One of the actors thought to be leaving Legends Of Tomorrow after the season 4 finale will be returning for season 5 of the popular science-fiction superhero show, albeit in an entirely new role. It remains to be seen, however, if this new character will be an ally to the titular team of time-travelling misfits or a new enemy.
The season finale of Legends of Tomorrow, "Hey, World!" teased the potential deaths of most of the Legends at some point during the episode. In the end, however, there was only one casualty - Zari Tomaz, the team's computer expert and bearer of the Air Totem of Zambesi. The team's actions in thwarting the schemes of the demon Neron helped to avert the dystopian future of 2042 from which Zari had originally come. Though she was protected from the effects of paradox so long as she stayed on-board the team's timeship, Zari left the Waverider when she thought that her boyfriend, Nate Heywood, was about to die. Though Nate's life was literally saved by the power of love, it did nothing to protect Zari, who was replaced by her younger brother Behrad (who had died giving her the Air Totem in the original future timeline), as the timeline rewrote itself and none of the Legends were aware that Zari had ever existed.
TV Line reports that actress Tala Ashe, who plays Zari Tomaz, will return for season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow. However, those hoping for a time-spanning storyline where Nate searches the whole of history for his lost love will be sadly disappointed. According to Legends showrunner Phil Klemmer, "Tala will be returning to the show but Zari, the character we know and love, will not be."
This is not the first time that Legends of Tomorrow has retained an actor for its ensemble after writing their character out of the series. Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who played the role of Amaya "Vixen" Jiwe in seasons 2 and 3 of Legends of Tomorrow, returned in season 4 playing the shape-shifter Charlie, who coincidentally became stuck in the shape of Amaya after a battle with the Legends. It's entirely possible that Ashe could return as an ancestor or descendant of Zari, who could be a new friend or foe of the Legends.
Another possibility is suggested by Klemmer's curiously specific wording. When he says that "Zari, the character we know and love" is not returning, that doesn't mean that a version of Zari we don't know and love might not join the cast. It would be the height of irony if Zari were reintroduced to her former friends with a personality and skill-set entirely different than that of the snarky hacker and survivalist out to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of a fascist government that they once knew. Indeed, a cheerful, perky Zari Tomaz might be even more horrifying to fans of the show than season 5's proposed plotline involving history's greatest villains being released from Hell to walk the Earth again.
Source: TV Line