Still reeling from that shocking twist in last night’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? Well, join the club. We’re devastated just thinking about the death of our favorite Leonard Snart. The self-proclaimed bad guy sacrificed himself to save his team, dying the most heroic death possible.
For us this death came out of the blue, surely they wouldn’t kill off this special fan favorite?! But the creator of Arrow/Flash/Legends Greg Berlanti – undoubtedly the busiest man on TV – reveals that Leonard’s fate, as ironic as it sounds, was destiny. “We always knew that he wouldn’t be a permanent member of The Waverider,” he told Deadline in his most recent interview. “We also knew we loved him on the show and all the shows, Flash as well.”
That sounds like a goodbye, a eulogy to our beloved snarky thief. But fret not! Fortunately for all those Snart lovers out there, Wentworth Miller is not going anywhere. Sure, Leonard has passed on Legends of Tomorrow, but Berlanti promises, he is not gone forever. While not an active member of Rip’s team, Leonard “will have a very active role on the show”.
And isn’t that the beauty of Legends? You have the element of time travel, so no one is really gone. Having no firm set of characters can be used to the show’s advantage. “One of joys and advantages is that it allows us to change in success who is on The Waverider and not,” says Berlanti. “Flash and Arrow are very much about building one team, while there is an anthology element to Legends.”
What’s special about Miller’s status in the DCTVU is that his contract is “the first contract not applicable to just one show.” So Snart is not bound to just one show, but he will be featured in several of Berlanti’s shows over the next year. Could this potentially include Supergirl, which just made the switch to the CW? This first try at a fully united TV universe opens up new possibilities. Berlanti seems optimistic, stating that “in success we hope to continue with other characters finding their way across all the shows.”
But what are DC’s Legends up to for season two? Will they continue to battle the dire Vandal Savage? Will they return to Star and Central City and live happily ever after? Yeah no, we didn’t believe that for a second. Berlanti sheds some light on what to expect next season: “There will be new teammates, a new big bad. Mixing and matching things is part of the fun of the show.”
New teammates? Sign us up. A new villain? YES PLEASE. As long as we get Leonard Snart in some shape or form, we won’t be able to quit Berlanti’s world just yet. And the prospect of seeing even more DC characters come to life keeps us on our toes.
Don’t miss the season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Thursday May 19 at 8/7 ct on The CW.