INTERVIEW: ‘Supergirl’ Cast and EPs Talk Season 5

Supergirl will be going through some big cast changes in Season 5, especially when it comes to losing James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some exciting surprises in store for the lead up to “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” The cast and EPs shared some of what’s to come while at SDCC this Summer, and you can check out the interviews below:

One big change for Melissa Benoist, the titular Supergirl herself, is getting the chance to direct. She shared her experience shadowing on set in preparation, challenging that “every actor should shadow and go through prep, even if they’re not going to direct.” But her character’s life will stay on an even keel as both a hero and a journalist. “I think Kara will inevitably always be digging to expose truth and speak truth to power,” the actress said. “This year, we’re dealing a lot with technology,” which suggests that Kara may uncover sinister dealings in the tech industry.

Producer Sarah Schechter echoed Benoist’s sentiments. “We really think journalists are heroes,” she declared, as so the show would reflect that. As for Kara and Lena’s relationship? “Rough times ahead,” “choppy waters,” and “storms on the horizon” were the warnings we received.

Chyler Leigh and Azie Tesfai, who play Alex Danvers and Kelly Olsen respectively, are facing much smoother sailing in Supergirl‘s next season. When it comes to their romance, while they may hit a few bumps, Leigh was happy to report that “it’s just a matter of figuring out how those two pieces fit together.” Tesfai hinted that the two ladies would be teaming up “a little bit,” at the start of the season, but there would be more in the latter half. “Once the whole crossover happens… we get to see some cool stuff happen with the two of us,” Leigh teased.

As coy as they both were, they did unequivocally agree that Kelly and Alex are on the same page when it comes to kids. “Alex still wants kids, and it’s something that’s on Kelly’s radar as well,” Leigh promised. Kelly will also be “a big advisor to James” this season, according to Tesfai, helping him guide his life in a “tough but loving way.”

Tough but loving could also describe David Harewood’s character, J’onn, who “pretty immediately” dives into meeting his fellow martian. “It takes him awhile to figure it out, and there’s some torturous self-examination going on to figure out who it is.” The new character will be angry and a match for J’onn physically, which is something to look forward to.

Another plot to look forward to is Brainy and Nia’s romance, which Jesse Rath spoke a lot about. “The thing about Brainy is he can’t help but operate at 100% all the time,” the actor explained. “He’s going to struggle with letting himself be vulnerable with someone that he loves out of fear of hurting them.”

Supergirl‘s showrunners, Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner, expanded on the themes of the season. “We’re exploring how technology is literally changing the fabric of humanity,” Queller offered. “People tend to want to escape into technology, and that might be exploited against them.” Part of that storyline will revolve around Leviathan, which will be a “full season arc” that is doled out the way Red Daughter was.

Lena and Kara’s relationship will be one of the “central stories for the season,” as well. Hopefully the betrayal Lena feels can be overcome by the power of love.

Remember to catch the season premiere of Supergirl October 6th on the CW.