Lucifer: Partners 'Til the End
September 12, 2021 10:49 AM - Season 6, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Series Finale

Netflix summary: Desperate to rescue Rory, Lucifer and Chloe confront her kidnapper with guns and wings blazing. Lucifer finally comes to terms with his purpose.

*After some arguing, Lucifer and Chloe agree to rescue Rory together.

*Rory comes to chained to a chair while Le Mec holds a shotgun on her. He tells her how he heard Lucifer tell Dan about 10th & Swanson while in his body. She pops her wings and slices away his gun, but then a henchwoman shoots her with tranquilizer darts as Le Mec explains that she's not just bait.

*Lucifer and Chloe take out one of Le Mec's mercs, but Lucifer gets cut by his knife, and they realize Le Mec has made weapons that can harm him out of Rory's wing blades. They have an epic fight scene with more of the mercs through a maze of containers, but Chloe is stabbed in the shoulder and tells Lucifer to go on without her.

*Lucifer finds where Le Mec has Rory bound. Le Mec thinks killing her will end the pain he has been feeling ever since Lucifer whispered Hell-guilt into his ears, but Lucifer explains that won't stop it. He says that his true desire is to see his daughter grow up, and starts to sacrifice himself to save her, but Rory frees herself and grabs Le Mec by the throat. As her own devil-face begins to appear, Lucifer convinces her not to become a murderer. (Then Chloe appears and shoots Le Mec back onto a table of wing blades before he pops back up to try to kill them again.)

*Le Mec tells them he wants to see the light, like Dan did, but says he sees only darkness, and dies.

*Back at the penthouse, Chloe realizes that Dan-possessed-Le Mec must have been the strange man who talked to Trixie in the park, which means that Lucifer was responsible for breaking both Dan's and Lee's (Mr. Said Out Bitch) hell loop. Lucifer finally understands why God said that Hell no longer needs a keeper -- it needs a healer, and he has finally found his calling. Rory realizes that he saved her from a hell-loop for killing Le Mec too, and that this is why he left, and that he has to do it so that she grows up exactly the same, so that her rage will make her time-travel and create the loop that gives him his calling. Lucifer says there must be another way, but as the light surrounds her to send her back to her present, she begs him to give her his word that he'll do it. He does, and she disappears.

*Downstairs at Lux, Lucifer and Chloe kiss at the piano. She tells him to close his eyes, and that even though he can't see her now he's still with her, and that's how it will be when he's gone. The camera spins around them kissing on the piano to them kissing on the Hell throne and back. They play 'Heart and Soul' again like they did way back when all this started.

*In the Silver City, 'Amenagod' takes the throne and all the angels kneel to him. He frowns, and instead joins them on their level and has them rise as equals.

*In a "Champagne Supernova" montage, we see Ella and Carol with her STEM program kids, and Chloe coming back to her first day of work. Dan and Charlotte have reunited in Heaven. Chloe has made Lieutenant and is very pregnant. Officer Harris is a detective now, and Decker and Amenadiel share an approving look, though Harris doesn't see him. Linda and Amenadiel celebrate 2-year-old Charlie's birthday, and his wings appear for the first time. Bounty hunting Maze & Eve get a call that elates them, and we see everyone gathered at Chloe's to welcome her and baby Rory home.

*Rory returns to Chloe's deathbed, and thanks her for the sacrifice she made, and says she'll see her on the other side. Old Chloe dies, and finds herself (young again) in the afterlife with Amenadiel, who asks her if she's ready to go home, and takes her by the hand.

*In Hell, Lucifer leads a group therapy session which includes Dr. Linda's ex (Reese) and Le Mec. Chloe arrives at Lucifer's office door and asks if he could use a partner, and they embrace.

posted by oh yeah! (20 comments total)
Aww, that was just lovely. I've never been sure the writers could pull off a satisfying ending for this series -- first because I thought the odds were they'd be cancelled on a 'moonlighting-curse-inspired' cliffhanger, then because I just couldn't imagine a way for/place where the characters could have a happy-ever-after. But this was everything I never knew I always wanted.
posted by oh yeah! at 11:00 AM on September 12, 2021 [1 favorite]

I am guessing that Maze and Eve's call was "the adoption has been approved!", maybe?
posted by Mogur at 11:52 AM on September 12, 2021

I thought the call was that baby Rory had been born.

Do we know who the lady in the group therapy scene was?

Such a shame that they took the bubble wrap off the ceiling too early....
posted by Jacen at 10:52 AM on September 13, 2021

Okay, so..... After Ella saying at least a dozen times that she's filled with darkness, nothing actually came with that? That just gets dropped? Or was it her propensity to pick locks and pick serial killers as partners?
posted by Jacen at 11:42 AM on September 13, 2021

Den of Geek recap: The Lucifer series finale pays tribute to each character with happy endings on earth, in Heaven, and in Hell. - "There are endless avenues the Lucifer writing team could have taken with the series finale “Partners ‘Til the End,” but fans of the Netflix fantasy show are treated to an emotionally charged ride that finally places the characters exactly where they need to be whether in Heaven, Hell, or here on earth. Though the episode clearly centers on the circumstances behind Lucifer’s disappearance and the impact it eventually has on Chloe and Rory, all the characters receive wonderful, albeit brief, tributes that offer the satisfying endings each deserves. All in all, just a beautifully executed conclusion to a show that began with such a preposterous premise."

