“Lucifer” Season 2 brings a lot of questions such as is Lilith the name of the mother of Lucifer Morningstar? And did Mazikeen purposely help “mom” escape the gates of Hell? The show’s executive producer Joe Henderson believes so and tells TV Line how the situation came about.
In the show’s season finale aired last April entitled “Take me Back to Hell,” it showed Lucifer (Tom Ellis) gasping for life after he was shot by Malcolm Graham (Kevin Rankin) and as he was gasping for life, Lucifer would call on “Dad” and proposed a bargain that he will go back to his duties in Hell in exchange for the safety of both Chloe Decker (Lauren German) and her daughter Beatrice, nicknamed “Trixie” (Scarlett Estevez). As this was taking place, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) was also shot and had to be attended by Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt).
When “Dad” granted Lucifer his request he was seen back in Hell and immediately came back to Los Angeles and had the cliff-hanging conversation with his brother, Amenadiel. Henderson explained that viewers should read between the lines when Mazikeen vanished after helping Amenadiel, she was having an identity crisis and what way to get through the thick of things by helping Lucifer’s mom, Lilith, escape.
“I will say this: It was a very conscious decision not to have Maze there. You should definitely read into that. She sacrificed her most driving desire to save, of all things, an angel. I don’t think she understands why she did it. To me, Maze is sort of the youngest emotionally of our characters, Lucifer included. Lucifer is the eternal teenager, she is a more the…eternal mean girl,” Henderson said.
Now, most of the mythology concept of Lucifer’s mom states that her name is Asherah, but in researching through the comics the only maternal figure in the series is that of Lilith, who is considered as the first woman. In Jewish folklore, Lilith was created from the same dust that was used in creating the first man, Adam. It is said that Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden.
Her countless relations with men gave her army of offspring known as the Lilim and here comes the name of Mazikeen, who is one of the eldest and becomes the leader of the Lilim later in the comics. It is not known yet if this angle will also be explored as the show moves on.
Henderson has stated that they have little information about the character of Lucifer’s mom as the comics speak less of her. He is hoping that combining both comics and mythology, they would be able to create the character needed for the show.
“That is one of the mysteries that we dive into. In the comics and common mythology, it’s really not something that’s been established, so this is us doing a little world building. This is us taking a step and exploring the answer to a question a lot of people never asked and staking our own claim. There are a lot of directions we can go and we’ve chosen one that we’re really excited about,” Henderson explains.
Henderson further states that the actress who will embody the character of Lucifer’s mom will for sure have the pressure on her shoulders as she has to be able to act a very stone-cold character. But at the same time a charmer and who could easily intimidate other characters on the show especially that of Ellis and Woodside.
The show can also make a follow on with that of “Supernatural” wherein they introduced the character Lilith with Katherine Boecher playing the role in a very convincing way, because in the series’ season finale entitle “Lucifer Rising,” Sam kills Lilith under the impression that her death will prevent the final seal from breaking, and in doing so inadvertently breaks the final seal, releasing Lucifer. It would be something to ponder upon.
“Lucifer” Season 2 comes back to the small screen this fall only on Fox.
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