Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) has had a long and interesting history in the Arrowverse, and after a prolonged absence he’s now set to return to Legends of Tomorrow for at least a few more episodes, but he’s not committed beyond the end of this season. Leonard Snart started out as a Rogue on The Flash, but quickly graduated from freak-of-the-week to show regular. Over the next seasons, Leo developed into a sassy thief with a heart, with several episodes exploring his backstory and how he (and his sister) ended up working with Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) in Central City. By the time Captain Cold made the leap from Rogue to Legend, he was almost a real hero.
As a time-traveller, Cold climbed to new heights as a fan favorite. The perfectly brilliant foil to Mick Rory’s brute force, he was always ready with a snarky one-liner and a willingness to steal things. His position as a fan-favorite made his eventual death all the more heartbreaking… as did his decision to sacrifice himself to save the team. From selfish villain to sacrificing hero, Leonard Snart was one of the best characters in the Arrowverse; and thankfully, death doesn’t mean a whole lot on the CW. Since he ‘officially’ died at the end of season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow, Snart has returned several times in different ways. Past versions of the character have popped up across The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, and now it seems that a doppelganger has rejoined the team thanks to Crisis on Earth X.
Leonard Snart made his reappearance on Earth X last week, as a hero with the same name and abilities, but a few key differences. He prefers to be called ‘Leo’ for one thing, and uses Citizen Cold as his superhero name for another. This version is also openly gay, and found the Arrowverse team when he swooped in to save his boyfriend, The Ray (Russell Tovey), from a Nazi internment camp run by Earth X’s Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Turns out, Leo is moved by Team Arrowverse’s plight, and becomes one of the only Earth X heroes willing to help them get back to their own world and save their friends.
After both Leo and Ray head to Earth-1 in order to help save the day, Citizen Cold makes an interesting decision. During the wrap-up of the four parter, when everyone is getting back to their lives, rather than return home with his boyfriend, Leo decides to stick around on Earth-1 for a little while. Ray heads back thanks to a breach opened by Cisco (which means that Snart can follow him whenever he chooses), and Leo leaves him with a kiss and a promise… and without any real explanation as to why he’s staying put. He also doesn’t reveal how long he’s going to be visiting the main Arrowverse, either, but fans of the character are hoping that he’ll be here for a while.
Unfortunately, it seems that this latest visit by Cold is another short one. Although Wentworth Miller went from recurring character to season regular when he became a Legend, he went back to recurring character for the past season and a half. His post-death appearances have been achieved primarily by time-travel and alternate universes, and while he had a relatively large role in Legends of Tomorrow season 2’s Legion of Doom arc, it seems that Citizen Cold is going to be his last hurrah as the character. On November 4th, Miller posted to Instagram, confirming that he was filming his ‘final scenes’ as the character. He hasn’t confirmed how many more episodes of Legends of Tomorrow he has left, but it’s a safe bet that his exit means Leo will return to Earth-X… or meet a sticky end… by the end of the season.
This doesn’t mean that Miller can never return to this universe, of course. What it does mean is that his regular contract with the CW is over at the end of this season; as a regular or recurring character. Miller has given no specific reason for his exit from Legends Of Tomorrow (unlike co-star Victor Garber, who left to perform on Broadway), and does not currently have any new projects confirmed to be in the works. However, the actor has been focusing on art on his Instagram recently, posting and promoting various artists, as well as showcasing his own work, so he may be taking a break from screen to work on canvas.
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While the return of Captain Cold would make a lot of fans happy, it’s important to remember that the Leonard who is currently on Earth-1 isn’t Captain Cold. Citizen Cold is a very different person, and throughout his appearance in Crisis on Earth X, he surprised his teammates with his touchy-feely side; especially Mick. Leo encourages Mick to talk about his feelings, tells him that he doesn’t need beer, reminds him that ‘due process is a thing’ and he can’t just shoot people left, right, and center. He even scoffs at the things that his Earth-1 counterpart used to say, such as the wonderful ‘throw the plan away’ line. He responds that that is ridiculous, that he always has a plan. In short, these two may look alike, but they are extremely different people.
This is going to make life very interesting for the next few episodes, and we can’t wait to see how he interacts with the team. However, it means that even if Miller wanted to stick around for the long term, it simply wouldn’t be the same. Doomworld Snart, Earth-X Snart, none of these guys are going to fill the hole left by the original (and the best) Captain Cold. Which means that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing that Citizen Cold isn’t going to be sticking around for the long term. It’s better to give him a great exit this season than to see a poor imitation of the snarky Snart around for seasons to come.
So Leo Snart is going to be part of Legends of Tomorrow for another few episodes at least; why did he decide to stay, and how will he likely make his exit? There’s a reason that he’s sticking around, and given that Earth-X is now left without Nazi leaders it will be chaos; and every hero will be needed on deck. So why is this uber-do-gooder not headed home in order to help The Ray fix things? We’re guessing that there is someone (or a doppelganger of someone) that Leo has some business with. That might well be Mick Rory himself, although from Heatwave’s recent reactions to both Leo and Leo’s stories of his own Earth-X counterpart, that may not be the case. Another possibility, of course, is Leonard Snart’s sister, the Golden Glider.
The last we saw of Lisa Snart (Peyton List), she was still alive and roaring around Central City on her bike, and hasn’t been seen in the Arrowverse for a while. On Earth-X, she may well be dead, and Leo might be staying on Earth-1 to try and find her, and even bring her home with him. He could also just be trying to recruit other heroes to help him on Earth-X (let’s be honest, they’ve got a big fight ahead of them), or it could be the time-travelling thing that is intriguing him. Everyone who discovers the Waverider has someone that they want to go back and save; could the upright Citizen Cold be hoping to use it on his own world? Whatever his reasons for staying put, it seems that he’ll have an episode or two more before heading back… or making another final exit. Given that he’s got someone waiting, and fans have already had to see him die once, we’re hoping for a simple return home, even if we’ll miss him when he’s gone.
Legends of Tomorrow will return in early 2018 after the midseason break.