Its episodic nature, coupled with the fact that we just started to get a sense for who the villains were and what they wanted right before the midseason finale, makes it a challenge to guess just what's around the corner for the time-traveling superhero series.
But anything worth doing is worth scratching your head about for at least a little while, so we tried to think of just what might be coming up in the second half of the show's second season (especially now that it's been renewed for a third, so we know everybody doesn't just vanish into a time anomaly at the end).
Read on to see what we expect, and let us know if you disagree in the comments below.
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Why is Merlyn suddenly a part of the Legion of Doom?
The character has always been trying to manipulate everyone around him into just the perfect position on the chess board so that he could get what he wants. To suddenly be working as a flunky for the Reverse-Flash calls back to his Arrow season 1 time as an underling to Ra's al Ghul...but it seems odd that he would willingly enter into such a partnership unless whatever it provided him with was pretty special.
Look forward to finding out a lot more about exactly what it is he thinks he can get out of this deal -- and if you ask us? It's probably immortality. Remember that bit of Lazarus Pit water he used to carry with him all the time? His friendhip with season 1 villain Vandal Savage makes us suspicious that Merlyn has never completely given up on his efforts to indefinitely extend his life.
MORE JUSTICE SOCIETY
The Justice Society of America are a key part of the legacy of heroism in the DC Universe...and there's no way writers as clearly enamored of DC's history as the Legends of Tomorrow team are going to let them go out like this.
So far all we know is that the Justice Society essentially alienated Obsidian becuase of his homosexuality and then headed off on a mysterious mission in the '50s and was killed. Expect more from the heroes of the Golden Age -- and hopefully we'll get a better ending for the team that inspired all future superhero teams.
Before the season started, it was revealed that Wentworth Miller would reprise his role as Captian Cold as part of the Legion of Doom.
So far, the character has only appeared in one episode -- and it was as a hallucination appearing to "haunt" Heat Wave, not as an actual villain.
How and why will Cold come to be part of the Legion of Doom? And what impact will that have on Heat Wave and the rest of the team, who had grown close to him and respected his sacrifice? That's where the real meat to that story is.
THE LANCE SISTERS
With Laurel Lance back in the picture (even if it's seemingly not permanent, and probably not actually her), there's little doubt that Sara Lance -- the Waverider's captain, this season's de facto point-of-view character, and Laurel's sister -- will eventually have to struggle with the death of her sister all over again.
That could put a nice cap on the end of the season, since her inability to process the loss and her desire to travel through time to avenge Laurel and destroy Damien Darhk was her starting point before she did all the learning and growing that has made her a good captain.
RIP'S MASTER PLAN
We've said it before and we'll say it again: We think Rip Hunter is playing us.
In the comics, there was a storyline called 52, in which Rip's father Booster Gold seemingly sacrificed himself halfway through.
In fact, what had happened was that Rip had alerted him to the fact that his sidekick/friend/robot pal Skeets had been compromised by the series' villain, and so in order to keep fighting the good fight, Booster had to make himself appear harmless and fake his death, then take on a separate costumed identity that Skeets wouldn't suspect.
We're still pretty sure that Rip Hunter's apparent death and subsequent memory loss is all part of an elaborate long game.