Titans, the first DC Universe original series, wrapped up its first season last week with its eleventh episode. The episode was dark, surprising, and even game-changing for the series, but the season wasn't originally meant to end there. We almost got an additional hour following that massive cliffhanger at the end of "Dick Grayson," and now showrunner Greg Walker is explaining why the team behind the show felt it was better to leave things here.
**Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers for the Titans season finale "Dick Grayson" below.**
The big selling point of "Dick Grayson" in teasers for the episode was that it featured a confrontation between Dick (Brenton Thwaites) and a hyperviolent, murderous Batman who'd finally lost his grip on his sanity after the deaths of Commissioner Gordon and Alfred. In the end, Dick's journey back to Gotham to stop Batman ended up being an alternate reality conjured up by Trigon (Seamus Deaver) to finally bring out the inner darkness Dick had been holding back. The episode ends with Dick's eyes going black, signaling that Trigon was successful in his quest. It's quite a cliffhanger, but we were originally meant to see what happened next just one week later. So, why didn't we?
Well, according to Walker, the Titans team saw where Episode 11 left them and decided it felt right to end the season that way, in part because the episode inspired them to repurpose parts of what the original season finale would have been to launch a new season.
"We’re cannibalizing some of the stuff from Episode 12 [for the premiere]," Walker told TV Line. "We thought it was such a good cliffhanger at the end of 11, and we wanted to go for an even bigger, better Season 2 opener. We had a big idea, and our friends at DC bought it."
So it wasn't just a matter of holding an episode that was originally supposed to air this year to air it later. According to Walker, big chunks of what the Season 2 premiere will now be apparently didn't exist before. Now that the restructuring has taken place, we can apparently expect more from Trigon, as well as the arrival of a new threat.
"It’s really fun to be able to you know where we’re going to go with it. We’re going to also use [the Season 2 premiere] to launch a new villain, and because Trigon’s role in canon is so huge, we felt like we really needed to give him a really big episode, the kind you can launch a season with," Walker said.
The cliffhanger showing us dark Dick wasn't the only surprise Titans had in store for its finale, though. The season's final scene actually came after the credits, in which a shadowy figure with a dog, a familiar insignia and Project Cadmus were all teased. Put all of those elements together and Superboy seems to be a reasonable conclusion to draw. Who is that muscular silhouette? Walker's not telling, but he's also not denying that it's Superboy.
"I think I’m going to go with everyone’s best guess for now, but you know I respect our fans and their ability to decipher those little Easter eggs," Walker said. "They’ve been pretty good so far, and I will just say that there’s a good chance we’ll see that character again next season."
Titans' first season is now streaming on DC Universe. What did you think of the season finale?