WARNING: The following review contains spoilers for Lucifer's fourth season, streaming now on Netflix.
Just like that, the long-awaited fourth season of Lucifer has arrived. The season was shorter, yes, but rich with memorable moments and growth for each character. Judging by the praise fans have been giving the Netflix revival, hopes are running high for a fifth season. And where many beats of Season 4's overarching plot were relatively predictable, Season 5 is a complete mystery, mainly because of where the latest finale leaves, well, everything.
The final episode of Season 4, "Who's da New King of Hell?" (directed by Eagle Egilsson), saw Lucifer, Maze, Amenadiel and Eve try their best to beat back the forces of Hell before they could use Amenadiel's child to replace Lucifer as king. As as our heroes fought valiantly, the demons threatened to overwhelm them and harm Decker, until Lucifer embraced his role as the devil and scared the underwood's hordes back into submission.
It was then that the truth of Father Kinley's prophecy became clear: "When the devil walks the Earth and finds his first love, evil shall be released." Even though they hadn't admitted it, Lucifer and Chloe do love each other, and that was enough to indirectly unleash the evil of Hell. They managed to suppress this particular uprising, but as long as the throne in Hell sits empty, Earth would always be at risk and the prophecy could always be fulfilled. Realizing this, Lucifer said his goodbyes to Decker and returned to Hell.
We saw Amenadiel and Linda reunited with their child, and we know they intend to raise him on Earth, despite the threat from both Heaven and Hell. Presumably, that means the next season will focus on the two tackling parenthood with supernatural elements thrown in. Other characters didn't receive conclusions that were nearly as clear as that, leaving fans to wonder, if/when Season 5 airs, where will we see everyone?
Let's start with the most obvious: Lucifer will most assuredly return to Earth, leaving us with the question of how and why. What has always been true is the fact that Lucifer has always found a way to get what he wants, one way or another. Now that he and Decker have admitted their feelings to each other, there's little doubt that the devil will have a good reason to find a way out of Hell. It might not happen immediately, meaning a few episodes could be spent exploring the infernal realm, but eventually, the pair will reunite on Earth.
What we don't know is whether or not one of his closest friends followed him there. We're of course referring to Maze, who spent the last two seasons doing what she did best -- hunting and punishing bad guys, though this time she was a bounty hunter.
In Season 4, Maze began a search for something more to her life on Earth, though she didn't quite realize it until Linda pointed it out. It didn't take long for the demon to find some semblance of greater meaning after Eve's arrival, and Mazikeen of the Lilim seemed to fall in love for the first time since Amenadiel. She spent a considerable amount of time trying to attract Lucifer's former lover and make her feelings known, only to find that when she did, those feelings were unrequited.
We don't see Maze again after that unhappy ending to her arc, so if she hasn't returned to Hell with Lucifer, she'll almost certainly hate him for suddenly abandoning her. Whether that would resurrect the animosity between them is anyone's guess; the last season began with Lucifer and Maze putting their differences aside with a surprising nonchalance, so perhaps she'll be forgiving in Season 5 as well, especially since she'll have her own problems. Living with Linda, Amenadiel and their child will almost definitely invite trouble from both Heaven and Hell.
That leaves Eve, who left Heaven to be with Lucifer, albeit for excitement and fun rather than actual love. In the end, she realized she didn't need the devil (or anyone else) to be happy, which se told Maze after the latter had admitted her feelings. This was the last we saw of Eve, and it seemed as though she was intent on wandering Earth by herself for a while.
But does that mean Lucifer is done with her? Both Amenadiel and Charlotte Richards, much like Eve, were villains that remained with the show long after their roles as antagonists had ended, so it's not unreasonable to think Eve will continue to appear. That being said, part of the reason why those villains remained was because of the show's need to fill more than fifteen episodes. With Netflix, filler is no longer required, which makes the chances of an appearance by Eve in Season 5 uncertain... but not impossible. As Lucifer explained in the season finale, they had only defeated this wave of evil, and the prophecy remains a threat to be fulfilled in the future. If the devil is to put an end to it all, he may still need Eve; se is the one who unknowingly sparked the uprising, after all.
What fans can depend on is, if renewed, the show should find its equilibrium quickly. Because Lucifer is a police procedural drama at its core, we'll definitely see a lot of crime-solving action in the next season, with both Decker and Lucifer. Unless the show dramatically switches genres, that dynamic probably won't shift much, save for the sparks that will fly now that they both know how the other feels about them.
Helmed by Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich, Lucifer’s fourth season stars Tom Ellis as the Devil, Lauren German as Det. Chloe Decker, D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, Kevin Alejandro as Det. Dan Espinoza, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen Smith, Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez, and newcomer Inbar Lavi as Lucifer’s ex and Adam’s wife Eve. The show releases on Netflix on May 8.