Supergirl co-showrunner Robert Rovner discusses the impact the shutdown between seasons 5 and 6 had on the ending of the show’s final season.
According to Supergirl‘s co-showrunner, the season 6 delay improved the final season’s ending. The CW series has been a staple of the Arrowverse since its premiere in 2015. It’s currently the second most senior show in the franchise following The Flash. It’s also inspired a spinoff, Superman & Lois, which premiered in February 2021 and has already been renewed for season 2. However, Supergirl won’t return alongside it next season; in September 2020, The CW announced season 6 would be the show’s last.
Luckily, there are still many episodes to go before the series finale. Supergirl returned on March 30 with its season 6 premiere, making it nearly a year since the last episode aired in May 2020. Season 5 was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the first episode back resolved many of the storylines left over from the finale. Supergirl‘s season 6 premiere also set up some intriguing stories for the first batch of episodes, many of which will likely carry through to the series finale.
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Speaking with ComicBook ahead of the season 6 premiere, Supergirl‘s co-showrunner Robert Rovner discussed the impact of the shutdown on the final season and its conclusion. Surprisingly, it wound up having a positive effect on the story. Rovner explained:
So, it impacted it in a big way. We weren’t able to finish our season finale so that our season opener both completes Season 5 and launches Season 6, but it also at the time knowing that it was going to be our last season, really allowed us to really take a lot of time with the writers and Melissa [Benoist] and Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter and really craft a season that really would speak to the series as a whole, and really, feel like we had completed… that it was all of a piece, and that really spoke to the important message of Supergirl, which at the end of the day it’s about living your authentic life and about empowering people. So, I think we were excited we have the time to do that.
Rovner’s comments make sense considering the timing of The CW’s final season announcement. Supergirl didn’t begin filming season 6 until the fall, so the announcement came before shooting even began. As Rovner suggests, this gave the writers more time to approach season 6 as one protracted goodbye rather than having to switch gears to that mid-season. The Arrowverse shows usually begin filming in the summer, so the writers wouldn’t have had ample time to plan ahead if not for the delay.
The long wait between seasons has also increased anticipation for Supergirl‘s final run of episodes. Prior to the premiere, it had been awhile since viewers had seen their favorite characters, making Supergirl‘s return even more exciting than usual. Audiences have also known for awhile at this point that season 6 is the show’s last, so they’ve had time to come to terms with the idea. This means most viewers will approach the final season with enthusiasm to see it play out rather than sadness. It also helps that Supergirl season 6 will have 20 episodes, so there’s still quite a ways to go until the series finale. Hopefully, the entirety of season 6 works as a satisfying farewell to Kara Danvers and her Superfriends.
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