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DC TV Watch: 'Legends of Tomorrow' Finale Says Goodbye to Original Member
Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means. Note: Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow did not air new episodes this week.
Legends of Tomorrow season two finale
Fatal finale | After last week's penultimate season two episode saw the death of Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Legends of Tomorrow ended up killing almost every single Legend in the finale. But it was all for the greater good, since the Legends broke the one rule of time travel and went back to the time period they had already participated in to get the Spear of Destiny from their past selves, making sure it never fell into the hands of the Legion of Doom. And that also meant they were going into this finale mission knowing that they'd essentially be erasing themselves from the timeline if they were successful. Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) killed some of the future Legends during their mission, but in the end, Sara (Caity Lotz) used the Spear to rewrite reality so that in the new reality, the Spear didn't have any powers. She also brought Black Flash to Reverse-Flash, and the demon erased Thawne from the timeline. Satisfied that she helped defeat the Legion of Doom, last remaining "future" Legend Sara was erased from the timeline, allowing the past versions of the Legends to live on. It was a bittersweet ending, knowing that "our" version of the Legends all died, but they sacrificed themselves to fix their earlier mistakes. It was a move on par with Snart's (Wentworth Miller) season one sacrifice, just on a larger scale.
Lance sisters reunite | When Sara used the Spear to rewrite reality, the Spear tried to prey on her dark desires of getting revenge on Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) for killing her sister Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Fans were treated to a long-anticipated Lance sisters reunion when the Spear took the form of Laurel for a peaceful night hanging on the couch with Sara. While Sara immediately realized what was happening, that it was all in her mind and not really Laurel, she still took her time to revel in the moment of seeing her sister alive again. But instead of using the Spear to bring her sister back to life, she didn't mess with the timeline and avoided giving in to temptation. That action showed just how far Sara has come since her time on Arrow, giving up her own happiness and finally coming to terms with her sister's death.
Another goodbye | While Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) survived the season two finale, the original team leader still ended up leaving the Legends. Having seen just how much better the team operates with Sara as their leader instead of him, Rip decided to see just how much the team could accomplish without him on it at all. Sara allowed him to use the Waveriders to jump ship to go ... well, somewhere else. There's no telling where he'll be going or when he'll be back, but executive producer Marc Guggenheim promises that he will be back. “We’ve got plans for Rip for next year,” Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “It’s just in a different capacity than him being a member of the team.”
A big season three problem | But Rip left too soon. The team is going to need all hands on deck when the show returns for season three (either this fall or winter). When the Legends tried to time-travel to Aruba in the present for a much-deserved vacation, they were shocked to find themselves knocked off course by a time storm caused by them meeting their past selves. They landed in Los Angeles 2017, but dinosaurs were roaming the streets of Central City with a skyline populated by futuristic buildings that definitely don't exist in the real present. According to Sara, the Legends "broke time." And without their experienced time-traveling former team member Rip, they have no idea how to fix it. Fans will have to wait a long time to learn why this broken timeline isn't affecting the other three Arrow-verse shows, though (AKA don't expect dinosaurs to start showing up on The Flash anytime soon).
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Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.