‘Lucifer’: Lesley-Ann Brandt on Maze’s Major Turn in Season 5 (Exclusive)

Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched the first eight episodes of Lucifer season 5.
Lucifer’s evil twin brother wreaked havoc on season 5 — but was it ultimately the devil himself who did the most damage?

The Netflix drama returned for the first half of its fifth season on Friday, with star Tom Ellis pulling double duty — as Lucifer’s twin, Michael, returned to Earth in his place, ready to shake up the mortal realm as well as his brother’s family and friends.

But that, of course, wasn’t the only surprise in store for the fallen angel’s inner circle. In fact, it was actually Lucifer himself who dealt out the greatest betrayal to his longtime friend, Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), who, after suffering a “roller coaster” of emotions involving her ex, Eve, and her mother, Lilith, seemingly sides with Michael in 5A’s shocking finale — in exchange for his soul.
ET’s Katie Krause spoke with Brandt about her character’s journey through the first part of the season, and she explained that the demon will now be tasked with “finding her footing with Lucifer again.”
“It’s like, ‘Where do I stand now, knowing that for years you lied to me?'” she said of her character’s journey. “I think that relationship is definitely rocked. And then there are other relationships that are built on.”
While the cast is planning to return to set next month, under strict health and safety protocols, for their surprise sixth and final season — “Everyone wants to have a smooth shoot, so that we can then go off to have our last hurrah and see the show off appropriately” — Brandt’s getting candid about all things season 5A, and teasing what’s to come in the second half of the season. Read on for answers to your most pressing Mazikeen questions!
ET: Season 5A was quite an adventure. How did you feel about Maze’s journey?
Lesley-Ann Brandt: This year has been so fulfilling for me, as an artist and as the actress who’s been in [this character’s] skin for the last five years. I think this is our best season yet, and I think particularly for Mazikeen, you get to learn so much more about what makes her her. Going on this journey with her heartbreak, and then the mommy issues, and then the relationship stuff with her and Lucifer and them teaming up. And then the betrayal and then the fight, it’s a lot jam-packed in eight episodes, for sure.
Let’s start with one of the biggest questions about those final moments: Is Maze really Team Michael right now?
I think he’s a means to an end for her. I think when you have been pushed aside by people that you love or care about — in her case, with Lucifer, time and time again — when you are not a consideration when they make decisions but they have always been for you when you make decisions, for the most part, I think everyone has their limits and I think Mazikeen has gotten to that point where it’s like, listen, I need to sulk. This is the means to an end.
She definitely does not want to hurt her friends, but there’s a betrayal between these two that is just so hard for her to get over… And it’s just this kind of roller coaster ride, the hurt, the anger, the pain and the acceptance.

What do you think was the breaking point for her?
It starts with the fact that he left her. And you see that in the beginning of the season. They had a giant fight in season 2, where she thought he was going to leave without her… and he promises, he’s like, “I never meant to hurt you, I would never do that to you,” and then he does. I think that’s a very hard betrayal to get over for her and I’m not sure, going into season 6, if I’m honest, that they ever come back to where they were. I don’t know.
Even at the end of this season, the other eight episodes, they’re definitely in each other’s lives, but I think her focus now is building her life for her.
Even if that means potentially losing Chloe (Lauren German) as a friend?

I think so. I think there comes a point where, when you are constantly outputting and giving to people and giving your energy to them– I think a lot of strong characters and a lot of strong women, like Maze, people think you can handle so much, but th…