While I don’t expect it to happen, I think the best thing for Kate immediately after that kiss is for her to tell Sophie her identity so as not to lead her on. If she really still loves and respects Sophie, she won’t keep her in the dark longer than she’s already been. That said, I expect that this won’t happen for at least a little while longer, as Kate will probably justify not telling her with the usual “I’m trying to protect you” logic, though she also might just selfishly want to keep this going for as long as she can, seeing as how Sophie’s going to be furious when she finds out.
I do think there is a chance Sophie might already know, seeing as how she previously pieced it together and that she heard that “I’ll keep my distance” line from both Kate and Batwoman relatively recently.
I absolutely loved the timeline where Kara told Lena shortly after they met. It really goes to show that when they’re working together and firing on all cylinders, there’s almost nothing they can’t accomplish, just maybe not under those exact circumstances considering how it ended.
I am a little surprised they didn’t explore what would’ve happened had Lena turned around on the airplane at the end of season 4. That was easily the closest Kara came to revealing her identity before the actual reveal, so it would’ve been interesting to see how a pretty small change could’ve had major ramifications.
OK, I’m gonna go off on a rant here, so just bear with me.
While I do support the idea of Kara taking this next step and trying to get Lena to accept some responsibility for her actions, I absolutely think she took things too far with that final line.
Lena is easily my favorite character on the show, so I’m always gonna be looking at things from her perspective. Even after the reveal, she’s been kept in the dark about some key details regarding Kara’s actions – she still thinks Kara only made contact with her in the mid-season finale to plant that trojan and she isn’t aware that Kara just spent a night examining alternate timelines based on the changing timing of her confession. Lena is ultimately still convinced that Kara just thought of her as a potential villain and only became her friend to keep an eye on her. While Kara and the audience knows that’s not true, Lena simply hasn’t seen enough to doubt it, though she also hadn’t gotten any concrete proof of this as well. That last scene, however, could very well be enough to shatter any potential hope Lena might have that this woman she loved so much (and really still loves, if we’re being honest) ever had so much as a real friendship with her.
I also know that Kara didn’t directly call Lena a villain, but the implication is still there and was actually said out loud, which is enough to really cast a shadow over so many of her actions this season. She’s been completely adamant about how she won’t treat Lena like a villain and even wanted to reassure Lena that she’s a hero while watching one of the timelines. It just seemed so mind-bogglingly out of character for Kara that I have to wonder if it was a bluff. Even in the final timeline where Lena didn’t know Kara and was about to kill her, Kara still couldn’t bring herself to even begin fighting Lena. I find it incredibly hard to believe that she’d actually be able to do so in a timeline where they were friends for years.
Regardless of her intentions, Lena was already a ways away from forgiving Kara and coming back to the light, and I just really worry that this whole “villain” line may be enough to push her over the edge – sort of like a self-fulfilling prophecy. It doesn’t seem like Lena would ever realistically be willing to forgive Kara after that line, but then again, these shows are hardly known for being too realistic, so I’m hoping that element works to their advantage here. Maybe it’ll be actually be shocking enough to start bringing Lena back to her senses – that’s seems to be all I can hope for at this point.
Brady’s certainly brought plenty of charm and menace to the role and I really liked the backstory that retconned him as history’s first metahuman. That said, I feel like Gravedigger’s impact is really going to depend on how his story ends this season. If he dies or is otherwise written off to never be seen again, then I feel like it’ll end up being kind of a waste to put this much attention on him for nothing more than a few episodes. If he’s being set up to play a larger role past this season, however, then I think I’ll be a lot more supportive of this change. Gravedigger being a symbol of the threat of Markovia has worked well so far, but he’ll need to be developed more in season 4 and beyond to make his introduction feel like it didn’t just upend everything here. I especially feel this way after the reveal that he’s part of the Pierce family. It just seems like it’d be too much to dump on this late in the season if he’s not going to make it past the finale.
At this rate, I do feel like it’s inevitable that Jennifer will end up taking a life, but I also don’t think that has to mean she’ll be corrupted like her Earth-2 counterpart. She’s clearly got a certain kind of rage in her that her family has barely been able to hold back and will likely only be able to keep doing so for so long, given that she has the most raw power of all of them. Eventually, I feel like she’ll be in a position to take out her target w/out her family there to hold her back or take her down, and she’ll finally give in.
The only way I’d be OK w/ that happening, though, is if it triggers a personal journey of self-realization for her. She could get what she’s wanted for a while, but it could take finally getting that for her to truly realize how big of a mistake it is. It could present a really interesting arc for Jennifer where she has to go through this to realize why that’s a line they never cross – it hasn’t been enough for her to simply hear that from her dad, so maybe experiencing it will finally convince her. It could also present an interesting cliffhanger for the season finale if she’s able to deliver the killing blow against Gravedigger or tracks down and kills Odell before he can escape in the aftermath of the fight. That could then be the focus of her journey in season 4 – did killing one of her targets bring her the satisfaction she wanted, and how does she move forward from such an act?
While I did expect Eva to ultimately go the Mirror Master route, I was hoping that it’d be a situation where she’d be corrupted after the fact instead of turning out to be always evil. That would’ve been different enough from the show’s version of the first Mirror Master, Sam Scudder, and thus would’ve stood out more. Between this and the Sue Dearbon twist, the show is definitely getting back to that “don’t trust anyone” atmosphere it’s had in previous seasons, which I think at least a little worn out by now (I feel like we can’t even trust Chester). There’s still a lot we don’t know, however, such as what her plan is and whether she was actually trapped there or in that world by choice.
Maybe she had just worn them for so long that she didn’t really notice them? I know it’s an incredibly minor detail, but it’s just been bothering me ever since I noticed it. I’m also not gonna pretend to know very much about heels since I’m a guy and have never actually worn them.
On the one hand, Astra’s soul has clearly been corrupted by her 5 years in Hell (Oliver?), and we know that anytime John tries to help someone, it usually ends badly. On the other hand, Astra’s spent all that time in Hell w/out seeing John, so she’s really just had her hatred of him lingering instead of being able to interact w/ the man himself. We’ve seen him start to break down Astra’s walls just a bit, and he may very well be able to give her just enough hope to convince her to fight against the Fates.
That said, going back to the negatives, I also feel like if that were to come to pass, the bad ending for John could very well be losing Astra’s soul forever in the final fight. Even if he does manage to bring Natalie back, I just can’t see this whole situation having a truly happy ending. The Fates will certainly lose, but the cost will likely be high.