We’re delving into the season 4 finale of Lucifer on Netflix, how the ending relates back to previous seasons, and what it all means for the future of the show. We will, of course, be talking spoilers, so take care if you’re not all caught up.
When Team Lucifer foil Father Kinley’s end-of-the-world prophecy and banish Dromos and his fellow invading demons back to Hell in the season 4 finale, Chloe thinks it’s over, but Lucifer explains that now the demons know he doesn’t want to go back to the Underworld, they’ll eventually return to Earth, maybe putting baby Charlie or Chloe in danger.
Luci breaks the news that he has to go and be their king to contain them. It’s a bittersweet moment for Decker star fans because Chloe then reveals that she loves Lucifer and he confesses back to her.
This is a huge moment for both characters, especially Lucifer who not only sacrifices the life he’s built for himself in LA but also the chance to be with the person he truly loves and who’s grown to accept him for everything he is.
In a selfless act, Lucifer gives it all up and returns to Hell and, as he does, his white feather angel wings return. Lucifer had these last in the season 3 finale when he used them to protect Chloe, but until that moment in season 4, we’ve only seen him with his much more devilish bat wings.
So, the return of Luci’s angel wings shows that he’s finally overcome his self-hatred and angst over whether Chloe can accept him for who he is and he’s also finally come to accept himself and stop battling his feelings for the Detective. And there’s an interesting detail in this scene which circles back to the penultimate episode of season 3.
In that scene, like this one, Lucifer also called the detective by her real name “Chloe” just before she kissed him. Back then, obviously, Chloe thought Lucifer was just referring to himself as the devil metaphorically. But after she discovered at the end of season 3 that Lucifer was quite literally the devil, season 4 has been all about her coming to terms with this knowledge.
Chloe’s struggle to fully accept Lucifer’s demonic side causes her to fall out with Luci, which sets up the introduction of Eve, someone who already accepts Lucifer for who he is and someone who’s also similar to him as she abandoned heaven because she was bored up there in much the same way that Luci was bored of Hell when he moved to LA.
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Eve is madly in love with Luci, but her obsession ends up being unhealthy for both of them. When she encourages Lucifer to return to his devilish, punishing ways, the difference between her influence on him and Chloe’s is summed up perfectly in this scene where the three of them go to confront Tiernan.
Eve is deliberately shown here as a devil-like figure on Lucifer’s shoulder goading him to lean into his darker side while Chloe is the opposite, an angel-like figure on his other shoulder, reminding him that those things are wrong. Eve’s portrayal during much of the season is something of a reversal of her traditional biblical story where she was tempted by a serpent to take fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
In the show, when Eve returns to Earth, she’s the one tempting the devil, whereas back in the Garden of Eden, it was Luci doing the tempting. Because she was so wildly in love with Lucifer, it seemed like she was going to be what set Kinley’s prophecy in motion and she did but in a different way than perhaps expected as she killed Kinley, sending a message to a demon from Hell to come back in his body. So she and Lucifer could be together.
But eventually, by the end of the season, Eve realizes that she needs to truly discover who she really is. It’ll be interesting to see if Eve is brought back into the show in a future season. She admitted to Maze they had a connection before she left, so they may still get together in the future.
In the meantime, Kinley did mention to Eve that she could be the Queen of Hell by Lucifer’s side and I wonder if there’s a slight chance that she might end up visiting him there, even taking his place.
She did seem to love punishing evil-doers on Earth so being in charge of that in Hell could be a good fit, though perhaps she was just doing that as she thought it was what Luci wanted.
What other ways could Lucifer get out of Hell in Season 5? For a clue, let’s revisit what happened at the end of the first season. In that season finale, Lucifer was killed and went to Hell although it was only temporary as he made a deal with his father, God.
An exact replay of that wouldn’t be possible this time as Lucifer needs a substitute ruler to govern Hell in his place. One possibility might be that Luci asks God to send a different angel to keep control over the Underworld. Lucifer and Amenadiel have several siblings, some of whom we’ve already met.
There’s Remy who appeared this season when she tried to take Amenadiel’s baby back to Silver City. And there’s Azrael, aka the Angel of Death, who was introduced in the Season 3 bonus episode “Boo Normal”.
In that episode, Azrael revealed that Lucifer was one of her favorite brothers and that she’d always meant to visit him in Hell after his rebellion against God, and I wonder if this time she’ll make good on that and come to see him in Season 5. An alternative new character who could resolve Lucifer’s dilemma of being stuck in Hell is Lilith, Adam’s first wife.
She was namechecked a couple of times this season, first by Eve: “Lilith tamed the beasts of the night. And then by Maze “My mother, Lilith… Let’s just say she wasn’t the mom of the year.”
Now, what’s interesting is that Eve said that “Lilith tamed the beasts of the night” suggesting that if she were introduced to the show, she could be a fearsome ruler who could keep Hell’s demons in check. By the way, if you’re a fan of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this will make sense to you.
Something that could be an intriguing twist is that rather than Lucifer going back to LA, Chloe could instead become his queen in Hell! This isn’t something I can see working easily with all the other supporting characters who would still be in LA.
So if it did happen, I could only see this happening briefly until there was some other resolution. And talking of supporting characters, many of them also went through crises like Lucifer, Chloe and Eve this season. Maze discovered she was becoming too dependent on looking after Linda and her unborn child after Linda told her she needed to find her own partner.
Maze did make that connection with Eve, although it wasn’t reciprocated entirely, in a similar way to how Lucifer was with about Eve. So perhaps next season, we’ll see Maze exploring other potential partnerships as well as continuing to kick ass. The show’s cast are all absolutely wonderful, and Aimee Garcia is just perfect as Ella.
This season, Ella suffered a crisis of faith after the death of Charlotte with both her attitude and her T-shirts turning a little darker. And Ella and Dan also shared a brief intimate moment which surprised me because it seemed
to come out of nowhere. However, looking back over the season, it seems they connected over their similar feelings about the loss of Charlotte.
But, by the end of the season, Ella puts her crucifix back on and Dan understands the foolishness of going back to his old shady ways. As for Trixie, well, it was nice to see her make up with Maze, but I wish we’d seen a lot more of her as she’s such a good actress and her on-screen chemistry is so great with all the adult actors.
However, I think she may be a casualty of having a shorter season now. Fingers crossed, we see more of her next time. So, how do you feel about the ending to Lucifer season 4 and do you have any predictions or things you’d like to see in Season 5?