‘Lucifer’: How Many Episodes Is Season 5 and When Will Part 2 Hit Netflix?

Lucifer Morningstar is back for more celestial fun with Lucifer. The first half of the new season premiered on Aug. 21. But after devouring all eight episodes, fans are anxious to find out when Part 2 of Season 5 will hit Netflix.

Tom Ellis in 'Lucifer'
Tom Ellis in ‘Lucifer’ | John P. Fleenor/Netflix

There’s a reason why ‘Lucifer’ Season 5 was split in two

In 2019, when Lucifer made its Netflix debut with Season 4, the entire installment was released at the same time. But this time around, the show is breaking up its new season into two parts because of a pause in production due to the COVID-19 shutdown. According to series’ lead Tom Ellis, in mid-March, the Lucifer team was in the process of filming the last episodes of the season.

“I’ve been holed up in L.A. with my wife since shooting on season five of Lucifer was suspended,” Ellis recently told Da Man Magazine. “We were agonizingly close to wrapping but lockdown beat us. So, we still have 60 percent of our season five finale to shoot.”

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Without the finale, the season is incomplete. So the cast and crew are hoping to resume production soon so they can finish the last episode and release it with the second half of the season. 

But fans are getting a much longer season of ‘Lucifer’ this time

Getting only half of a season of your favorite show is not ideal. But Lucifer fans can take some comfort in knowing that Season 5 is much longer than the previous season. 

Season 4 hit Netflix with a total of 10 episodes, which dropped simultaneously in May 2019. The first half of Season 5 consists of eight episodes. And with the second half adding another eight on top of that, the new season will air with a total of 16 episodes.

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When will Part 2 hit Netflix?

As of now, Netflix hasn’t announced a premiere date for Part 2 — also referred to as Season 5B. But according to a listing by Production Weekly, the Lucifer cast and crew are scheduled to restart production in mid-October. 

And as Ellis indicated, if only 60 percent of the finale is left, production should be completed fairly soon. So, optimistically, Season 5B should premiere sometime in December 2020 or early 2021. But on the other hand, with COVID-19 safety measures in place, production could take longer than usual. 

“It’s going to be challenging to say the least,” Ellis explained when talking to Da Man Magazine about resuming filming.  “We’ve had to find a way to stay safe whilst remaining productive. Film sets are usually a hive of activity with people constantly making adjustments and last-minute tweaks in small, confined spaces. Now, with the restrictions, everyone has to take their turn to do their job, so it’s going to have a big knock on effect to how much we can physically shoot in a day.”

There are still a lot of unknown variables. But fans can rest assured that most of Season 5B is ready, and it’s just a matter of time before the new episodes drop. 

Lucifer, Season 5, Part 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.