The Season 2 finale of The CW’s hit series, Supergirl, saw Kara (and fans of “Karamel”) suffer a major blow. Her boyfriend Mon-El (Chris Wood) was forced off-planet after Team Supergirl released lead, one of the Daxamites’ only weaknesses, into Earth’s atmosphere to stop their invasion.
According to star, Melissa Benoist, losing Mon-El has had a major impact on the Girl of Steel, causing her to come to terms (or not) with her very human feelings of loss, even to the point of questioning her role as Kara. While attending Comic-Con International in San Diego, Benoist went deeper into how Kara mourns when Season 3 kicks off:
“It’s a couple months past where we left off,” she explained. “When we pick up in Season 3, Kara has very much dedicated herself to Supergirl, and I don’t think she really wants to address what happened for Kara Danvers personally, because that was such a massive heartbreak for her. So the balance is a little off-kilter right now, and this season I think we’re really going to explore her identity. She’s really questioning whether she’s a human or an alien and which she wants to be.”
Having survived the destruction of Krypton and the alleged death of her Earth-father Jeremiah Danvers, Kara has already experienced a lifetime of loss. It seems, then, that her most recent loss has pushed her over an edge. Benoist’s comments here echo the Season 3 Comic-Con trailer, in which her character says, “Kara Danvers was a mistake.”
Executive producer Robert Rovner also added:
“In Season 2, she (Kara) was struggling with ‘Can she have it all?’ In Season 3, she’s really struggling with ‘How does she compartmentalize being a superhero with those human feelings that are uncomfortable for her?’ So she ends up throwing herself more into work, which complicates all of her relationships.”
When asked about her ultimate wish for Kara, Benoist said:
“I wish she could have had that perfect formula that she felt that she had with her love and her career and being a superhero and juggling all of that.”
Returning to The CW on Monday, October 9th at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott, with appearances by Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman.