Superman & Lois experienced their biggest crisis yet (with a small “c”) in Tuesday’s season finale, which saw several families band together to stop Ally Allston from merging the two worlds.
Here’s a quick synopsis: After several failed attempts to defeat Ally, including one that required Jordan to fall into the void and rescue Tal-Rho, Clark resorted to desperate measures and asked his brother to jump him in in hopes of Supercharge the sun cast his powers. (fingers crossed!) And, wouldn’t you know, Clark’s plan worked, giving him enough juice to split the parasite back into two powerless halves.
Of course, none of this would be possible if John Henry and Natalie (the real Heroes around here!) hadn’t yet sacrificed the power in their suits to blast Ally and stop the fusion in the first place.
The finale also gave us a lot of post-fight twists: Lois told Chrissy that Clark is Superman; Jordan and Sarah got back together; Tal crossed over to the other world, where he inquired about his Bizarro wife; Clark built a new fortress of solitude in the middle of the ocean, now “for the family”; and John received a visit from Arrow’s Diggle, who recruited him to investigate why Bruno Manheim and Intergang killed this Earth’s John Henry.
(Speaking of Earth, click here for a breakdown of what the finale revealed about Superman & Lois‘ Connection to the Arrowverse. It’s…probably not what you expected!)
Below, showrunner Todd Helbing addresses our burning questions about the finale:
TVLINE | Chrissy was one of the last people I expected to know Clark’s secret. What did that do?
Lois had to withhold a lot of information from Chrissy. We really put her in an interesting complicated scenario at work with her partner. We wanted Clark to work at Smallville Gazette this season, but once all the Bizarro stuff started, it got harder. So we’re going to try to do that next season and it felt like they couldn’t really work together seriously and have a good working relationship if Clark did what he did that season Daily Planets the whole time. Going to save the world would be really hard.
TVLINE | Three whole employees next season? That Smallville Gazette explodes!
[Laughs] It is Bust! We’ve joked since day 1 that we should just have some people who never say anything in the background.
TVLINE | Is there debate in the writers’ room about which characters should learn when?
I don’t know if I would call them debates. The secret [identity] It’s such a trope, and part of us never wants to deal with it. They want to do something like that with Lana – she was his best friend, so that felt interesting. But the general feeling was to just do it this season, get it out of the way and move forward.
TVLINE | Intergang has been mentioned a few times in the Arrowverse, including on this show. Why get involved now, and how deep will we go?
We knew we wanted our version of Intergang on this show, and we originally thought it would happen before Season 3. But we had some cool preliminary thoughts that we’ll dive into in a couple of weeks. Like all villains in the Superman mythos, we want to do what we’ve always done, which is take a classic villain and reinvent it as best we can to make it compelling, grounded, and tie it in Superman & Lois. (Click here for more information on Diggle’s visit.)
TVLINE | I love seeing Jordan have so much control over his powers. It feels like it’s time for a name. Maybe even a suit?
Eventually, yes I think you will get the Superboy name. I don’t know how soon that will be, but I think Alex Garfin is looking forward to getting his hair cut, something more like his haircut in the comics. But what we find really interesting about Jordan is that it’s such a different time and age than when Clark was saving people as a teenager. We are in such a different era where cellphones take all photos. This is the complicated stuff we want to get into.
TVLINE | I also really appreciated Clark telling Jonathan about the Kryptonian technology in the new stronghold. Any chance he’ll join the fight more concretely?
In episode 3 of season 1 there is the beat where Clark shows up in Jonathan’s office. Originally he was holding a jacket in his hand. The implication was that he would take him to the dun, but it didn’t play out that way. It’s like what they say on the boat, “This is a family thing.” The fort should be for the family. So Jonathan will definitely be brought on board in that regard. We’ll see if he gets his own suit, if he follows Nat’s lead and how it all plays out. We definitely want to bring Jonathan more into this superhero life than he has been before.
TVLINE | And I’m very curious about Tal. Between Lana telling Kyle she still needs time and Tal investigating his marriage to Lana-Rho, do I have a feeling something could be happening there?
[Laughs] I will say that Tal will be disappointed when he finds out the scenario with his doppelganger’s wife. I can’t say this enough – Adam Rayner is a great guy, a great actor, and we don’t want to lose him. As much as we can bring him back we will try to do. We haven’t figured out exactly how he’s going to return, but I’d bet he does.
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