“Supergirl” aired its season finale tonight, and fans were shocked and saddened to bid farewell to Kryptonian Mon-El when he was sent back to the future, ending the character’s two-season run on the DC-derived CW series.
In an interview with TVLine, “Supergirl” exec producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller explain that while fans may be surprised by the seemingly sudden turn of events, Mon-El’s departure was always part of the grand design.
“The plan for Chris was always to have him on the show for two years,” Rovner tells TVLIne. “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,” adds exec Queller. “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.”
So is this the last we’ve seen of Mon-El? Time will tell.
“We love working with Chris,” says Rovner, “so we’d love to have Mon-El back someday if the story takes us there and if Chris is available.”
“Supergirl” will return to Showcase next season.