Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season 2 premiere of Supergirl. Read at your own risk.
“Last year was all about figuring out how to be Supergirl, and now it’s time I figure out how to be Kara.”
It was like Kara (Melissa Benoist) was breaking the fourth wall to explain why she made the surprising move to call things off with James (Mehcad Brooks) in the season 2 premiere of Supergirl after spending so much of the first season trying to win his affections.
Picking up where the first season left off — basically hours after Kara and James’ first kiss — the Girl of Steel was faced with a slew of new challenges, whether it was the crash-landing of Mon-El from Daxam, the Venture crisis that facilitated the arrival of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), or having to protect Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) from the soon-to-be villain Metallo (Frederick Schmidt).
Despite their relationship being in its infancy, it was then that Kara realized that she and James are better off as friends as she tries to find herself — and the show, too, finds its footing at a new network. Of course, this could just be a temporary break, a way for the writers to reinvigorate the will-they-won’t-they dynamic, but it could also be a true step in a different direction. Shedding this relationship provides new opportunities for Kara and the super series that don’t necessarily have to do with her love life.
Case in point, here’s what executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teased about Kara’s journey this season in our recent deep-dive: “For this season, she’s feeling really good about herself as Supergirl,” he said. “She spent a lot of time last year doubting herself, learning, training, getting stronger, and getting better at it. Then, at the end of the year, Superman got taken out and she saved the world all by herself, so we come into season 2 and she feels like she’s got a handle on being Supergirl — it’s everybody else in her life that she feels like, ‘How can I be a girlfriend? What am I supposed to do with my career? How can I be there for my sister?’ So it’s all the Kara stuff that’s really the tough stuff early on, and that’s where Clark comes in.” (Continue reading here).
Besides, Kara will have plenty of other things to deal with soon, especially when it comes to the premiere’s tag scene. The 100 and Desperate Housewives alum Brenda Strong made her debut — she’ll recur this season —welcoming John Corben to Project Cadmus, before injecting him with Kryptonite, effectively turning him into the supervillain Metallo.
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