Though Supergirl won’t be returning until October, fans have already been given a bit of a spoiler about something they can expect to see — or rather not see, as Maggie Sawyer will survive season 3. This comes amidst a lot of fearful speculation amongst fans that Maggie might indeed be fatally written out of the show due to her portrayer, Floriana Lima, electing not to return as a series regular for the third season.
This is likely particularly comforting to fans due to Supergirl season 2’s finale featuring Alex Danvers, played by Chyler Leigh, proposing to Maggie. Despite only being introduced into the series within the second season, Maggie and Alex had developed a relationship across that time that culminated in this happy moment. With it being such a common trope for gay characters to be killed off in stories, a lot of fans undoubtedly feared the worst after news of Lima’s somewhat departure from the show.
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Andrew Kreisberg, one of the executive producers of the show, has already promised in speaking with EW that Detective Maggie Sawyer will not be getting killed off in the show’s upcoming season. Though Lima will not be a regular, Kreisberg does confirm that she will be a recurring character for at least the third season.
Supergirl does have many passionate LGBTQ fans who have been hoping to see more representation on the show, so this will likely be a sigh of relief to them. Though with Maggie guaranteed to feature less prominently in the show going forward, it has surely been a challenge for the team to figure out how to handle her character. Kreisberg says the story they’ve created will honor Maggie and Alex’s relationship and the loving bond that they do have. Though Kreisberg also calls Maggie’s journey in the upcoming season “some of the most heartbreaking stuff I’ve ever done on anything I’ve ever done.” What that entails remains to be seen, but there is at least a promise that Maggie will live on.
Whether Lima’s reduced role means that Maggie and Alex are going to wind up splitting up, additional executive producer Greg Berlanti has also confirmed that the show will continue to deal with Alex’s love life as well. So even if Alex and Maggie do not last, there is a promise that diverse characters and their stories will remain a part of Supergirl. Also, Kreisberg expressed his wish that given the opportunity, Maggie could be someone they bring back occasionally. So the future sounds pretty hopeful for her character and for all the fans of Supergirl.
Supergirl season 3 is scheduled to premiere on Monday October 9 at 8pm ET on The CW.