There are no strings on the Legends of Tomorrow anymore. With the Oculus destroyed, the team heads into Thursday’s season finale with its free will restored — but will that be enough to defeat Vandal Savage? The key could lie with Stein, played by Victor Garber. EW caught up with Garber to get the scoop on how Stein features into the group’s big showdown with Vandal and why time travel is having such a moment.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tease about the season 1 finale?
VICTOR GARBER: A character comes in towards the end who — you can venture what will happen in the following season. But obviously Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) has sacrificed himself for the group, and Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) decides that he’s had enough of this. He wants to send everybody back to their original life, and by doing that, we’ll discover that none of us really are satisfied, and we want to finish what we started. So that kicks off what happens in the finale and how we all just realize that one can long for what they had, but sometimes what they have is more compelling and more interesting than what they thought. And my character comes up with an ingenious way — he’s smart, Martin Stein, which is nice. I play smart people, because it’s not my go-to place in life — but he devises a way to figure out how to finally annihilate Vandal Savage.
Are there any more heartbreaking sacrifices coming for the team?
There are some goodbyes, but nothing that is forever. Because in a show like this, you never know… I’m sure Leonard will be back at some point to terrorize everyone.
Last week Stein told Rip that finding out that their lives were scripted was a little bit freeing. How is he feeling now that they’ve got free will?
Well, that’s a very good question. I think that’s what he believes in, and that’s what he wants, and it becomes apparent in the choices he makes in the last episode — and that all of us make in the last episode.
Time travel is all over TV right now, especially in the lineup of new fall shows. Why do you think that’s been a trend lately?
I think things go in waves. I remember when I was a kid there was a movie called The Time Machine, and it was popular then, too. I think it’s just that now they’ve figured out a way to do — special effects are better for television, and I think people’s hunger to move around, to [laughs] get out of this particular time period, is quite intense, frankly.
What’s been the best thing about doing Legends so far?
The genre is so different from anything I’ve ever done, and I never thought, like I never thought I’d be a spy [on Alias], I never thought I’d be traveling in time with super powers. So that’s a novelty for me, and a challenge too, because it’s not something I ever thought I would be doing. I’m grateful that Greg [Berlanti, executive producer] also saw me in this role.
Is there any chance you’ll be stopping by The Flash or any of the other DC universe series next season?
That’s always a possibility. They’re very fond of these crossovers, as difficult as they are to implement when you’re actually doing them. [Laughs] It causes a lot of confusion on a lot of different sets, but it’s fabulous for the fans, and I’m sure it will continue. And now we have Supergirl coming to our neck of the woods, so that will be fun to have her in our midst. She’s lovely, and the show, hopefully, will continue successfully there.
The season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Check back after the finale for more scoop on season 2.