[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Legends of Tomorrow season 1.]
Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow left the show on a major cliffhanger. The team's mission to defeat Vandal Savage was successful, but Savage's co-conspirators, the Time Masters (not to be confused with Time Lords), left the Legends scattered throughout time.
The second season will presumably start off where the last one left off, although with plenty of different points in the timeline to choose from, "where the last one left off" is still very much open to interpretation. Ultimately the team will need to find a way to pull back together, despite time not being on their side. There will also be at least one new team member in the mix as well.
Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke to Collider during the TCA Summer Press Tour, and he offered some insight into where the season 1 finale left our heroes, and how season 2 will take that ball and run with it. For starters, the Legends will need to fill a void they helped create, and that sounds reminiscent of a mid-90s Jean-Claude Van Damme movie:
"We planted the seeds for this, at the end of last season, when in the season finale, Rip said, 'The Time Masters are gone. Someone else needs to protect history.' The Legends appointed themselves because we knew we wanted them to basically be acting as time cops. That’s fundamentally what they’re doing, and that structure, while loose, helps focus us."
The aforementioned new addition to the team is Vixen, and she joins from a different time period than the rest. Her background gives her a different perspective, but it also sounds like it will provide some comic relief:
"I think the thing that [Vixen] adds is her perspective as someone from the 1940s. She’s someone who is a lot more straight-laced, at first, than the rest of our Legends. The way we describe it is like someone from IBM going to work, in the early days, at Google and being like, 'Why do I need to ride around on a bicycle? Where are the offices?' She’s a humorous fish-out-of-water, but really, really tough, in her own right."
So with the end of season 1 leaving the Legends in the role of "time cops" and the addition of a World-War II era hero to the mix, how does the rest of the team fare with the transition? Guggenheim offered some additional insight into that as well:
"When we pick up with them, it’s six months later and they’ve been policing time for six months. Everyone is in a little bit of a different place. Sara has a secret agenda that relates to the death of her sister on Arrow last year. Rip is a little lighter. He’s no longer as burdened by the death of his wife and son. Ray is really enjoying being a time cop. He’s the one who aspires the most to be a hero, and he really likes this new gig that they have. Jax has come into his own, as the engineer and chief mechanic of the Waverider. He’s carved out a place for himself on the team that’s separate and apart from his relationship with Stein. Stein has become the theoretician of the team. And Rory is basically just trying to white-knuckle his way through the whole experience. He cannot, for the life of himself, figure out what he’s doing, as a member of a superhero team."
With season 2 featuring time cops, the Justice Society of America, the Legion of Doom, and Atom on a horse, it promises to be a very different season than the one that came before. There is a slew of new characters on tap for the second season, and no doubt a bunch of new time periods for them to visit. Add to that the crossovers planned between Legends of Tomorrow and The CW's other DC shows, and there will be a lot for fans to keep track of in the season to come.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same time slot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.