The Supergirl Series Finale Was Exactly The Goodbye The Show Needed
After 6 years and 6 seasons, the Supergirl series finale has aired. The series following the lost sister of Krypton ended with an appropriate mix of action and emotion, and we really wouldn’t have had it any other way. This is a series that was always firstly about the found-family relationships. While there was plenty of rays and powers and (in a first season callback) speeches about empowerment, the finale took its time to check in with its characters, current and from seasons past.
Spoilers ahead, so if you’ve not seen the episode yet, bookmark our review, and check back once you see who was endgame and who wasn’t.
What’s in the Series Finale of Supergirl?
It’s got two things you want in every good ending: a good fight and a gay wedding. We got a final confrontation with Lex and Nyx, and a rare actual ending to a superhero arc. With so many shows on the Marvel side of the comic book TV winding down with a clear sign that the heroes are going to keep super-ing, it feels strange for this series to end with Kara taking on a non-hero job. In a surprise appearance by Calista Flockhart back as comics’ lesser Lois Cat Grant, she offers Kara her dream job. Yet, Kara feels conflicted because her civilian life conflicts with her more super one. In the end, she reveals her secret identity to the world (a world that has a robust broadcast TV billboard industry) in a media event while having a “game night” with her friends and family. It’s exactly the kind of note a show like this should end on.
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How Was the Supergirl Series Finale?
Supergirl has developed a dedicated following over its six seasons. The series pulled in DC characters who haven’t seen the screen in years, and it also had an impressive dedication to diverse representation. This is the show that brought out one of the first trans superheroes on tv. The reception to Dreamer in 2018 is pretty in-line with how the series finale has been received. There’s excitement about positive representation and wholesome characters who get an emotional payoff that doesn’t then end with tragedy immediately after.
— Myrto (@kaleluvers) November 10, 2021
Other fans are seeing their ships sink, and it’s almost funny how Supergirl goes so hard saying Kara and Mon-El are never going to happen. Some fans have had a less positive but no less enthusiastic reaction to that. However the other passionate shipping camp, Supercorp – Kara and Katie McGrath’s Lena Luthor (of Luthercorp) — also got an emotional scene of the two characters declaring…their undying platonic friendship.
THEY MADE MON-EL SAY HE WILL NOT COME BACK TO THE PRESENT EVER AGAIN. AND KARA IS STAYING IN NATIONAL CITY. I AM ON THE FLOOR. KARAMEL DEAD AND BURIED FOREVER. YES, I AM PETTY, I DON'T CARE LMAOO #SUPERGIRL pic.twitter.com/lfeZF60YiK
— Myrto (@kaleluvers) November 10, 2021
Meanwhile some characters are just out here getting the appreciation they deserve.
Katie McGrath came into #Supergirl and gave us a Lena Luthor who was complicated, powerful, misunderstood, and had one of the best character arcs on this show and I'm gonna miss her so damn much pic.twitter.com/8L7sEuoR8t
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) November 9, 2021
Supergirl may have had its series finale, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end for all the characters. There’s a chance The Flash will get a 10th season, and any other stories in the Arrowverse could potentially have more crossovers. John Cryer has even said he’d come back and play Lex Luthor after Supergirl ends. The current series Superman & Lois, whose second season will debut in early 2023, stars Tyler Hoechlin as Kal-El, so an appearance on that show isn’t out of the question. (In fact some fans may say its overdue.) During DC FanDome, Benoist said that after a break, she’d probably want to suit up again. If the Crisis On Infinite Earths event didn’t already show us, none of these characters ever truly go away.
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The final season of Supergirl is currently streaming on the CW app, the previous six on Netflix.
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Jessica Kanzler is a freelance writer and editor who lives with her wife and cats. Jessica has bad taste in tv and an MA in Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media studies. Talk to her about Frasier on Twitter @Jessicaakanzler