Merritt Yohnka: Lucifer season 5 finale pays tribute to crew member with finale title card

Merritt Yohnka: Lucifer season 5 finale pays tribute to crew member with finale title card

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WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Lucifer season 5B on Netflix.

The season five finale of Lucifer could not have been a more monumental occasion as Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) faced off against twin brother Michael (also Ellis) for the top spot of God. After their father (Dennis Haysbert) had stepped down, the bickering twin brothers faced off in a bone-crushing battle to see who would emerge as his successor. And the finale also had extra significance as it was dedicated to the show’s late stunt coordinator, Merritt Yohnka.

Born on April 1, 1958, Yohnkha sadly passed away aged 62 on September 16, 2020.

The Emmy-winning stunt coordinator had worked on Lucifer for the best part of three years, lending his skills behind the scenes since the season three opener, They’re Back, Aren’t They?

His CV also included stunt work on fellow Netflix Original series Love, Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars and the action-packed blockbuster Taken 3.

At the time of his death, several of Lucifer’s cast and crew paid tribute to Yohnka, including fellow stuntman Simon Rhee.

“Rest well in Heaven my good friend Merritt,” he penned on Instagram. “Just wanted to tell you again how much we all love you!”

Several of Yohnka’s fans also paid tributes of their own at the time after hearing the said news.

On Twitter, one fan wrote: “#merritt yohnka rest in peace you were loved.”

Jason Voorhees actor Kane Hodder, best known for portraying the horror character in the franchise of the same name, also paid tribute: “Very sad day, today. 

“Lost a good buddy this morning. Merritt Yohnka was a talented stuntman/stunt coordinator with whom I worked on many, many occasions. Lots of fun memories. Love you, man…”

While another added: “Saddened to hear about the death of Merritt Yohnka. 

“Stunt performers rarely get their credit, and he was a veteran who made so many shows look good.”

Lucifer paid a tribute of its own with a title card after season five, episode 16, titled A Chance At a Happy Ending which simply read: “In memory of Merrit Yohnka. 1958-2020.”

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The season five finale itself was full of unexpected twists and turns as it was finally revealed Lucifer would take on the role as God.

Earlier in the series, his father had reunited with Lucifer and Amenadiel’s (DB Woodside) mother Charlotte (Tricia Helfer) and decided it was time to move on with her in a separate universe.

This sent Michael off on a back-stabbing and scheming mission to rally the rest of God’s children against Lucifer and land himself the top spot.

Eventually, it all boiled down to an action-packed face-off between Michael and his army of angels against Lucifer, Amenadiel, Chloe Decker (Lauren German) and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Eve’s (Inbar Levi) army of demons.

And Lucifer’s battle against his twin looked to be going off the rails thanks to the unexpected return of sister Azrael (Charlyne Yi) who distracted him to allow Michael to kill Chloe.

But in the ultimate test of sacrifice, Lucifer jetted to heaven using the immortality ring left Lilith to return Chloe to earth, meaning he’d be subject to eternity in hell.

Chloe’s returned to earth thanks to Lucifer handing her Lilith’s ring, heartbroken Lucifer had subjected himself to an eternity of hell and fire.

But inexplicably, Lucifer descended back to earth, declaring himself as God, slicing off Michael’s wings and cementing himself as the one true leader.

Lucifer seasons 4-5 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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