Emmy-winner Chad Lowe will direct and guest star on Supergirl season 3. This third run of The CW’s superhero show will see Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El continuing her adventures as National City’s premier protector. Benoist has already revealed that Kara will be “questioning” her human identity throughout season 3, in addition to dealing with the fallout of that “massive heartbreak” that occurred in the series' season 2 finale.
Supergirl's supporting players will have plenty on their plate in season 3 too. Winn has nabbed a “leadership role” at the DEO; Mon-El’s currently-unknown location will provide a “central mystery” for the season; and Kara’s adoptive sister Alex will be “at the center” of this fall’s huge crossover between Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Sadly, though, there are “no plans” for another musical event.
Now comes the news of Lowe’s involvement. The Pretty Little Liars, 24, Young Justice and ER alum has booked a fairly rare sort of slot on Supergirl: he will direct one episode and guest star in another. Lowe will appear onscreen in Supergirl season 3 episode 4, which is titled “The Faithful”. EW broke the news, and shared this information about Lowe's character:
“He’ll play Thomas Coville, a charismatic religious leader with a surprising connection to Supergirl — his cult basically worships the Girl of Steel. He’s a deeply spiritual man, committed to preaching his faith and transforming his followers’ lives.”
It will be interesting to see how Lowe’s Thomas crosses Supergirl’s path. As with any guest star, regardless of how harmless that character description seems, there’s definitely a chance that Thomas will end up unveiling a villainous side to his personality. Maybe fans will get to see Kara battling a man that worships her. It’s certainly hard to imagine her being comfortable with religious levels of adoration.
Lowe will later return to Supergirl’s Vancouver base to direct season 3 episode 7, building on his directorial experience from Pretty Little Liars, Bones and Brothers & Sisters. This episode has been given the title “Wake Up”, and that's all anyone knows about it at this stage.
The exact meaning of that moniker remains to be seen, then. Perhaps the episode will see the return of the Black Mercy plant (as unlikely as that may be), which traps its prey in a coma-like slumber while pumping them with lovely hallucinations. You’ll have to wait and watch to find out for certain.
Supergirl returns to The CW on Monday, October 9.