Legends of Tomorrow breaks time in ambitiously lethal finale
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season 2 finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Read at your own risk!
Legends of Tomorrow boss Phil Klemmer promised there would be “so many deaths” in the season finale — and he wasn’t kidding!
In the wake of Doomworld, the Back to the Future 2-esque finale took the Legends back to WWI, where they attempted not to come into contact with their past selves. However, Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) anticipated their return, and quickly dispatched with Ray (Brandon Routh) by ripping out his heart, bringing the death toll up to two following Amaya’s (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) icy demise in the penultimate.
Not to worry though: The post-Doomworld team had already surmised they were the aberrations now, meaning if they are successful in preventing Doomworld, they’d disappear anyways, so what’s a little death in this new timeline anyway? And seriously, there’s a lot more. Once both past and future Legends team up to take down the Legion, Jax (Franz Drameh), Mick (Dominic Purcell), Rip (Arthur Darvill), and Nate (Nick Zano) all perish.
With the Legion all but depleted, Reverse-Flash shows up with an army of time remnants, forcing Sara to use the Spear. Getting a sense of closure from her sister Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Sara discovers the Spear did not need someone pure of heart to wield it, but needed someone strong enough to rewrite reality for the better, even if that means losing her sister. Thus, Sara took away the Spear’s power, rendering it useless. Black Flash then arrives to rip out Thawne’s heart, causing him and all his remnants to disappear from the timeline. Future Sara, too, disappears from the timeline, leaving Team Legends intact.
After the Legends drop the rest of the Legion back in their respective eras, Amaya decides not to return to 1942, opting to stay with Nate on the Waverider. Rip, however, decides to leave the team, noting that Sara is now the rightful captain. While it seems the Legends are poised for a happy ending, a time storm causes the Waverider to crash in Los Angeles 2017, where the Legends come to realize they basically broke time — there’s a T. rex horde approaching the ship, with buildings from other time periods (countries? universes?) littered in the background. What did the Legends do?
Well, as Klemmer also teased ahead of the finale, not everything was resolved by season’s end, with the consequences of the Legends crossing paths with themselves in the past still unclear. For one, when both Legends teams tried to escape on the Waverider, they created a very public time storm that everyone on the battlefield witnessed, which has surely played a role in this wonky future.
“It will redefine our Legends, who they are and what they do, which is great because it’s always good to make them responsible for the mess,” Klemmer previously told EW. “Season 3 is going to be totally different. It’s not going to be just fixing these simple aberrations and then moving on. As our team is maturing, they’re going to be — next season — faced with questions of like, ‘What if putting things back to the way they were wasn’t good enough?'”
However the Legends handle this new mess, they’ll also be adding new members to the team next season, which makes sense after Rip’s departure. “It’s something akin to the scale of what we did this season,” Klemmer said — which roughly translates to two new members after both Nate and Amaya were the newbies this year. Who’s coming to the team? We’ll find out when DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns this fall.