Tonight’s episode of “Supergirl” served up a major plot twist that had nothing to do with the titular superhero or new threats to National City.
As it turned out, the revelation had to do with Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) adoptive sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), who came out as gay to her new friend (and current crush) Maggie, played by Floriana Lima.
During a presentation at this summer’s TV Critics Association press tour, “Supergirl” exec producer Greg Berlanit teased that one of the characters in The CW’s quartet of DC Comics series (“Supergirl”, “Arrow”, “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow”) would be revealed as gay, but fans were clearly not thinking it would be Alex.
“It didn’t start with, ‘Oh we want one of the characters to come out. Which one should it be?'” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells E! News. “It really came out of exploring Alex and finding out how we can go deeper with Alex this season, what makes her tick and what drives her. Why is she the person she is? It made sense for Alex, as opposed to this sort of mandate that we had to do this.”
As Kreisberg adds, this revelation sheds light on Alex’s undercurrent of melancholy. “I’ve always loved Alex as a character and part of that is there’s always been this twinge of sadness about her, which I don’t think I or anyone could ever quite put their finger on,” he explains. “And this season, we’re really getting at that. And the notion that Alex is going to be truer to herself and come out and be able to lead a full and complete and happy life, if you love Alex, then you love that this is happening for her because it means she’s going to be happy in a way that she wasn’t able to be before.”
He continues: “Having Maggie be the impetus for Alex to be exploring this about herself was always our path. We just tried to be as true and respectful, while also being entertaining at the same time. No one’s ever going to accuse us of being ‘This Is Us’, but we’re so proud of this storyline. And we’re so proud of the work Chyler and Floriana have done, and the work that the directors have done with them, because we really feel like we’re proud that we’re telling this tale as truthfully and honestly as we can.”
“Supergirl” airs Mondays on Showcase.