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Lucifer: All Rules On Traveling To Earth From The Afterlife Explained

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Lucifer season 6.

Much of the story of Lucifer season 6 involves traveling between Earth and the afterlife, codifying the show's confusing cosmology. Like Lucifer Morningstar himself, the Netflix series has been reluctant in explaining many of its rules beyond "God said so." Yet the new season introduces some wrinkles that indirectly confirm some long-held beliefs regarding the circumstances under which mortals and celestials can travel between realms.

The main plot of Lucifer season 6 centers upon the former Ruler of Hell (Tom Ellis) as he prepares to ascend the throne of Heaven and take over his father's job of governing the universe. As the season opens, Lucifer is planning out his last few days on Earth as he tidies up his affairs, while secretly worrying that the new job might change him and ruin his newfound romance with Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). The plans are put on hold, however, after Lucifer is confronted by a murderous new angel (Brianna Hildebrand) who is out for his head.

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The rest of the ensemble have their own problems born of the other side to cope with in Lucifer season 6. Chief among these are Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Eve (Inbar Lavi) finding their new relationship challenged when Eve's husband, Adam, returns to Earth to try and win his wife back, while Maze faces her own ascension issues regarding becoming Hell's new Warden. All of these subplots help to further spell out the rules regarding how various beings can travel between Heaven, Hell, and Earth.

As the celestial children of God and the Goddess, angels are employed as their father's direct agents and have carte blanche to travel anywhere their duties require them to go, be it in Heaven, on Earth, or in Hell. This has been shown repeatedly throughout the series, as other angels besides Lucifer have come to Earth and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) traveled to Hell on several occasions to keep the peace in Lucifer's absence. The angel Gabriel, as the Angel of Messages, has even more liberty than her brother and sister archangels, and is capable of traveling to other dimensions, such as the reality created by the Goddess. Only the direct word of God can prevent an angel from going someplace, which was why Lucifer was able to travel to Earth from Hell at his leisure, but could not return to Heaven without risking destruction.

While the original Lucifer comics featured many beings collectively known as demons, the demons of the Netflix Lucifer series are all members of the Lilim, a demonic race born of Adam's first wife, Lilith, who gave them to Lucifer in the hopes that he would turn them into an army that might challenge God for control of the universe. Instead, Lucifer employed them as both the actors who populated the Hell-Loops that tormented various damned souls, and the torturers who took a more direct hand in dealing with Hell's inmates. The demons of Lucifer are forbidden from manifesting on Earth except by possessing the bodies of recently deceased humans, but Mazikeen noted that Lucifer had outlawed the practice centuries earlier. The fact that the demons who rebelled against Lucifer's rule in season 4 continued to inhabit dead bodies rather than coming to Earth themselves suggested that demons have no other ability to travel between realms through their own power.

As the only demon shown to be living on Earth in Lucifer, Mazikeen (Maze to her friends) deserves special mention. Maze was brought to Earth by Lucifer when he first abandoned his position as the Warden of Hell. She existed as a physical being and was capable of appearing human, though she could manifest her true demonic face at will. Maze also confirmed that demons have no innate power to travel between realms, as she asked both Lucifer and his brother Amenadiel to take her back to Hell on several occasions after she had become sick of life on Earth.

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The Goddess is another notable exception to the standard rules of Hell, having been depowered and condemned to Hell by God. The Goddess later escaped and took refuge in the body of deceased attorney Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer) in Lucifer season 2. This would seem to contradict Lucifer's statement in the Lucifer season 3 episode "Off the Record" that only those mortal souls who felt they deserved to be punished went to Hell, but the Goddess, even in a depowered state, was not strictly mortal. Technicalities aside, the Goddess proved capable of leaving Hell and mimicking the demonic power of possession.

Curiously, deceased mortal souls seem to have some ability to travel between realms. While this fits with what Lucifer said about Hell-Loops and nobody being forced to stay in Hell, it contradicts Amenadiel's reports of fighting damned souls trying to escape from Hell while doing Lucifer's job during Lucifer season 1. In any case, it was later confirmed that mortal souls could possess deceased human bodies like demons in the Lucifer season 3 episode "Infernal Guinea Pig," when Lucifer placed the soul of Abel, the first murder victim, into the body of a young woman, as part of a misguided scheme to help break the curse on Cain. While Abel didn't notice he was in a woman's body and spent most of his time on Earth convinced he was still in a Hell-Loop, this still suggested that mortal spirits could also take over deceased human bodies in the same manner as demons.

The violent death of Detective Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro) in Lucifer season 5 was one of the series' most powerful moments. Dan returned in Lucifer season 6, having been granted the closest thing to paradise Lucifer could arrange in Hell until Dan freed himself from his guilt. Dan later came to Earth with the assistance of Brianna Hildebrand's rogue angel, only to discover that he was a completely intangible ghost who was invisible to living mortals. To make matters worse, Lucifer said that he couldn't return Dan to Hell, since his ability to touch human souls only worked in Hell. Later, Dan discovered that he had the power to possess living people, as he was able to briefly take control of the body of his murderer after he had escaped from prison.

The character of Eve was introduced in Lucifer Season 4, where she was revealed to be Lucifer's first love. Having grown bored with Heaven and trying to be the perfect wife to Adam, Eve returned to Earth and was reportedly reborn into a physical body that resembled her original youthful appearance from when she was first created. Eve was reportedly the first mortal to ever leave Heaven, marking her as something notable until Adam followed after her in Lucifer season 6, seeking to win her back. Adam also had a physical presence on Earth, suggesting that any mortal who wished to leave Heaven to return to Earth might be allowed to do so. However, with Heaven being, well, heavenly, it never occurred to anyone to try leaving until Eve did it.

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