DC's Legends of Tomorrow EPs Talk Swan Thong: Zari, Charlie and More

While The CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow may have shuffled off for a well-deserved bit of hibernation, that doesn't mean there isn't time to squeeze in a little look behind-the-scenes at how it all wrapped up and how things look heading into the sixth season. Our Legends were able to destroy the Loom of Fate, take down Lachesis' (Sarah Strange) crew of nasty Encores (to the tune of guest star Sisqo's "Thong Song"), and save the day. But not without some losses along the way: with Zari 2.0 (Tala Ashe) now a part of the team, that meant saying goodbye to Zari 1.0 (Ashe); as well as Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), offer to other adventures within the Arrowverse. We also lost Sara (Caity Lotz) to a bunch of pushy aliens who abducted her under the Legends' noses (way to keep your eyes on the ball, folks). Now, executive producers Grainne Godfree and Keto Shimizu are offering their insights in what made this finale work:

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Legends of Tomorrow — "Swan Thong" — Image Number: LGN515a_0012b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Olivia Swan as Astra, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Tala Ashe as Zari and Shayan Sobhian as Behrad Taraz — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

So with thoughts now turning towards the sixth season, what can series co-showrunner Phil Klemmer tell us about those pesky aliens set to menace our Legends? While it's still too early for specific details, he sees the season's "big bads" as a way of streamlining the season's storyline mythology. Considering just how deeply complex this season's narratives became, the change is a welcome one: "I think we like them because on the surface they were so stupid. You get to this fatigue at the end of a season where your mythology becomes very complicated and your bad guys' plans, you know, take a lot of explanation and they become a little heady when you start talking about free will and Fates, and you're just looking for a palette cleanser, " Klemmer explained. "To think about little green men with laser guns who just want to rule the world, you know, Marvin the Martian kinda shape, you're like, "Yes, that's what we need!" Not having to understand who our villains are on any kind of emotional scale means we can focus on the emotional stories of our characters, but then it's just a story of how do we kick these guys' asses."

That said, Klemmer reassures viewers that the writers will be giving the Looney Tunes homage layers to their story: "I'm sure, guaranteed, that we'll find a way to humanize and find the emotional complexity of Marvin the Martian [laughs], and by the time we get to the finale, we'll have to spend like half our time realizing they weren't so bad, they were just misunderstood. At this moment, we want to keep it real simple so that we can find the complexity with our characters. We'll totally screw it up, I'm sure."

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Legends of Tomorrow — "Swan Thong" — Image Number: LGN515c_0473b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Olivia Swan as Astra, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave and Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz as Sara Lance aka White Canary, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer aka Atom, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory aka Heat Wave, Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood aka Steel, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Charlie, Tala Ashe as Zari Adrianna Tomaz, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk, and Olivia Swann as Astra Logue. Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, Keto Shimizu, Grainne Godfree, and Sarah Schechter executive produce. Bonanza Productions Inc. produces, in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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