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CSI Ella Lopez and Detective Dan Espinoza’s spur-of-the-moment decision to hook up in Lucifer’s fourth season baffled a large portion of its viewers. As Netflix subscribers await the show’s return, one of the head writers has revealed the thought process behind the series’ most surprising pairing.
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Among all the twists and turns in the four and a half seasons of Lucifer so far, one short-lived romance in season four far outweighs them all.
As Ella Lopez (played by Aimee Garcia) loses her faith in God, Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro) is still wracked with guilt after the death of Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer).
Both of them at their lowest, they started a secretive affair in the episode Devil Is As Devil Does, stunning a number of the show’s fans.
Most agreed their fling was doomed from the start, but it was admittedly still quite compelling to watch the car crash unfold before they decided to call it off.
Unfortunately, Dan remained grief-stricken into season five, and Ella’s hunt for a new partner landed her directly into the lair of Pete Daily (Alexander Koch), aka the sadistic murderer dubbed the Whisper Killer.
Still, their steamy tangent in Netflix’s revival series mixed things up for those who were bored waiting for Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to finally get together.
While Dan and Ella remains one of the show’s strangest pairings, co-creator Joe Henderson revealed there was a good reason to explore this particular dynamic.
In an interview with AssignmentX, Henderson explained the brief romance occurred naturally as the writers explored this particular time in the characters’ lives.
He revealed: “It’s […] letting the characters tell you where they’re headed. A lot of this season was breaking those two characters, really challenging Ella’s faith in God, and really challenging Dan’s faith in himself.”
Dan especially has gone down a darker path with each instalment, even going so far as to shoot Lucifer point blank when he discovers his true identity as the devil in season five.
Luckily, the two office rivals were able to clear things up and Dan, convinced Lucifer is now on the side of good, managed to put their bickering aside – for now.
Ella’s optimism and relentless sense of humour may not feel like a natural complement to Dan’s surly self-seriousness, but the opportunity to explore the far-fetched pairing was too good an opportunity to miss.
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Henderson admitted: “So you had these two people who were really going through sh**, and around that episode, and also, we wanted them both to hook up with somebody.
“As we were talking about it, we were like, Why not see what happens?’”
Fans will know the relationship didn’t last long but, nevertheless, Henderson, co-showrunner Ildy Modrovich and the writers team still found their liaisons a rewarding process.
He went on: “We started exploring it, and we found it to be surprisingly rich. Normally, you want one of them with a supernatural, and you get the one foot in either world.”
“But what we realized is, by having the two normal people find solace in each other, what you actually got was a really nice, cool angle to play, and emotionality to hit.”
With Goddess/Charlotte Richards’ return to the show still in question, Dan could finally get out of his slump before Lucifer wraps up its sixth and final season.
Hopefully the same can be said for Ella, though she still has a long road to recovery after her horrific experience with the sinister serial killer, Pete Daily.
Lucifer Season 5, Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.
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