Because I’m the only African-American cast-mate, you always feel an extraordinary amount of responsibility when dealing with storylines that pertain to race relations in our country, especially since they’re more obvious to more people now. ~ D.B. Woodside
Warning: This post contains spoilers from Lucifer S4.
n the season’s eighth episode, titled “Super Bad Boyfriend,” the angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), who is expecting a baby with Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris), wonders what fatherhood would be like and ends up mentoring a young black boy named Caleb (Denny Love), who is involved in Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe’s (Lauren German) latest case. Through this friendship, Amenadiel receives a sobering look at what it’s like to be black in America, something he’s never to confront before because race isn’t a thing in the Silver City, and it makes him question whether or not he wants to raise his son here.
“That was a great episode to do,” Woodside tells EW. “It was, I think, definitely one of my favorites.”
Woodside’s been eager to attempt a timely story like this ever since season 1 when he and Ellis were cast as brothers. Through conversations with Woodside and watching the rise of racist and bigoted rhetoric in the country, the writers recognized that Linda’s pregnancy opened them up to attempt something like this in the new season.