Fans upset by the death of a team member on last week's episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow likely took solace in the fact that there was still a week remaining, and with both time travel and the Spear of Destiny in play, it seemed plausible that the character might find her way back to the land of the living before the season was over.
During a recent interview with ComicBook.com, executive producer Phil Klemmer admitted that's not a totally out-of-left field question...but rather than offering reassurance about the fate of Amaya, he instead suggested that fans should get used to these kinds of losses, suggesting that there will be a "similar" moment in tomorrow's finale, and that they're committed to going the full Game of Thrones in season 3 so that fans never have the comfort of assuming that anyone is safe.
“At about minute 32 of tomorrow’s finale, people are going to start asking a lot of similar questions,” Klemmer said. “It’s always been a rule since the Hawkman death [in the pilot], Greg [Berlanti] said it before the show was even a show about how his mission was to make this not like network TV, that no one would be bulletproof, that it was more like the Ned Stark idea of anybody could lose their head at any time. As we’ve been roughly breaking out next season, we’re more committed to that than ever. Again, that’s a really bittersweet thing because we think the dynamic of the characters have is so special and wonderful, and at the same time, you don’t want the audience to become too comfortable on the show. It is supposed to be a wild ride. You need that real consequences and real bloodshed to counterbalance the fluffiness and the silliness of the show. Otherwise it would just float off into space.”
That silliness has been on full display in season 2, much to the delight of fans and critics, who have generally said that the show found its footing this year after a sometimes-rocky first season. And while Klemmer acknowledges that the fun of this year has been key to the show's appeal, he told us that the mission of the week "becomes exponentially more complicated" in the third season.
The season 1 finale saw the death of Captain Cold -- the team member whose resurrection two weeks ago brought with it Mick Rory's betrayal and ultimately the death of Amaya. As the team travels back to 1916 to prevent Rory's betrayal, things could get ugly as one of the cardinal rules of the show's time-travel logic has been that the Legends cannot change events that they themselves have participated in.
“You’re able to go forward or backward in time, but one thing that you can’t do is to hit the rewind button on events that you participated in,” Klemmer explained to reporters shortly before the series launched. “It’s not like Groundhog Day where you can endlessly just do it again and again and again and again until you get it right. If you screw it up, and it ends up with people dying, a member of our team — and people will die on our show — you’re not able to just be like ‘Well, that sucked, let’s try it again.’”
In the season 2 finale, though, that's exactly what they're doing...and it's going to have consequences.
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The season 2 finale will air at a special time tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET/PT before the season 3 premiere of iZombie.