Season 3 of The CW series Legends of Tomorrow will explore a new character arc with Sara Lance, the White Canary, as the character struggles with feelings of guilt and tries to take responsibility for her actions.
In season 2, the disappearance of Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) led the Legends to seek a new leader in Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), one half of Firestorm. When Stein decided that he wasn't up to the task, Sara (Caity Lotz) filled the role and led the Legends on several missions, culminating in a final battle with the Legion of Doom over the Spear of Destiny, a weapon of immense power. When the Legends failed to stop the Legion, Sara violated the most important rule of time travel by having the team interact with past versions of themselves. Though they succeeded in defeating the Legion, there was a tremendous cost. Their actions "broke time," resulting in an unknown amount of anomalies throughout spacetime that the Legends will have to fix in season 3.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim talked about Sara's role in the upcoming season and confirmed that despite being in a different place to start the season, the character will return as team leader. According to Guggenheim, Sara's decision in the season 2 finale, 'Aruba', will haunt the character, but this won't stop her from being "firmly in charge of the Legends."
"She’s found her place as the captain of the Waverider, so unlike last season where it was a little bit of a learning curve, she’s happy to be the captain. One of the things that hang over the whole year is the fact that she has some measure of responsibility for all the anachronisms that they are dealing with."
Some of the guilt mentioned by Guggeneheim could come into play when Rip Hunter returns to the fold. Rip never approved of breaking the cardinal rule of time travel, and fans can expect this to come up in the conversation when Rip and his new team, the Time Bureau, arrive to fix the problems the Legends created.
Though Rip won't be a villain, he'll certainly oppose the Legends' unorthodox methods. Considering Sara's friendship with Rip, it's hard to say how she'll respond if the character blames her for the time anomalies. In any case, it seems that Sara will have a lot to overcome if she hopes to repair the damage done to time, while also dealing with interference from Rip's Time Bureau.
Legends of Tomorrow season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 10, on The CW.