Note: This post will contain spoilers for Black Lightning‘s season two premiere.
Black Lightning return last night. In the show’s tradition, it was not holding back any punches from the fallout of the season one finale.
You can read our recap here, but we’ll give you a quick rundown for a refresher.
Freeland’s reeling from the discovery of the pods and the experiments. Jefferson (Cress Williams) has stepped down from Garfield High. Anissa (Nafessa Williams) is robbing drug dealers in order to help her community. Lynn (Christine Adams) is working for the ASA. Jennifer’s (China Anne McClain) powers are going out of control. Plus we have whatever is in that suitcase Tobias (Krondon) has now.
With all this madness going on, one of the premieres quieter moments has the biggest impact going forward. Deputy Chief Henderson (Damon Gupton) figured out what Jefferson is Black Lighting and that Anissa is Thunder.
Definitely going to make things awkward between these friends.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Salim Akil talked about this revelation and how Henderson is processing things.
“He’s pissed. You can imagine I wanted to deal with it from a real place. He’s trying to deal with it emotionally because he doesn’t know he feels about [it]. Well, he did know how he felt about Black Lightning. In the first season, it’s kind of like, ‘I like you. [If] I don’t, I’ll shoot.’ Now that it’s his friend, you know, he’s hurt, and I wanted to play those emotions. So, that’s what you’ll see — them trying to repair their relationship. “
As to working with the vigilantes, well sometimes the new Deputy Chief won’t have a choice.
“As far as the knowledge of Black Lightning and Thunder, he’s occasionally going to need their help, and they’re somebody he can trust. So, that’s how it plays out.”
Black Lightning airs Tuesdays 9/8c on the CW.
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