Melissa Benoist Teases A “Fight For Lena’s Soul” In Supergirl Season 5

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Supergirl is hitting SDCC later this week, but star Melissa Benoist had a nice chat (and badass photo shoot) with Entertainment Weekly beforehand.

In the season four finale “The Quest For Peace”, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) killed her brother Lex (Jon Cryer). As he was dying, he told Lena that Kara (Benoist) is Supergirl and has been playing her for a fool the entire time. In the closing moments, she smashed a picture frame with her, Kara, and Alex (Chyler Leigh) in it. So it doesn’t look good for the best friends.

Talking with EW, Benoist teased what’s to come in season five in regard to Kara and Lena.

“This season’s going to be a fight for Lena’s soul. I was devastated that it was Lex Luthor that told her. That was such a shot in the heart to Lena, a character that my character loves so dearly. It was painful.”

Co-showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner also shared what to expect in season five. While season four was taking a look at refugees, immigration, and racism through the sci-fi lens, season five will be more about technology, especially with Lena.

Queller said, “Lena throws herself into a type of work that is going to increase people relying on tech rather than relying on humans who can hurt you. The way Lena found out about this lie definitely colors how things are going to unfold between [Kara and Lena].”

She called season five their Black Mirror season.

Rovner added, “What we’re looking at is how technology is impacting the way people engage and giving them an escape not to engage. It seems like nowadays, everyone is kind of on their phones or not really present, and so we wanted to speak to that and kind of how it might be hard to live in the ugliness of what’s going on, and how a character like Kara can try and help us overcome that. It speaks to a lot of the stuff the characters will be going through.”

Then, of course, there’s the mysterious organization known as Leviathan. They were pulling Lex’s strings through Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks). While there is an organization known as Leviathan in DC Comcis, don’t expect it to be the same on Supergirl.

“It’s an organization that tries to move the needle to protect the planet. Their agenda gets incorporated to our season, unbeknownst to the rest of our characters because nobody knows they’ve been working in the shadows forever. We were excited about this idea that even when we think Lex is acting alone, there are even people bigger than Lex, especially in our Black Mirror season,” Rovner said.

It looks like there’s going to be some major twists and turns in season five. Truthfully after the excellent run of episodes in season four, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Supergirl returns on Sunday, October 6th at 9/8c on the CW.

Bec Heim