Lucifer won’t be returning to our screens until September, but there were questions to be answered after that season finale cliffhanger.
If you missed the finale episode of Lucifer’s freshman season, it was revealed in the dying moments that something (or someone) had escaped their chains in the bowels of Hell. Don’t want to know who clawed their way out? Turn back now! As the information we got from the panel, and for season 2, largely concerns this jailbreak.
Anyone familiar with the Lucifer comics — and the bible — knows that Lucifer doesn’t have a mother. Well, not in the strictest sense. A case could be made for Asherah, but it remains to be seen exactly which road the showrunners will take us down.
For now, Tricia Helfer is our “Mom” on the show, and she’s going to shake things up massively when she hits our screens — not least for Lucifer and Ammenadiel. As for which son is her favorite? “That is the million dollar question,” Joe Henderson told a rapt audience at the Indigo Ballroom. “And then the question is whether or not she’s telling the truth about who her favorite is.”
Well, that could get very awkward, very quickly.
D.B. Woodside and Tom Ellis both reaffirmed that the family dynamic between their characters, and their mother, were very different. Ellis went on to say that, “The introduction of Mum brings a whole new dynamic to the show because these guys have never really had to answer to anybody, apart from each other. And so, y’know, the notion of Mum being there, you intrinsically become slightly different in front of your own mother.”
But just what changes will we see in Lucifer (and Ammenadiel) when confronted with their mother? “You see these formidable characters become not so formidable,” Ellis said. Tricia Helfer went on to tell us that she shared scenes individually with both D.B. and Ellis, before they came together as a group — meaning we’ll get to see those differing relationships in action fairly soon after the season premieres.
One tidbit that we learned about Lucifer’s mother in particular, is that the form she takes on Earth is not her true form — but it’s also not one that she’s chosen, in the same way that Lucifer and Maze chose theirs. “She is just a soul that was in Hell, so when she comes to Earth she comes into the form of someone else,” Henderson told us. To which Ellis quipped, “It’s quite disturbing for her sons.”
Before Ellis could elaborate, Helfer added, “And I may have had a bit of a bumpy road and a few trials on the way into this body.”
“It gets a little Oedipal, if you will,” said Ildy Modrovich, which confirmed my suspicions that things might be getting awkward between mother and son, in more ways that initially expected. We can’t imagine that’s going to go over well with either Lucifer, or Ammenadiel — but Mom might get a sick kick out of it.
The relationship between Lucifer, Ammenadiel and Mom won’t be the only complicated one in season 2. There’s another resident of Hell that has some conflict with Lucifer’s mother. “There is no love lost between Maze [and Lucifer’s mother.] We have history,” Helfer said. “I think Mom can maybe toy with the fact that Maze dislikes her as much as she dislikes Maze.”
It won’t take a huge leap to figure out exactly how that history and conflict may have come about. As we already know, Maze was a prime torturer in Hell. With Lucifer’s Mom a prisoner, I can only imagine what might have happened between them. There’s likely more than a little resentment there.
Of course, Tricia Helfer and Lucifer’s Mom aren’t the only new characters joining season two. Aimee Garcia will also be a regular part of the cast, playing Ella Lopez. “Ella Lopez is the new forensic scientist, and she has no sense of space,” Garcia said of her character. “So, automatically, she just invades the Devil’s space without knowing that when she hugs him.”
But there’s more to Ella than just her profession, and she’ll be an interesting foil to Lucifer himself. “With Ella, she just is so clear where her compass is and where her North star is,” Garcia said. “She’s a woman of faith, she doesn’t have God issues. Lucifer has major God issues. And so that’s just very fun to play.”
I have to admit that it’ll be fascinating to see a woman so deeply entrenched in both science and religion joining the show — which certainly isn’t something you see often on television.
As for those God issues, Lucifer will continue to work through them in his own way — possibly with Linda Martin guiding him, though that wasn’t officially confirmed. “Lucifer is still very much in therapy, he’s got a lot of issues,” Ellis said. Understatement much?
I can only hope we’ll see more of Linda and Lucifer’s interactions, as one of the strengths of Lucifer season 1 was the combination of pairings and teams that we got throughout. The panel gave a particular shout out to Lucifer and Ammenadiel, and Chloe and Maze (#Claze) — and that is a theme we’ll see continue into its sophomore season. “That is a big thrust of season 2,” Joe Henderson said, affirming that the first season was all about finding their feet and what worked well for them. “All the characters play such different dynamics, mixing and matching and throwing them all together. We have a lot of stuff coming up for all of these characters playing off each other.”
Another thing that we’ll see come into play in Lucifer’s second outing is the affect that being immortal and demonic will have on humanity — almost the reverse of what we saw in the first season, in respect to Chloe’s affect on Lucifer. “That’s actually a big theme of what we’re going to explore in the second season, is we know that humanity is changing us, is it unhealthy for us to be here? Is it a bad thing? Or is it a good thing?”
Joe Henderson elaborated on the Chloe and Lucifer relationship, saying, “What I love about it in season 2 is that Lucifer is actively spending time with Chloe Decker, even though he knows she makes him vulnerable. What does that say about him? What does that say about his, perhaps subconcious, desire to be vulnerable and to experience these new things.”
But what about the central mystery of Lucifer season 1 — Lucifer’s ‘mortality’ problem around Chloe. Will we be getting a reason for that when the show returns? “Why Chloe affects him will be the question we’ll be answering in season 2,” Henderson confirmed. And though no specific episode was given, Modrovich promised, “Some time in the middle.”
The panel ended with the cast and showrunners treating us to a ‘theme song’ for Lucifer — which was something they created to deal with some of the initial criticism of the adaptation. I recorded it for everyone to enjoy.
— Donya @ SDCC (@virtual_don) July 23, 2016
If that wasn’t enough Lucifer goodness to tide you over until season 2, there was a sizzle reel released reliving some of the highlights of the first season, as well as teasing out some clips from the upcoming episodes in September. You can watch it below.