Spoilers ahead for this week's episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
This week's episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow proved that the show isn't afraid to shake things up, even early on. In the episode, the second part of the show's pilot, villain Vandal Savage kills Falk Hentschel's Hawkman with and Egyptian ceremonial dagger, leaving the team down a member, and Ciara Renee's Hawkgirl wondering where to go from here.
Marc Guggenheim, one of the show's executive producers, explained that the decision to kill Hawkman simply made sense.
“The first thing we were searching for was, how do we establish very quickly the stakes of the show, particularly when you have all these people who are so powerful? The idea of losing one of their own spoke to us very strongly,” Guggenheim told Variety. “It’s always a decision based on what’s gonna give us the most story, and the idea of Kendra losing the person who is helping guide her through this brand new experience of being a reincarnated hawk demigoddess, taking that support system away from her so that A: she’d have to deal with it and B: she’d have to lean on the other members of our team… that really spoke to us. We realized, as with all things, an idea comes up and if we start going ‘oh, then this can happen, and this can happen, and this…’ that’s when we know it’s the right idea.”
Of course, DC's Legends of Tomorrow is all about time travel, so there's a wrinkle in the death - one that means Hawkman as we know him could return to the show.
“You haven’t seen the last of Falk Hentschel,” Guggenheim explained. “I will say that in episode 3 we very clearly state that we can’t go back and just save Carter’s life. Because that would be way too convenient and also, quite frankly, completely vitiate the point of killing off a character in the first place. So we’re very clear about the rules.”
And then there's the little matter of the Hawks and reincarnation, something that means we might see other Hawkmen as well.
“The thing about Carter is, he doesn’t resurrect, he reincarnates, and when you reincarnate, you come back as a baby. You haven’t seen the last of Falk.”
Guggenheim was quick to allay other fears, however, promising, “At the same time, we’re not doing Hawkbaby on the show.”
DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday nights on CW.