Supergirl ended its Season 3 run on a bittersweet note last night when Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) former boyfriend Mon-El (Chris Wood) departed National City to return to the future with Winn (Jeremy Jordan) in tow. While we know Jordan will be back in a recurring capacity next year, it looks like it may be the end of the road for the former Prince of Daxam. At least for now.
Executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller opened up to TVLine about Mon-El’s trip back to the future in “Battles Lost and Won” and revealed whether fans can expect the character — who was first introduced back in Season 2 and became Kara's love interest — to pop up again in National City.
“The plan for Chris was always to have him on the show for two years,” said Rovner about Wood’s departure from the high-flying superhero series. “We’ve loved telling Mon-El’s story, as well as the story we’ve told for him and Kara. We hope the fans felt that it was a satisfying conclusion.”
“They both have destinies in different times as heroes,” Queller added about Mon-El leaving. “What they did was the sort-of Casablanca decision of putting what’s most important to them — which is saving the world — first. It’s a little bittersweet that one destiny is to be a hero in this time and one’s destiny is to run the Legion in another time, but I think they grew a lot from knowing one another. They have respect for one another, and they have a respect for the decisions they respectively made.”
Even though Mon-El won’t be back for Season 4, it doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of the Legion of Super-Heroes team member. In fact, the door is open for Wood to return if the story warrants it. “We love working with Chris, so we’d love to have Mon-El back someday if the story takes us there and if Chris is available,” Rovner concluded.
While we’ll be losing Mon-El for Season 4 and Winn will only be appearing in a recurring capacity, Jesse Rath’s Brainiac 5 has been upped to series regular. The reason? Brainy now has to stay in modern-time National City because an “extremely distant relative, the evil one” (a clear reference to Brainiac) has created a plague to wipe out all AIs other than himself in the future, prompting Winn to take Brainy's place on the Legion of Super-Heroes and Mon-El to return as a leader.
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