Supergirl finale: The issues with Kara’s ending on Supergirl

Supergirl -- “Kara” -- Image Number: SPG620a_0950r -- Pictured (L-R): Chris Wood as Mon-El and Melissa Benoist as Supergirl -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supergirl -- “Kara” -- Image Number: SPG620a_0950r -- Pictured (L-R): Chris Wood as Mon-El and Melissa Benoist as Supergirl -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Supergirl has wrapped it’s sixth and final season on The CW, with the two part finale bringing a close to the story of Kara Danvers and the Super Friends. Until they pop up in other Arrowverse shows that is.

The final season of Supergirl found our titular heroine trapped in the Phantom Zone only to return home and immediately be thrust into a race against the Fifth Dimensional Imp Nyxly to collect seven totems to assemble something called an All Stone. Suffice it to say she hasn’t had an easy time.

Now everyone knows that writing the ending of a story is the hardest part. There are so many different pieces to pull together and it’s almost impossible to make everyone happy. So how did Kara’s story end in Supergirl?

Kara embraces both of her identities in Supergirl

One of Kara’s big struggles, especially this season, has been how to reconcile her two identities as Kara and Supergirl. She ended up quitting her job as a reporter for CatCo because she felt she couldn’t fully be present there when she was constantly running off to be Supergirl and keeping her identity a secret. It’s also the reason why she couldn’t pass the gauntlet for the courage totem.

Going into the finale I think most fans expected that Kara would eventually collect all the totems and defeat Nyxly and Lex, so the big question was how Kara would resolve her more personal issue of having two separate parts to her identity. And the finale answered that question, though perhaps not in the way everyone wanted.

Once the big battle is won with a little help from some old friends – it was so good to see Winn and Mon-El back, they were  definitely missed – Kara is left to really think about what she wants from life. Her sister Alex is happily married, J’onn is going to have a son in the future, Winn and Mon-El are part of the Legion in the 31st Century, it seems like everyone knows who they are and what they want. Except Kara.

Further complicating Kara’s introspection is an unexpected call she receives from her old mentor Cat Grant. Surprise! Cat has purchased CatCo back from Andrea Rojas and offers Kara a job as editor. Which is basically her dream job. But Kara’s doubts about whether she can maintain being both Kara and Supergirl remain. So much so that Kara almost declines the job.

However Cat Grant with her usual wisdom had exactly the advice Kara needed to hear. She blatantly tells Kara that she knows she is Supergirl, even making a joke about her glasses not being a good disguise. And she wonders that if Kara and Supergirl could do such extraordinary things separately, what could they accomplish as one? And thus pushes Kara to remove the problem of dual identities and reveal herself to the world.

In the end Kara removes her glasses and leaves them behind and we flash forward to Cat Grant interviewing Kara as CatCo’s new editor, and Kara revealing to the world that she is Supergirl. So in the end Kara’s happy ending was just being at peace with herself and being allowed to live with both sides of her identity in the open.

Supergirl — “Kara” — Image Number: SPG620fg_0071r — Pictured (L-R): Chris Wood as Mon-El, Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supergirl — “Kara” — Image Number: SPG620fg_0071r — Pictured (L-R): Chris Wood as Mon-El, Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

The issues with Kara’s happy ending on Supergirl

While I am thrilled that Kara is happy and didn’t end up dying or losing her powers, there are a few issues with the way her story wrapped up.

One major issue is that I am fairly certain the 100th episode of this show gave a glimpse of what would happen if Kara revealed her identity and it wasn’t good. Keeping her identity secret was always meant to keep those around her safe, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything to make us believe that that is no longer necessary.

This ending for Kara also leaves the Arrowverse with a huge problem. In any future crossovers or crises, how will they explain Supergirl’s absence? Unless Melissa Benoist is willing to consistently return and suit up again they are going to need to find a way to explain why Kara won’t be around to help her cousin Clark, or Barry, or any of the other superheroes who will inevitably need help at some point. Especially since her sister Alex will be around to help the Flash in the upcoming Armageddon crossover event.

The final issue with Kara’s ending is that they never addressed Kara’s struggle in the early seasons of whether she can truly have it all. Revealing her identity as Supergirl may solve her professional woes and allow her to be both a reporter (now editor) and Supergirl, but Kara has always wanted more than that. She made it clear from the early seasons that she wanted it all, being Supergirl, a  great career, and love. Except she is now the only main protagonist in the Arrowverse to be left without love. And it doesn’t seem fair that only Kara would not be allowed to find love in the end.

The solution to all of these issues would have been Kara leaving in the end to join the Legion in the future. She is already famous in the future and Mon-El mentioned in previous seasons that they no longer need to hide who they are in the 31st century, so Kara would be free to be herself. She would also be with Mon-El and thus give her another chance at love. And it would be the most plausible explanation for why Supergirl would not be around to provide assistance.

While her ending may not have been perfect, or exactly what everyone hoped, I think most of us are grateful that the Girl of Steel is at least still alive and well and seemingly happy. She lives on to superhero another day and perhaps we’ll see her in another Arrowverse crossover at some point.

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What did you think of Supergirl’s finale? Were you happy with how it ended? Will you miss the Girl of Steel? Let us know!