Supergirl star Chyler Leigh says that she, Melissa Benoist, and David Harewood arranged it so they could wrap together on the show’s emotional finale.
Supergirl star Chyler Leigh reveals that the filming schedule of the Supergirl finale was rearranged so all three original stars could wrap production together. Supergirl, which tells the story of Superman’s cousin Kara Danvers, began airing on the CW in 2015. Season 6 had to be split into two parts after delays arose due to the pandemic and star Melissa Benoist’s pregnancy. The concluding episodes of season 6, the final season of Supergirl, began airing on August 24th.
Season 6 sees Kara Danvers dealing with her return to Earth after being trapped in the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile, Alex Danvers’ (Chyler Leigh) girlfriend Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai), is poised to take over for her brother as Guardian. Also returning this season are Jeremy Jordan’s Winn and Chris Wood’s Mon-El. Although the Supergirl finale will likely air before the planned Arrowverse “Armageddon” crossover on The Flash, Leigh will be reprising her role on that episode as well.
Speaking with TV Line, Chyler Leigh teased the emotional finale and explained how the three original stars arranged the schedule so they could all wrap together. Originally, Melissa Benoist was set to wrap alone, as the last shot filmed would be an emotional monologue from Supergirl. Benoist, Leigh, and co-star David Harewood (who plays Hank Henshaw) saw to it that they could wrap together and savor that moment. She also teases that for the finale, viewers should, “have tissues, have popcorn, have tequila… whatever works for you.” Read the full quote here:
“[The finale] was all of the emotions. Obviously, there are a lot of storylines to wrap up, there’s a lot of hope for the future that we’re trying to set and so…. There was just a lot.
“You go on, and you think, ‘Oh, we have time.’ But it’s COVID and it’s weird. All this stuff is just totally different. [You] can’t hug people, can’t see people’s faces. It something that you’re so used to doing for the past five years.
“We were a hot mess. Everybody’s crying. Everybody’s grateful and so appreciative…. Each day, you’re saying goodbye to somebody.
“We have all sorts of crazy things that come out at us. Jon Cryer’s with us, and we’ve had so many wonderful people come in as our Big Bad. There’s a lot to wrap up in the few episodes left, so just get ready. Have tissues, have popcorn, have tequila… whatever works for you. Just be ready.”
Though the fates of the Supergirl characters remain unknown, the finale Leigh is describing certainly seems like it will be a doozy. “All of the emotions” were certainly driven by the fact that the show is ending, but from what she’s said it seems like fans should be prepared for the worst for some of their favorite characters. However, as she said, there is a future they’re setting up, so the end might not be as final as it seems.
One important thing to note is the power of the stars coming together to make sure they concluded the show as a unit. Television schedules can get incredibly complicated, especially with the added impediment of COVID-19 protocols (which have already created problems arranging the aforementioned Armageddon crossover on The Flash). Knowing this, it’s delightful to hear that the Supergirl cast fought to stay together like this through the end of production. It’s an important symbol to the fans that while the show might be ending, the bond between the team at the core of it isn’t going anywhere.