It seems Earth-Prime wasn’t big enough for two cousins from the House of El.
TVLine reports Supergirl‘s upcoming six season will be its last. The news is something of a surprise to watchers of the CW’s line of superhero shows. But with Superman & Lois set to debut early in 2021, Kara Danvers’ (Melissa Benoist) swan song may not be so unexpected. See also: the show’s absence from the DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse event.
Over on Instagram, Benoist told her followers, “To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.”
Pivoting from a CBS drama to a CW superhero show, the program weathered key staff changes to depict a defining relationship for Kara’s adoptive sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and the arrival of classic Legion of Superheroes characters Mon-El (Chris Wood) and Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath). It also pulled from LSH history to create Nia Nal (Nicole Maines), TV’s first transgendered superhero, and gave Earth-Prime its very own Lex Luthor in the form of Jon Cryer.
Stopping short an episode due to the COVID-19 pandemic last season, the series will likely resolve its ongoing Leviathan storyline quickly before moving onto a new threat. As it happens, the program originally intended to bank some Season 6 episodes to accommodate Benoist’s family leave. But as the pandemic change everyone’s plans, Supergirl moved into a mid-season slot on The CW with production expected to being on its final 20-episode order in the next few weeks.
“I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store.” Benoist continued. “I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”
Supergirl returns one last time to The CW in 2021.