Arrowverse fans are bracing themselves for a pretty big exit, and Legends of Tomorrow might have just hinted at how it will happen.
SPOILERS for tonight's episode of Legends of Tomorrow, "Phone Home", below.
In tonight's episode, Mick Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) and Jax Jackson/Firestorm (Franz Drameh) learned that Martin Stein/Firestorm (Victor Garber) was sneaking around behind the team's backs, using the jump ship to periodically visit his pregnant daughter in 2017.
At the end of the episode, Jax came to the conclusion that Stein deserves the freedom to be with his family in 2017. He asked Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) to help him engineer a way to "break up Firestorm."
In a way, fans have been expecting this plotline, after it was reported earlier this month that Garber would be leaving the series. While many rumors have circulated that Stein will die in the series, this new revelation of Jax wanting to separate the duo does turn that on its head.
Successfully splitting Legends' version of Firestorm would probably be a bit of a process, seeing as past attempts to create an independent Firestorm host basically failed on The Flash. But there is a sort of comic precedent for it happening, even though the canon of Firestorm occasionally gets a little wonky.
While many associate Firestorm as a sort of duo, the hero does occasionally operate as a single member within the pages of DC Comics. Fans most notably saw this in the New 52, which saw Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch operating as separate Firestorms, who instead can merge together into the character Fury.
If Legends were able to successfully split up their Firestorm, it would take both characters into uncharted territory. While Jax has grown into a fan-favorite since debuting in The Flash Season Two, being a singular Firestorm would give him a chance to go on his own hero's journey.
Stein has been a facet of the Arrowverse for years now, since first bonding with Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) on The Flash's first season. Allowing him to live in the present day with his family - not having to deal with his Firestorm abilities for the first time in years - would be a pretty good way to send off Garber. It also would create a window for Garber to easily return to the show in the future.
Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.