truth she's finally seen with her own eyes with the idea that she's fallen in love with the actual, real devil. Not to mention the fact that everything he's said to her about his past is real, and she's going to have to deal with all that new knowledge, as well.
So, basically, Lucifer had some seriously solid plans in place for Season 4 storylines, especially considering the relationship between Lucifer and Chloe. Let's hope that we can get another season somewhere to wrap this cliffhanger up. Until we find out if Lucifer can be saved, be sure to check out our summer premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the meantime.