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Lucifer Season 5b - What We Know So Far

Lucifer is truly the little show that could. The exceptionally fun supernatural series was initially canceled by Fox after just three seasons but was (thankfully) rescued by Netflix soon after. The streaming service has already released season 4 and the first half of season 5, and while it was first announced that the show's fifth season would be its last, Netflix came out in June 2020 and said "Whoops, just kidding!" So now the show will officially end after season 6.

Luckily, we've still got a bit of time before we have to say goodbye, presumably for real this time, to Lucifer (Tom Ellis), Chloe (Lauren German), and everyone else we've come to love over the course of the show's run. The first eight episodes of season 5 were released in August 2020, but we're still awaiting the arrival of the second batch of episodes. To keep us busy until then, we've been piecing together bits of information about the new season in order to get a better picture of what to expect when the show returns. Here's everything we know so far about Lucifer season 5b.

When will Lucifer season 5b be released?

Netflix split Lucifer's fifth season into two eight-episode halves. This decision didn't matter too much to us when the world was on a normal production schedule, but the pandemic obviously delayed the filming and thus the release of the second half of the season, which has made fans a bit impatient.

Unfortunately, there's still no news on when season 5b of Lucifer will be released on Netflix. As frustrating as this is, there is a bit of good news to be had, though: The show has been filming. Back in the fall, TVLine reported that the series went into production on season 5b in September 2020, which means there's a very good chance we'll see the second batch of season 5 episodes before the end of 2021. Given what we know about when the last episodes debuted, we're going to make an educated guess and say that they'll likely air in the summer.

Who will be in the cast of Lucifer season 5b?

All the usual suspects will return for Lucifer season 5b, including Tom Ellis (Lucifer), Lauren German (Chloe Decker), Aimee Garcia (Ella Lopez), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Maze), Kevin Alejandro (Detective Dan Espinoza), DB Woodside (Amenadiel), and Rachael Harris (Dr. Linda Lopez). Meanwhile, look for Dennis Haysbert, who plays God, to return as well.

Additionally, Invar Lavi, who's character Eve was absent from the first half of season 5, will make her return in the back half of the season, while Rob Benedict, who famously portrayed God on the recently concluded Supernatural, will join the series to play a mercenary who is wanted by Lucifer, Chloe, and the LAPD. Scott Porter, known for his work on Friday Night Lights and Hart of Dixie, also announced in September that he had joined the cast of the show for the rest of season 5 and season 6.

Also appearing this season is '80s pop star Debbie Gibson, who Entertainment Weekly reports will be singing in a musical episode. She'll be joined in the episode by Catherine Dent, who is best known for her work on the FX drama The Shield. Elsewhere, Matthew Bohrer is set to appear as a new character named Donovan Glover, and Alison McAtee will play a woman known as Elizabeth Newman.

What is the plot of Lucifer season 5b?

The season 5a finale ended on quite a cliffhanger — Lucifer (Ellis) and Amenadiel (Woodside) were duking it out with their brother Michael (Lucifer's twin) when God (Haysbert) finally decided to make his first appearance on the show just in time to stop the fight. It's been confirmed that season 5b will pick up right where season 5a left off, so expect the show to deal with the fallout.

Look for the show to get even darker, too. Co-showrunner Joe Henderson told Entertainment Tonight that season 5b is the "most emotional season of the series so far," and even though "lightness is mixed in [...] 5B will both be both brighter and even darker still [...] it's always darkest before the dawn." 

We're going to guess that some of that lightness he mentioned is going to come early on in the season. We know, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, that one of the first episodes of season 5b is a full-on musical. The episode is titled "Bloody Celestial Karaoke Jam," and it's just not possible for something as cool-sounding as that to be terribly dark, right?

Where can I watch the Lucifer season 5b trailer?

Netflix has not yet released a full trailer for Lucifer season 5b. However, the show's Twitter account has dropped a few teasers to whet your appetite until the real thing is available. The first teaser, which was released on Thanksgiving, comes in the form of a fancam of Lauren German's Chloe Decker that ends with brief new footage involving glass falling and Chloe looking around and asking, "Have you seen Lucifer?"

The Twitter account then followed that up with another fancam teaser video on New Year's Eve. This one features Lucifer and, after highlighting some of the character's great moments from the show, features new footage of God putting his hand on Lucifer's shoulder and saying, "I've come to ask you something."

It's unclear what God has planned for Lucifer, and we'll be pondering this one until the show eventually decides to bless us (wink) with a full-length trailer rather than short teasers.