Therapy has always played an important role in “Lucifer,” and specifically, in the emotional and philosophical transformation that its titular character has undergone. Throughout the show’s 6 seasons, Lucifer goes through several major changes: he realizes he doesn’t want to be God, his priorities change, and he discovers that his true calling is helping other lost souls. His extreme transformation equips him with the self-confidence and tools necessary to help others and lets him shift his focus away from trying to ascend into Heaven.
Therefore, Lucifer becoming a therapist in the Season 6 finale is a perfect full-circle moment. It’s also something that “Lucifer” co-showrunner Joe Henderson recently told Collider that he and his collaborators thought of while they were planning the show’s original ending. “It was one of those things where we just started to realize, okay, well, what is, what is the culmination of this character? And it’s that Hell is a reflection of Lucifer,” Henderson explained. “When he was down there, he tortured himself and people tortured themselves. Lucifer now believes in redemption and so he is now getting Hell to reflect this. And there’s just something very beautiful about that thought.”
Henderson’s fellow “Lucifer” showrunner, Ildy Modrovich, added, “When we thought we were going to end in Season 5, we knew that it was not ever his destiny — it never felt right for him to be God. And what felt right is for him to give back what he learned. What his unique perspective was. He knows what it’s like to be the fallen one. He knows what it’s like to self-hate and to not feel like he’s worthy, and that was his superpower.” Modrovich concluded by saying that it “always felt right” that the show would end with Lucifer assuming the role of a therapist in the series.