Spoilers ahead for tonight's DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
This week's DC's Legends of Tomorrow season finale is giving a proverbial finale to two key characters, while making room for two - and possibly more.
In this week's season finale, Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) literally flew off into the sunset after completing their 4,000 year mission to kill Vandal Savage. According to Deadline, this ends the Hawkgirl actress's time as a season regular; Hentschel's Hawkman was used intermittently in season one as a recurring guest star.
“We went through the team, made a list of all the characters and started to think of stories for them. When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories," said series co-creator and executive producer Marc Guggenheim. "The bow was tied so tightly and neatly with their story in the finale, that everything we thought of felt very forced. After 4000 years, they were no longer under the specter of Vandal, and we felt they need some time off. Bringing them back to the team as soon as the the beginning of Season 2 felt premature.”
Ironically, even with the Hawks moving on, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the team they’ve most associated with – the Justice Society of America – will be a big part of season 2 of the series. Hourman appeared on the Waverider on Thursday’s season-ender, warning the team of a possible future.
The season finale introduced Rex Tyler, a.k.a. Hourman (Patrick J. Adams), preluding the JSA as a major factor in season 2.
"With his final words in the finale, he planted a pretty deep flag about where we're headed in season two, which is not just introducing Hourman but introducing his teammates in the Justice Society of America," executive producer Marc Guggenheim told THR. "For comic book fans, everyone knows the Justice Society is really the precursor to the Justice League, so it's a pretty big move in our DC universe here on TV."
"God bless both the studio and the network. They've never said, 'This is too big. You can't do it,'" Guggenheim continued. "They have often said, 'Jeez, this is so big, how are you going to do it?' They say that a lot. They're always asking us how the hell we're going to pull something off. Inevitably, our answer is, 'We literally have no idea. But we'll figure out a way.'"
Guggenheim also hinted that season two's big villain is going to raise the stakes for the Legends team.
"The season two big bad is actually not going to be the [alien race of] Thanagarians," Guggenheim said. "It's going to be something else entirely. All I'll really say about the nemesis in season two is Vandal Savage looks like a walk in the park compared to what the Legends will be facing. This will be a much, much bigger threat. I'm going to leave it at that because when we do reveal it, it's going to be pretty big. People will be asking, 'Vandal who?' once they get the full picture of what our team is up against. It's going to be way bigger than what you can even imagine, I can guarantee it."
Finally, the season finale also marked the first appearance of another character whose adventures took place during World War II - Sgt. Rock.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow was renewed earlier this year for a second season in the fall, where it will air alongside The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.