Maggie Sawyer is safe.
Though actor Floriana Lima chose not to return as a Supergirl series regular, the character’s storylines will be resolved. But, as executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly, the resolution will not be fatal. “Maggie does not die,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of people are afraid of that.” Such pronouncements are necessary these days, especially in situations Supergirl, which inspired a passionate devotion over the moving storyline involving Alex (Chyler Leigh) initiating a relationship with Maggie; coming out to herself and to her family in the process.
The current television landscape is littered with the corpses of lesbian and bisexual women, murdered to motive series regulars. In fact, The CW faced a backlash when Jane the Virigin and The 100 killed gay women within a month of each other in 2016. So, when word first broke that Lima would only recur during Supergirl‘s third year, many assumed there was a target on Maggie’s back.
And while Maggie’s survival is good news, there is definitely some bad news coded in Kreisberg’s comments. “Taking a page out of some of our own personal dating history, we’ve come up with a story that we really feel like honors what’s come before them, and honors how much they love each other, how much they mean to each other, and how much they’ve changed each other’s lives,” he explained. Which sounds like a break-up is imminent.
That’s certainly a plausible conclusion to the Sanvers storyline. In fact, it’s down right realistic. Very few people get a lifetime relationship on the first try, so it is appropriate that Alex and Maggie might find some irreparable discord. And even though Supergirl is a fantasy with aliens and superpowers, it’s still built on recognizable human emotions and situations. Granted, not all of them turn into good storylines, but Alex and Maggie’s relationship has been one of the strongest. Hopefully, the end will maintain that tradition.
Lima will appear in the first five episodes of the season — at least — and Kreisberg hopes she’ll return one day. I imagine Sanvers fans hope for that as well.
Supergirl returns October 9th on The CW.