Actor Jeremy Jordan - who has been a part of the cast of Supergirl since its first season on CBS - will be appearing less often as the series goes into its fourth season. The actor's role on the popular superhero show has been downgraded from series regular to recurring character.
Jordan plays the role of Winslow "Winn" Schott, who was introduced in the series' pilot as an information technology technician at Catco Worldwide Media and one of Kara Danvers' few friends. Winn was the first person to learn about Kara's secret identity as Supergirl and the first to help her in her secret life as a superhero by monitoring the news and designing a costume for Kara to wear in combat. In the second season, Winn left Catco to take a job with the Department of Extranormal Operations - a covert wing of the United States government tasked with fighting hostile aliens. It was here that Winn began to thrive, building the technical tools and weapons that Supergirl and the DEO needed to confront strange new threats, though his nerdy sense of humor often annoyed his co-workers.
TV Line broke the story on Jordan's downgrade. It is unknown at this time if Jordan requested a reduced role on the show in order to pursue other projects, in much the same way that Willa Holland had her appearances on Arrow reduced before her departure from the series. It is known, however, that the reasons for Winn's reduced presence will be made apparent in the upcoming finale of Supergirl's third season.
"We love Jeremy, and even though he’s [not going to be around full-time], we’re not saying goodbye to Winn at all," executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller told TVLine. "We’re already breaking big stories for him right now for the fall, and I think the fans will be excited to see what he has coming up."
The idea that Winn may be leaving the DEO as part of an effort to take the first steps to "fulfilling his full potential," as Rovner and Queller put it, does cast an odd light on another shocking bit of casting news. It was previously reported that Jesse Rath - who plays the role of Legion of Super-Heroes member Brainiac-5 - will be returning to Supergirl as a series regular in season 4, after appearing as a recurring character in Season 3. Given that both characters fill a similar niche, being both comic-relief and technical geniuses, it makes sense that "Brainy" be used to fill the void left by Winn's departure. Why the 31st century super-genius would agree to spend more time trapped in the painfully primitive past makes less sense, but an answer will surely be provided - perhaps as soon as the Season 3 finale of Supergirl?
While it will be sad to see Jeremy Jordan less often on Supergirl, the honest truth is that his role had already been reduced as Season 3 had progressed. Reportedly this was due to Jordan's theatre touring schedule, though the show did still find time to give him moments in the sun, such as the powerful episode where Winn reconciled with his estranged mother. Hopefully Winn will continue to appear when Jordan is available. And who knows? Maybe we'll finally get an answer regarding whatever happened to Winn's girlfriend, Lyra.
Supergirl's season 3 finale airs June 18 at 8PM EST on The CW.