[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, Episode 15.]
Legends of Tomorrow fans received a shock in the season's penultimate episode, "Destiny." Unlike DC TV predecessor Arrow, which telegraphed an important character death from the very beginning of the season, Legends chose to spring it on viewers in the middle of a very intense team mission.
It wasn't the only shocking revelation. Former Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) learned that in addition to his bosses being in league with villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), they had been using the Oculus device to not only see time, but to actually manipulate Hunter and his team every step of the way. In a supposed endeavor to fend off an alien attack further in the future, they even engineered the death of Hunter's family as motivation for his "rogue" trip through time.
Finding out that all of their efforts had been doomed to fail from the start understandably shook the team to their core. Beginning with a pep talk from Ray (Brandon Routh) and valiant efforts from Snart (Wentworth Miller), Sara (Caity Lotz), and a returning Jax (Franz Drameh), our heroes completed their new mission to destroy the Oculus. That destruction required a sacrifice, however, and Snart was the one who ultimately chose to perish in the explosion. In the Arrowverse all things are possible, however, and this won't be the last we see of Snart on the show.
While he won't be a regular cast member on the Waverider next season, Deadline reports that actor Miller has signed a series regular contract with Warner Bros. TV. This means he'll be available for all DC shows produced by Greg Berlanti, which in the near future means The Flash (where his character originated) and Legends. Berlanti assures us that Miller will still have a "very active role" on the show, but Legends of Tomorrow's flexibility regarding team members opens the door to bring new characters into next season:
"One of joys and advantages is that it allows us to change in success who is on The Waverider and not. Flash and Arrow are very much about building one team, while there is an anthology element to Legends. Every year for this show people should expect a new adventure. There will be new teammates, a new big bad. Mixing and matching things is part of the fun of the show."
Next week's finale is supposed to introduce one of those new characters, a "mysterious DC hero" played by Suits star Patrick J. Adams. Legends of Tomorrow is also casting for two other team members, a "Han Solo-type" with superpowers and an elite female soldier from the 1940s, which could be versions of comic characters Citizen Steel and Lady Blackhawk, respectively.
While Snart at least earned an excellent death scene, one that completed his character's journey from villain to hero, Legends will suffer from his loss. His trademark sardonic delivery of cutting one-liners often lightened the mood in even the most serious scenes, and the shifting dynamics in his bromance with Rory (Dominic Purcell) and friendship with Sara were an entertaining aspect of the show.
The time travel aspect of the series means it will be easy to run into Snart in trips to the past, but blowing up in a time vortex might also keep the character in some other plane of existence, like The Flash's recent trip inside the Speed Force. Since Berlanti promises Miller will still have an "active role," fans can start looking forward to the moments when Captain Cold will make his snarky grand entrance back onto the show.
Legends of Tomorrow returns with the season 1 finale "Legendary" on Thursday, May 19th at 8pm on The CW.