*** This post contains spoilers from the season 1 finale of The CW’s Legends Of Tomorrow, which aired on Thursday, May 19, 2016. ***
On the season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Hawkman and Hawkgirl flew off into the sunset after successfully completing their 4,000-year quest to kill the immortal Vandal Savage. While everyone loves a happy ending, this conclusion is bittersweet as it marks the departure of actress Ciara Renée, who was a series regular.
“I can’t say thank you enough for all the love & support from everyone this season,” the actress tweeted after the finale aired. “All my love! xo”
Legends showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed to TVLine that the writing staff did such a tremendous job with Kendra and Carter’s season one story that they weren’t sure what they could do with the character after such a definitive ending.
“We got into the writers’ room to start work on Season 2, working up character journeys for each of the characters. We got to Kendra and we found ourselves a little stymied by how neat a bow we tied off her story with, to the point where it was like, ‘Now what?'” Guggenheim told TVLine. “It’s got such a definitive ending, and it’s such a graceful ending.”
In the end, Kendra and Carter’s happily ever led to Renée’s exit from the show.
“We questioned, ‘How do we get her back on the team? What would be motivating her?'” Guggenheim continued. “It felt like the ending of Season 1 was very much about her needing to take some time with Carter and with developing her new identity, and every time we talked about how to bring her back to the team, it felt truncated and rushed. That started to make us think, ‘Maybe we should let this character be on her own, off the ship for a while.’ That’s ultimately what we decided to do.”
What did you think of the Legends of Tomorrow season finale?