TV Line - Lucifer EPs Detail How a One-Act Coda Blossomed Into Final Season, Stand by Big 'Deckerstar' Twist: 'That's Love'
posted by oh yeah! at 5:02 PM on September 13, 2021

This was good. I can imagine something better, but that's a trap. My imagination doesn't have to actually produce a television show, after all. It just would have been amusing if Lucifer had actually become God, fucked it up like his siblings did with their prayer-answering, and then handed it over to Amenadiel. I always thought Lucifer was at its best when it descended into farce.

Still, it was a solid season that wrapped everything up in a thoughtful way and respected the characters and the world we've come to know. If every show could have this kind of final season, TV would be a lot better for it.

I started out skeptical of Dan's arc this season, but it turned out to be very well done.
posted by wierdo at 3:27 AM on September 14, 2021 [1 favorite]

The ending is a big step from the original gimmicky procedural, and I really did come to care for the characters.

I'd wonder what a Sandman tv series would be like, but not sure how far from the source material they would stop.
posted by Marticus at 6:55 PM on September 14, 2021

Marticus, you know the Sandman Netflix series is happening, right? I don't think there's been a release date announced, but filming has wrapped already (with Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer) and it should be out sometime in 2021.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:05 AM on September 15, 2021 [1 favorite]

I loved this finale and cried way too much when it was over. I'm really going to miss these characters.

There was one question that wasn't answered by the finale, and I'd really like to know the answer (even thought that won't happen). What did they tell Trixie about Lucifer's disappearance?
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 2:21 PM on September 15, 2021 [1 favorite]

Also, why the hell wasn't Trixie at Chloe's deathbed?
posted by Mogur at 3:00 PM on September 15, 2021 [5 favorites]

She was probably at Science Camp for Adults.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 3:46 PM on September 15, 2021 [5 favorites]

While I'm still ranking the Lucifer series finale high in my list of great series finales (in that it made me cry happy tears and did not retroactively ruin the show for re-watching), it definitely requires a little "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" work from my brain. Like, as beautifully angsty and self-sacrificing the Lucifer/Chloe separation for the sake of the promise to Rory and fulfilling of the time loop was, could the secret really be kept for all those years? Presumably Lucifer has been doing his Hell's-healer/therapist work throughout Rory's entire pre-time-travel life, which means the demons all know he's back. Are they all loyal enough to him to keep his return a secret from any visiting angels? Or smart enough not to fuck it up by accident?Wouldn't pre-time-travel teen-Rory have snooped around Hell for clues about her father? Wouldn't his new calling in Hell be an open secret in the Silver City from angels in the know and/or the newly-risen souls whose hell loops he'd broken?

But, those were all morning-after thoughts. I've had the "Champagne Supernova" chorus ear-worming me all day, and when I went on YouTube to listen to the full song it got me all teared up again, so, I'm still just so glad it got a real victory lap of an ending instead of just a one-act-coda, or the non-ending of the original Fox cancellation.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:16 PM on September 15, 2021 [2 favorites]

I'm assuming at some point they had to tell Trixie the truth about celestials. Her sister is after all a half angel with badass wings.
posted by Jacen at 5:33 AM on September 16, 2021

Also, don't you mean Miss Lopez-Carol Science Camp for Adults? 🤔🤔
posted by Jacen at 5:36 AM on September 16, 2021 [2 favorites]

Four-Eyed Girl noticed that I had posted my thoughts about Trixie on a different thread and let me know there was a discussion about her over here. As a character, she absolutely got shortchanged this season.

And the Miss Lopez part of the name was just so irritating.
posted by sardonyx at 7:01 AM on September 16, 2021

they dropped Trixie like a hot potato this season, I was surprised to see her at all, altho Dan's ascension was very sweet.

I thought it was a satisfying wrap up and I loved seeing Maze & Eve on their bounty hunter adventures together! it's been a fun ride.
posted by supermedusa at 9:52 AM on September 20, 2021

I wonder if the actor - Scarlett Estevez - had a scheduling conflict? She's the lead in an upcoming Disney+ show.
posted by Mogur at 4:39 PM on September 20, 2021

Scarlett had another TV show and a movie she had obligations to, so she was only available for a fraction of the season's filming.
posted by kmz at 11:25 PM on September 20, 2021

After Ella saying at least a dozen times that she's filled with darkness, nothing actually came with that?

I guess you missed the episode, Boo Normal. Ella's life back in Detroit wasn't great. Her relationship with Ray-Ray actually explains a lot about Ella and her desperate need for distractions (including card counting).
posted by SPrintF at 1:24 PM on September 22, 2021

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