Lucifer season 6: Dan Espinoza star confirms ‘gentle’ return as he speaks out on exit
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Netflix has still yet to confirm when the highly anticipated sixth season of Lucifer will premiere. Following some shocking twists in the newly released second part of season five, Kevin Alejandro has opened up about Dan Ezpinoza’s tragic murder and what it means for the rest of the series.
‘Detective Douche’ Dan Espinoza suffered a horrific fate in the second half of Lucifer season five.
After being kidnapped by French mercenaries, Dan is shot several times and bleeds to death in the arms of Chloe Decker (played by Lauren German).
As the series would have originally concluded with its fifth season, Dan’s passing would have been a devastating yet fitting final note on the show’s darkest entry yet.
However, showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson were surprised last year when Netflix agreed to give Lucifer one last outing to wrap up the story.
Following recent comments from Alejandro himself in a recent season 5b debriefing for TVLine, it has now been confirmed that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Detective Dan.
He revealed: “Joe and Ildy immediately got on the phone with me, to say, ‘Hey, here’s the news.
“‘If you still want to be part of us, we know how to do it respectfully, and not change the quality of what we’re creating.’”
The showrunners were equally surprised as the show’s legion of fans when Netflix announced the news last year.
Dan’s death in the penultimate episode of season five complicated things further, as Alejandro was eager to be with the rest of the main cast when filming came to an end.
The star explained: “I wanted to be with these relationships and with these people to the very end, and now we weren’t anymore.
“And Joe and Ildy respected that, and thankfully they wanted me to be a part of it as well.”
Dan became even more of a fan favourite this time round thanks to an epic revenge prank orchestrated by his office rival, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis).
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His relationships with his daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) and angelic friend Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) also blossomed in the back half of season five.
Luckily, Modrovich and Henderson have assured viewers that Dan will indeed be butting heads with Lucifer one last time.
Alejandro explained: “So they found a gentle way to bring me back — not the way people are going to expect him to come back, and maybe not as a huge part of the show.
“But I got to be there for the end in some capacity. And that felt wonderful, to be able to finish out a full journey.”
The death of Dan Espinoza was the icing on the cake of what has been one of the biggest emotional rollercoasters of Lucifer’s five year history.
Unfortunately, it’s not yet known to what capacity Dan will be returning, as his fate was left hanging in the balance when Amenadiel was unable to find him in Heaven in the season finale.
The actor’s comments suggest he may be turning up for a brief cameo, but hopefully the damned Detective is able to make it out from Hell in time for one last goodbye with the rest of the team.
Lucifer Season 5, Part 2 is available to stream on Netflix.
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