'Legends of Tomorrow' Boss Reveals How Finale Sets Up Season 2

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim talks with THR about how the cast will see some shake-ups next season.
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One way or another, The CW's Legends of Tomorrow is going to wrap up the story of Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) in Thursday's season one finale.

Although the immortal tyrant has repeatedly proven that he cannot be stopped by the team aboard Rip Hunter's (Arthur Darvill) Waverider, executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Savage storyline will be exclusive to season one. He also reveals that the first season finale will set up the new season "in two very clear ways."

"As we promised, the season finale gives you a very clear, definitive end to the story of Vandal Savage," Guggenheim says. "At the same time, the epilogue makes two pretty big moves. One is a statement and the other is a move that tells you where we'll be heading in season two."

What does that mean for the rookie drama's star-studded cast of heroes? Will the entire cast return for season two, or will there be a new team of Legends aboard the Waverider?

"We've always said that the show has an anthology element to it. By that, we mean that the cast will have a certain amount of rotation to it," Guggenheim says. "It's designed to not be a complete reset of the entire cast every year. But at the same time, there will be a little bit of change so that things always feel fresh. At the same time, it will always have a different mission statement and a nemesis. Each season does and should feel different from the one that came before it."

One face that will be around a lot less next season will be Wentworth Miller. The actor has been downgraded from series regular to recurring after Captain Cold was last seen sacrificing himself to save partner Heat Wave in last week's penultimate episode. Instead, Miller will cycle through several of the DC TV shows as a series regular in the Arrow-verse, recurring on Legends, Arrow and The Flash

"We've got a very unique opportunity here, where we're telling three different stories across three different shows that all take place in the same universe," Guggenheim says. "One of the things we find to be unique about our little franchise is the fact that different characters, like they do in the comic books, can jump from series to series to series. Wentworth was a real mensch and a team player to be willing to make the kind of deal that would allow for that hopping back and forth. It's not the way things are typically done in television. Typically, people make deals for only one show. But we're branching out and trying to be pioneers. Wentworth was kind enough to be a pioneer with us."

And Miller might just be beginning.

"We've started to talk about bringing others [from Arrow and The Flash] on," Guggenheim says. "We've got some pretty good ideas for the season premiere already. It's this shared universe. We always say some cross-pollination among all the characters across all three shows makes the universe feel lived in and makes it feel like a shared universe. It's always a great deal of fun for us to do it and we've got some notions."

He continues, "In the season finale, you'll see a character from Arrow pop up. We're always cross-pollinating and that's incredibly satisfying for us. We love doing that not just because it's a fun, cool thing that a lot of shows can't do, but also because that is exactly the way the comics do things."

Just because Legends introduced a comic book character in one episode of season one, don't expect to never see that character again going forward. The Legends producers are already figuring out ways to bring back characters they loved writing this season.

"We've definitely had conversations along those lines," Guggenheim says. "I'm not prepared to say who that is going to be just yet. And it's all dependent on availability."

Although, when pressed, Guggenheim did reveal the writers are trying to figure out a way to bring back the Western anti-hero Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech)

"Johnathon did an absolutely spectacular job and we're all just dying to have him back on the show," Guggenheim says. "Just the other day in the writers room we were kicking around a really cool way to get him back on the show. We love that character, we love Johnathon's interpretation of that character, but we don't have a specific episode in mind. But in my mind, it's not a question of if, it's a question of when."

The Legends of Tomorrow season one finale airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on The CW.