...even if he wasn't exactly the Lex Luthor we would have expected to see.
In "Luthors," fans got their first look at the "secret origin" of Lena Luthor, in which a young Lex is playing chess with his mother when Lena comes in to officially join the family.
What's doubly interesting is his position behind a chess board...something that we had seen Lillian Luthor doing in a teaser for the episode and had previously speculated that Checkmate might play a role in upcoming episodes.
Since Checkmate has a chess theme, its highest-ranking members are Kings and Queens -- but major players have been knights and rooks in both the comics and in other media -- including a white knight named Tess Mercer in Smallville.
For those who don't know, Mercer was later revealed to have secretly been a Luthor all along. In an episode titled "Luthors," then, that's a conspicuous prop for the matriarch of the Luthor family to be playing with...
...especially in the episode where we learn something very significant about Lena Luthor's parentage.
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Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SUPERGIRL is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Ali Adler (The New Normal), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura). Supergirl is based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and appearing in DC Comics, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.
"Luthors" episode of Supergirl airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.