The ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ finale is killing off a bunch of your favorite characters
Who’s on the chopping block in the finale?
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is all about reinvention.
The CW superhero series (which shares continuity with the rest of the Greg Berlanti-produced Arrow-verse) is constantly evolving, whether it’s in small ways episode-to-episode, as the time-traveling Legends adapt to life in different eras, or in massive ways season-to-season, as members of the team are replaced by new characters.
In between Season 1 and Season 2, Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) departed the team willingly (and amicably) to finally live a normal life with each other after vanquishing their nemesis Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).
They were then replaced by Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), from the Justice Society of America, and Citizen Steel (Nick Zano). But heading into the Season 2 finale, the Legends team is reeling from Amaya’s death at the hands of Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) after he used the Spear of Destiny to literally rewrite reality permanently – and then destroy the Spear so his actions can’t be undone.
Down one member and with no other option in sight, the Legends are going to have to break their one rule of time travel to try and fix their dystopian reality, no matter the cost, in "Aruba." And according to Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim, that cost is going to be high. So high, in fact, that Season 3 is going to have a whole bunch of new faces to make up for all the characters they’re killing off in the finale.
Mashable spoke to executive producer Guggenheim about what fans can expect to see from the Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 finale, why the rewritten reality didn’t affect the other three Arrow-verse shows and more.
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We’re betting Sara is safe.
After Amaya’s death in the penultimate hour, I’m extremely nervous for the Season 2 finale this week.
Yeah, I’m nervous too.
What made you decide against having this rewritten reality on Legends affect the other Arrow-verse shows? Would that have ventured too much into four-show crossover territory?
Yeah, part of it was that it would turn into a four-show crossover territory. One of the binds that is a result of having this shared universe is, just like with Flashpoint [on The Flash] — which was resolved in enough time that you could imagine Arrow Season 5 took place after Flash 301 — the consequences of what happened in the finale are relatively contained to Legends. One of the things we’re always mindful of is that we love the interconnectivity between the shows but at the same time, we don’t want to obligate anyone to watch three other shows if they only like one of the shows. So for us, apart from the annual crossover which is obviously very interconnected, with the crossovers and easter egg moments, those are really designed to go past the casual viewer but have some payoff for the fan who is watching more than one of the shows.
How did having a shorter order of episodes affect the story that you wanted to tell this season?
23 episodes like we do on Arrow is very hard. It’s hard to maintain that sense of pace and urgency over 23 episodes. But 17 episodes is much more comfortable from a storytelling perspective. I do think it shows in the storytelling because we feel it in the writers’ room. Yeah, short orders! Let’s do it.
Does that mean you want shorter orders for all the Arrow-verse shows, even Arrow?
Oh yeah. A thousand percent. I don’t think it will ever happen, but yes. As a writer, I would certainly not complain. It definitely helps. With Arrow, one of the things that we’re experimenting with like with the B story in Season 5 is we had the Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman) storyline at the beginning of the season that gave an identity to the first five episodes of the season. That was a little different from the longer arc of Prometheus (Josh Segarra). That’s a long way of saying that one of the things we’re trying to experiment with on Arrow is doing these mini-arcs in service of the larger 23-episode story that allows you to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end that isn’t necessarily 23 episodes long. Maintaining that intensity over 23 episodes is not easy.
Looking at the Legends finale, I have to ask: why the title "Aruba?" That just makes me think the Legends are finally getting a nice deserved vacation in Aruba after everything they’ve gone through but I feel like that’s probably not what’s going to happen …
[Laughs] You know, I’ll say this: "Aruba’s" really a reference to a line from the season premiere where Rory [Dominic Purcell] basically wants to take a vacation to Aruba. That’s a theme that recurs throughout the finale. I don’t want to spoil whether or not they actually get to Aruba but the notion of Aruba does inform a lot of the story in the finale.
Going into the finale, things have never looked bleaker for the Legends, since they just watched Amaya die right in front of their eyes. Who out of the team is taking her loss the hardest?
Particularly Rory who correctly feels responsible and Nate who was very much in love with her. I’ll say that Nate’s feelings for Amaya aren’t just a character turn. They do play a pivotal role in the plot.
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What does Amara’s death mean for the future Vixen, Mari?
What does this mean for her destiny as Vixen, and Mari (Megalyn E.K.), her granddaughter, who also becomes Vixen? Has that destiny essentially been erased with Amaya’s death?
It definitely is problematic. I would say that we will very definitively answer that question in the finale. How’s that sound?
Sounds like you didn’t answer the question but still teased it like an expert!
What is the one rule of time travel the Legends say they have to break now that they said they’d never break?
Back in the pilot, we established the rule that our Legends could never go back in time to a period that they’d already participated in. So we’ve been living with this rule now for two full seasons. One of our intentions going into Season 2 was, like with Ghostbusters saying, "never cross the streams," we knew at some point at the end of the season we wanted to get our Legends to a position where they had to cross the streams.
Obviously breaking this one rule of time travel is going to have some pretty bad consequences in terms of the timeline, but just how bad are we talking here?
I would say so bad as to hopefully put to bed the notion that this is something that they’re ever going to want to attempt again. And I’ll also say that Amaya is not the only Legend we kill off. There’s quite a few deaths in the finale.
Quite a few?!
Yeah. [That’s why] you’re going to see some new faces next season. There’s definitely some consequences to what the Legends are attempting.
What are you most excited to explore in Season 3?
The thing that is most exciting is this year, the headline of Season 2 is, we figured out what the show is and what the best version of the show is. What’s fun about Season 3 is we are doubling down on the insanity. All the things that make the show great, we’re really leaning into them and playing to our strengths.
The Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The CW.