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After the fourth season of the original Fox series found a new home on Netflix, fans have been wondering how Lucifer will escape from his new home in hell. Season five caused major confusion when Amenadiel briefly swapped places, only to return to Earth shortly afterwards. Could the appearance of a major new character hold the key?
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Last year, fans were distraught when Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis), abandoned his partner Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to return to hell.
Season five picks up right when the last instalment left off, with the king of hell once again ruling over his dominion in the underworld.
However, when word reaches the former LAPD consultant about a new threat among the humans, Lucifer trades places with his brother Amenadiel (DB Woodside).
To make matters even more confusing, as Lucifer deals with his twin brother Michael, Amenadiel manages to leave hell unsupervised to look after his son, Charlie.
Most viewers have taken Amenadiel at his word that the oldest of God’s angels was able to strike a deal with his father (Dennis Haysbert) and return to his family.
Unfortunately, the series has always established hell needs to be guarded by a celestial, winged being, and Amenadiel’s convenient trade-off has struck some fans as a major contradiction from previous seasons.
Some fans think the appearance of Mazikeen’s (Lesley-Ann Brandt) mother, Lilith (L Scott Caldwell) could hold the answer.
In this season’s black-and-white noir special, Brandt steps into another role as a younger version of her demonic character’s mother, the first wife of Adam.
Lucifer reveals Lilith gave him her ring of immortality, and has since grown elderly when Mazikeen goes to confront her about the sacred stone.
Lilith, or Lily Rose, then passes away before the misguided demon is able to get the closure she’s been looking for.
After this pivotal moment in the first half of season five, some fans took to Reddit to discuss the possibility of Lilith’s return when the series continues.
Redditor Nicolesmith327 asked: “Why did God tell Amenadiel that he could come back? Do you think it’s because Lilith dies and is now in Hell with her children?”
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In some Biblical tales and adaptations, Lilith is often described as the queen of hell, either by Lucifer’s side or in his place.
Now the formerly immortal child of God, and close friend of Lucifer, has passed away, she could be a natural successor for the devil’s throne.
Moreover, it would explain why Amenadiel was able to leave hell at this crucial moment, whereas Lucifer was forced to watch over his demonic forces and tortured souls.
Despite this theory offering a neat explanation for one of the more puzzling developments in season five, other fans still had issues with the twist.
One viewer replied: “She can’t be the new warden without shenanigans, because they said in season four the ruler of hell needs to be an angel.
“And the showrunners clarified that more accurately, they need wings to sit upon the throne. Lilith has neither of those qualifications.”
Although Lilith has presumably lived for thousands of years, she is still technically a simple human, and wouldn’t qualify to sit on the throne of hell.
Thankfully, the final moments of season five, part one announced the glorious arrival of God, so hopefully the ruler of creation can shed light on the situation when the series returns.
Lucifer Season 5, Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.
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