The closing minutes of the season 1 finale of Syfy's Krypton promises a whole new direction for the show's sophomore season, one that will shape the story to come in Krypton season 2. The events of the episode make it increasingly clear that season 2 will feature General Zod (Colin Salmon) as the new big bad.
Long before Zod arrived on the show, Brainiac was thought to be Krypton's greatest threat. Brainiac wanted to add the city of Kandor to his collection, which would have destabilized Krypton's core. If this happened, Krypton's destruction in 200 years would have been assured. It was discovered halfway through the season that Brainiac's actions against Kandor are a part of the natural timeline, and that Zod's goal was to save Krypton and undo history.
After a long struggle, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) discovers a way to beat Brainiac in the season finale. By trapping both himself and the villain in the Phantom Zone, Seg has saved Kandor. Zod's decision to destroy the console that controls the portal to the Phantom Zone makes it impossible for Val-El to retrieve him, and now Zod has no one standing in the way of his real goal to take over Krypton.
With Krypton officially renewed by Syfy for season 2, fans are already speculating on what's next for the Superman prequel series.
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Same Mission, New Enemy
The original mission in season 1 was to preserve the natural timeline and keep Brainiac from preventing the birth of Superman. We know now that stopping Superman from being born was never Brainiac's intention. Since then, Seg and the others have focused on defeating Brainiac. Now it appears that the characters will go back to focus on completing their original task: saving Superman.
While the original mission will remain unchanged, everything else will be drastically different. Under Zod's reign, Krypton will be more militaristic than ever, as opposed to the xenophobic, theologically-driven society governed by the Voice of Rao and Daron-Vex (Elliot Cowan).
Unlike Brainiac, Zod is the kind of villain that some of the show's main characters may be willing to follow. Based on the ending of the finale, Zod can already count Dev-Em (Aaron Pierre) and his mother, Lyta (Georgina Campbell), among his allies, at least for the time being. Jayna's whereabouts are still unknown. In last week's episode, she was rescued by Vidar, her long-lost brother, who may somehow factor into the plot of season 2.
Escape from the Phantom Zone
The Phantom Zone has been name-dropped several times since the beginning of the series. The Kryptonian prison dimension was described in the second episode of the season as a way of traveling between worlds. We later discover that it was where Zod was banished, just like in the comics. It also played an important role in the season finale, hence the name of the episode, 'The Phantom Zone'. Zod travels there to retrieve Val-El and returns instantaneously. Despite how instrumental it was in defeating Brainiac, fans never get to see what the Zone actually looks like.
Since Seg is now trapped there, it's a good bet that at least the first episode of season 2—and possibly more—will take place in the Phantom Zone. Though Zod destroyed the console that operates the portal to the Zone, Val-El is seen attempting to make repairs to it. Until Val can fix the machine, Seg will have to survive on his own. That may mean contending with Brainiac and whatever else is trapped in there with him.
Zod states in the finale that "time has no meaning" in the Phantom Zone, which explains how he was able to interact with Val—someone who was sent there 200 years earlier. Taking time out of the equation will make it easy for Krypton to introduce more DC characters. In the comics, the Phantom Zone has long been used as a way of imprisoning some of Superman's most powerful villains, in part due to the fact that Superman has a strict no-killing policy. Seg could potentially encounter any number of villains from Superman's rogues gallery, who would be more than happy to murder their enemy's grandfather. It's hard to say if the changes to the timestream will have any other effect on the goings-on in the Phantom Zone.