With Lucifer’s fifth season set to be its last (despite rumors circulating that the show has already signed on for a mysterious sixth season), fans have spent their time between seasons wildly speculating as to how the beloved show will come to an end.
More specifically, how the writers intend to wrap up Lucifer and Chloe’s unorthodox love story.
We’re all dying to know: will Deckerstar get a happy ending?
The truth is, it’s so much more complicated than that. As a fan of the show and the couple (like, they literally check all of my shipping boxes, folks), I have to admit that I have a difficult time seeing how they could have a happy ending in the traditional sense – meaning, of course, one in which they end up together and get the stereotypical version of happily ever after.
The thing with Deckerstar is that, whatever “happily ever after” is for them, it’s not going to be the same as what it might be for your standard, run of the mill ship, because they are not and will never be like any other ship.
Because one half of this ship is immortal. Not only that, but he carries one Hell (pun completely intended) of a burden on his broad, muscly shoulders. If Lucifer lingers on Earth for too long, demons get too comfortable with the idea of having no authority to reign over them and keep them in line.
All Hell breaks loose. Literally.
(I promise I’m going to try to go easy on the Hell puns. I swear. We need to pace ourselves, here…)
Call me a cynic, but it’s hard to see how Chloe and Lucifer could end up together in any normal, cookie cutter way.
With that being said, however, I happen to be of the belief that there are many different interpretations of what it means to get a happy ending.
While Deckerstar may not be able to have the stereotypical version of one, maybe they can create their own version of a happy ending, even if that ending has a bittersweet aftertaste.
Maybe it won’t be perfect, maybe things won’t get all wrapped up in a nice little bow, but it will be perfect for them and, therefore, so much more satisfying for us and for the story these writers, these actors, set out to tell.
One of the biggest sources of hope for a happy ending – whatever that might mean for us – is the fact the man himself, Tom Ellis, has stated that Deckerstar will get their happy ending.
Now, if we were to nitpick (which we will, because who do you think I am?), one thing worth noting in Ellis’ statement is that he says that Deckerstar gets a hopeful ending, not a happy one, which goes hand in hand with my suspicions that the writers are going to give Deckerstar their own version of happy, which may not necessarily line up with what fans often hope for when it comes to our beloved ships.
What we need to consider when it comes to Deckerstar, and Lucifer Morningstar in particular, is what their version of happy would look like.
If we are viewing a happy ending as being one in which Chloe and Lucifer end up together, there are ways of making that happen, but not all of them are ways that I would necessarily call “happy,” because I don’t think all of them align with what Lucifer would want for himself or for Chloe.
One thought I had was that, God forbid, Chloe would die and, through some form of redemption in his Father’s eyes, Lucifer would be allowed to join her in heaven. The issue I have with that idea, however, is that that wouldn’t be a happy ending for Lucifer, because he views the Silver City as just another form of prison – somewhere where he cannot be his own man, living under the thumb and strict rules of an abusive, manipulative Father.
While that ending would have Chloe and Lucifer together, and appear to be happy for them for that reason, it cheapens Lucifer’s journey. All Lucifer wants is to be free – free to be whoever he wants to be, without blame and responsibility for all of man kind’s evil placed upon his shoulders.
God is the one who forced him to shoulder that blame, that responsibility. Returning to his previous home, inhabited and ruled over by God himself, would just be another form of Hell.
Lucifer’s Hell loop.
How he wants to live.
I’d much rather see an ending where Lucifer really and truly becomes mortal, and where that mortality is the source of hope that Ellis is referring to because it grants Luciferand Chloe the freedom and opportunity to really, honesty explore their relationship without God looming over them – without Lucifer having to worry that she was just another manipulation set in his path to ruin him.
Without interference from God, or Hell, or celestials.
Complete and total freedom from celestial duty and life would, in my opinion, be the only real happy ending Lucifer could have – and the only one in which Deckerstar could fully have their version of a happy ending, no strings attached, no sacrifices necessary.
All of this, however, is merely speculation. Fans have been scouring for clues in the little snippets of content we’ve received from the show’s cast and crew as to how the series will end, and I’m sure each one of us has our own idea of how we would like the story to end.
That being said, it seems like a lot of fans are latching on to the aforementioned theory of redemption, referencing the fact that, along with the title of the final episode being “A Chance for a Happy Ending,” the usually red “L” pictured on the hat included in a photo posted by the Lucifer Writers Room twitter account is now gold, which many think alludes to a more angelic, halo-like effect, rather than a devilish one.
That subtle little change certainly alludes to a more heavenly sort of conclusion than what I might hope for and, while there is no way to give each and every fan the perfect ending that they may want and hope for, I know that we call all agree that, however they choose to go about it, all we want is for Lucifer and Chloe to be happy because, well…
They’ve been through Hell.
(Having them end up happy together would just be a bonus.)
Lucifer seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.