Back in August during the Television Critics Association press tour, Andrew Kreisberg, one of the executive producers of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow announced that a character on one of those shows will be coming out this season. He gave no indication as to which show or character, just that the character will “be exploring their sexuality and coming out.” Greg Berlanti, executive producer and creator of all four shows explained that they “want the audience to enjoy the character developments and not necessarily be ahead of the storyline” but did say that it was a “significant character.”
The news had fans immediately speculating as to who the character was and had it narrowed down to Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) on The Flash, Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) on Supergirl, or Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) on Supergirl. With the addition of openly gay detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) as a series regular on Supergirl, it started to look like Alex was the right pick. In Maggie’s first appearance in episode three “Welcome to Earth”, it was clear that Alex and Maggie had a lot of chemistry and a great rapport that fans immediately picked up on.
During EW’s Popfest over the weekend, Berlanti talked about the chemistry between Alex and Maggie and said, “If people suspected chemistry, they’ve got good instincts… I love that people are already really invested in their dynamic. If they are, they’ll hopefully continue to be really pleased.” Berlanti made it clear that he wouldn’t spoil the storyline so something like this is as much confirmation as we’re likely to get, and I’m taking it.
After last night’s episode, there is no doubt in my mind that the significant character who is coming out is Alex. The acting choices Chyler Leigh is making coupled with the writing and directing of episode 3 and 4 make it clear to me that they are setting Alex up to be queer and most likely putting her and Maggie Sawyer together. Granted, during last night’s episode, I saw chemistry between several different characters that would fit the “significant character” bill, but Alex seems to be the most likely choice. The end of the episode revealed that Maggie is seeing someone, but instead of letting that blow holes in my ship, I’m taking it and running with it. Alex’s reaction to Maggie’s girlfriend was enough to make me think that if she doesn’t realize she’s interested in Maggie, she will soon.
If you’re a straight woman who reacts like this to finding out someone you invited out for drinks “as a friend” is seeing someone, I have news for you.
As per usual, fan reaction is mixed but seems to be generally positive. However if you go on the official Supergirl Facebook page, the homophobia is out in full force. Many people are bringing up Max Lord (Peter Facinelli), who Alex went on a “date” with to gather information for the DEO. Alex makes a point this season to mention that she hasn’t been on a date in two years, which means she doesn’t count Lord.
I’m really excited to see where Alex and Maggie’s storyline goes, it’s looking like a nice, angsty, slow burn, which is always fun. There’s a large part of me hoping that maybe Alex is queer but not who we get the coming out story with. So far, Alex isn’t reacting like a “straight” woman realizing she’s interested in women for the first time, she’s acting more like someone comfortable with the idea. So they’re either subverting that trope, giving someone else the coming out, or we just haven’t seen the classic freak out yet.
Supergirl airs on The CW on Monday nights at 8 pm EST.
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