UPDATED: Supergirl Finale: What That Big Cliffhanger Means for a Possible Season 2
Spoilers for Supergirl's season finale follow!
Last night, the first season of Supergirl ended with a suicide mission, an eleventh-hour save, and finally a cliffhanger, as a Kryptonian pod with an unknown entity inside landed on Earth. According to the producers, this character will play a big role in the possible second season. But how likely is that to happen? And who the heck is in that pod?
As of now, Supergirl seems fairly likely to get renewed. It was touch-and-go there for a while, since the ratings kept falling, but the ratings have never been bad, and the Flash crossover gave it a huge bump. The ratings for the finale haven't been released yet, and if the Flash viewers didn't keep tuning in, that might change things. But the fact that the producers were willing to end on a straight-up cliffhanger is a good sign, and probably means that we can expect good news when CBS releases its final decision next month.
The ratings for the finale have been released, and they dropped a tenth to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 bracket, the lowest for that demographic for the season. This doesn't look good, but still isn't the deciding factor.
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Plus, the producers are still talking about season two as if it's a given. Andrew Kreisberg told EW that the character in the pod will be "an important character, [who will] play an important role in season 2," and wouldn't quite confirm that the character is going to be from the comics (although it obviously will be), but went on to say that the reveal of who it is will "definitely shake things up for season 2."
But who is in the pod? Some have speculated that Kara is getting a new pet, as most of the other Kryptonian characters in the comics are animals (Streaky the Supercat is particularly associated with the character), but this seems a little silly. Since the show has such a strong focus on strong female characters and relationships between women, it could also be the relatively obscure character Kristin Wells, an older woman warrior referred to as the "third Kryptonian" who was traveling through space when Krypton was destroyed. But we have our fingers crossed for Power Girl, who is rumored to make an appearance on The Flash.
But since it was a cliffhanger, there's also a good chance that it could be a villain. Brainiac immediately comes to mind as an extraterrestrial villain, although considering that Project Cadmus was introduced this season, next season's villain may be connected to cloning:
We've been discussing the big bad of season 2; Cadmus may or may not be related to that. The hunt for Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) will definitely be part of season 2.
In the comics, Cadmus was most notably responsible for the creation of Superboy, who was made from Superman and Lex Luthor's DNA. But cloning generally opens up a whole host of possibilities, including evil clones of any of the main characters, which could be fun. And since the project is already holding Jeremiah Danvers hostage, it's possible that he will be genetically engineered into a villain, which would be extremely difficult for Kara and Alex, and would open up lots of dramatic storylines.
We can expect news on Supergirl's renewal or cancellation in May.