Supergirl season 6 episode 16: Kara struggles with dual identities

Supergirl -- “Nightmare in National City” -- Image Number: SPG616fg_0022r -- Pictured: Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supergirl -- “Nightmare in National City” -- Image Number: SPG616fg_0022r -- Pictured: Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Supergirl is heading into the home stretch of its final few episodes on The CW but the Girl of Steel seems no closer to resolving all her issues.

Kara has struggled a lot recently, not only with the trauma of being stuck in the Phantom Zone, but also with the appearance of Nyxly in National City. Kara has had trouble completing the gauntlets for all the totems she needs in order to beat Nyxly but she finally managed to get a few and even destroyed the hope totem in an attempt to stop Nyxly.

Unfortunately Nyxly has a new ally, Lex Luthor, so she’s more dangerous than ever. If all of that isn’t enough for Kara to deal with, all the pressure she’s under has brought up an old issue for her: whether she can really manage her dual identities and have it all.

Kara makes a tough choice on Supergirl

Since the early seasons of Supergirl Kara has always had a little trouble finding the balance between being Kara and being Supergirl. She’s gone through different stages in her attempt to find the balance, wondering if being Supergirl and having Mon-El was enough, trying to force down Kara and focus on being Supergirl, and at one point she realizes that Supergirl is what she can do but Kara is who she is.

This conflict was briefly brought up again when Kara went to Argo city and realizes that being out there in Space with Mon-El and her family she can just be who she is with no pretending, she can be Kara Zor-El. But other than that it seemed that this conflict had been put to rest, with Kara both acting as a reporter and still being Supergirl.

However, it seems the increased pressure from Nyxly’s presence in National City has opened this wound up again for Kara. Nyxly’s plans kept Kara preoccupied as Supergirl and unable to fully commit to her job as a reporter. She even says at one point that she feels like she’s always a step behind on everything and that she’s drowning.

In the end Kara makes a shocking decision. Kara gives William her big interview and spreads out the rest of her assignments between other coworkers and quits her job at CatCo. Given that reporting was always one of Kara’s passions it was a sad moment and honestly a little surprising.

I can see how a superhero might struggle between having a normal day job and keeping up with their superhero activities, but had this continued to be a constant thread in the last few seasons I think it would have been more powerful. For a while now it seemed like Kara had the balance of her identities under control, until suddenly she didn’t. It is also interesting to note that over on Superman and Lois her cousin Clark is now no longer a reporter either.

The abrupt return of Kara’s issues with her dual identities might have something to do with the return of a few old faces in the finale. Chris Wood and Jeremy Jordan will be returning as Mon-El and Winn Schott and they may present the answer to Kara’s identity crisis.

Given that the Legion operate in the future where everyone knows about Supergirl it wouldn’t be surprising if the return of Kara’s identity crisis along with the return of her best friend and former love result in Kara deciding to leave with them in the end to go to the future.

Kara leaving to become a Legionnaire in the future is a popular fan theory and it makes a lot of sense. Kara quitting her job means one less tie she has to the present and her going to the future easily explains why she won’t be in any future crossovers, especially since we know her sister Alex will be. Plus, Alex is starting her own family now will Kelly and it’s only fair to give Kara the chance to find her own happy ending too.

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Supergirl airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.