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Supergirl (season 5)
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Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Release
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06) –
present (present)
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The fifth season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El / Supergirl, premiered on The CW on October 6, 2019, and consist of 22 episodes. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the franchise. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment.

The season was ordered in January 2019, and filming began that June. Melissa Benoist stars as Kara, with principal cast members Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, and David Harewood also returning from previous seasons. They are joined by Azie Tesfai and Andrea Brooks, who were promoted to the main cast from recurring status in the fourth season, and new cast members Julie Gonzalo and Staz Nair.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
881"Event Horizon"Jesse WarnDerek Simon & Nicki HolcombOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)T13.218011.26[1]
After discovering Kara's secret identity from Lex before she killed him, Lena fights Kara in a virtual simulation, and has built an A.I. named Hope that she can talk to, as she no longer trusts anyone. Andrea Rojas acquires CatCo, replacing James as editor-in-chief, and decides to employ tabloid journalism to increase subscription numbers. Alex convinces Kara to tell Lena that she is Supergirl and Kara tells her at a party celebrating her Pulitzer Prize. Suddenly, the party is attacked by Midnight, a Phantom Zone prisoner who was locked away by J'onn on Mars for aiding White Martian attacks years prior. Kara reconciles with and reveals her identity to Lena before using the new suit Brainy created for her to stop a black hole Midnight opened and send her back to the Phantom Zone. While Kara shows more openness to Lena about her secret, Lena re-enters the simulation to vent; pledging to use Kara's trust to "fix mankind". James quits CatCo, refusing to support Andrea's sensationalist plans. It is later revealed that Midnight was released by J'onn's brother, Malefic, who vows revenge against J'onn, but J'onn does not remember having a brother. Elsewhere, Eve returns to National City on Leviathan's orders, but gets black-bagged.
892"Stranger Beside Me"David McWhirterDana Horgan & Katie Rose RogersOctober 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)T13.218020.97[2]
With Kelly's help, J'onn learns that his memories of the Martian Civil War have been altered, but that Malefic was in fact his brother and betrayed the Green Martians to aid the White Martians at that time. J'onn and Malefic receive immense pain whenever they attack one another due to a curse, which J'onn still suffers from, so he asks Kelly to soothe his pain using Q-waves, but Malefic secretly sees this and realizes Q-waves can help further him in his revenge against his brother. Revealed to have been the one who black-bagged Eve, Lena reveals that her plan is to use Andrea's technology to improve humanity by giving them Hope's altruism and loyalty. She talks to Eve about her betrayal and allows Hope to take over Eve's body. Kara chafes at her new work assignments, and rival reporter William seems to be on the trail of her secret identity.
903"Blurred Lines"Eric Dean SeatonLindsay Sturman & J. HolthamOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)T13.218030.92[3]
J'onn requests Nia's help in going deeper into his past, which reveals that he used his telepathy to erase his brother Malefic from his father's memory as the latter blames himself for Malefic's isolation due to his unstable power. Malefic attacks Kelly, who he tricked into revitalizing his suppressed mind control powers, but gets away after a confrontation with J'onn. Kelly is revealed to have developed a psychic link with Malefic when she returned his mind control powers; she can identify him in a shapeshifted form. Meanwhile, Kara, Alex, and James track down an alien with the ability to shoot cobwebs. They find the culprit in former special ops commander Caroline O'Connor, who is possessed by the spider-like Aurafacian symbiotes. Alex uses a device to suck off the Aurafacians on Caroline. However, she is later mysteriously killed by an unknown person before she can be taken into D.E.O. custody. Lena asks Kara to steal Lex's childhood journal, which is being stored in a federal facility, and discovers his research on mind control. Nia confronts Brainy about their relationship.
914"In Plain Sight"David McWhirterJay Faerber & Jess KardosOctober 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)T13.218040.95[4]
With Nia's help, Kara discovers that William is an undercover reporter who suspects that Andrea is a criminal. She prevents a new supervillain called Breathtaker from assassinating Elena Torres and has her remanded to the DEO. James and Kelly return to their hometown, which they find corrupted by the presence of a new prison, where people receive unfairly long prison sentences for minor crimes. They meet a teenager named Simon, who James helps in his mother's case. Malefic takes control of Alex, but she is saved by Kara and J'onn. Brainy and Nia reconcile their relationship and James leaves National City to take over his hometown newspaper. It is later revealed that Malefic was actually teleported into Lena's office instead of the Phantom Zone as Lena forges an alliance with him.
925"Dangerous Liaisons"Alysse Leite-RogersRob Wright & Daniel BeatyNovember 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)T13.218050.78[5]
Lena promises to help Malefic overcome his inhibition to kill J'onn in exchange for experimenting on him in order to duplicate his mental inception power. However, she reneges and uses the power to keep him in captivity. Kara and William pursue leads involving an assassin called Rip Roar, who William believes killed his friend Russell Rogers. Rip Roar steals a laser weapon from an Army base and uses it to launch a devastating flood, though Supergirl, J'onn, and Dreamer are able to prevent mass casualties and capture the assassin. It is later revealed that Rip Roar is Rogers, knows Andrea, and is under the control of Leviathan instead of the Rojas family as William had theorized. Andrea's launch of her VR product is successful, where Dey confronts a simulation of Andrea that he made. Andrea is visited by an elderly representative of Leviathan, who informs her about what happened to Rip Roar.
936"Confidence Women"Shannon KohliDana Horgan & Nicki HolcombNovember 10, 2019 (2019-11-10)T13.218060.84[6]
Flashbacks show how Andrea and Lena met, and how their friendship became strained. While searching for the acrata medallion, Andrea has her first encounter with Leviathan, who put her up to killing Governor Harper and Caroline O'Connor by telling her how said medallion works. To further their goals, Leviathan brainwashes Rogers into becoming Rip Roar to act on their behalf. In the present, Andrea is assigned to eliminate the captured Rogers, but her first attempt to break into the D.E.O. fails. She goes to Lena for help, so she sets up a fake break-in for Supergirl to investigate while she, as the masked Acrata, raids the D.E.O. headquarters once again with psychic tech; making off with Rip Roar even in spite of Supergirl's intervention. During the raid, Supergirl discovers the latter's connection to Leviathan. Andrea gives Lena the medallion and attempts to run away with Rogers, but a Leviathan operative kills him before another of their representatives meets with her. Though she says she doesn't have the medallion anymore, she's told that it merely activated her powers, which actually came from the darkness within her. Elsewhere, Alex and Lena independently continue to learn more about Leviathan.
947"Tremors"Andi ArmaganianJ. Holtham & Katie Rose RogersNovember 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)T13.218070.79[7]
The elderly Leviathan representative, Margot, fails to get the medallion back from Lena, forcing the organization to take action. J'onn begins to have visions of Malefic. When he asks the spirit of his father for help, he suggests J'onn should attempt to bond with his brother, no matter the outcome. The bond is successful, and Malefic forgives J'onn. Back at the D.E.O., Brainy discovers Leviathan's location and travels there with Alex while Lena and Kara search for a weapon in the Fortress of Solitude to defeat the organization. Suddenly, they are attacked by Rama Khan, a centuries old alien who can manipulate the Earth and agent of Leviathan. Kara manages to suppress Khan's powers, forcing him to retreat. Afterwards, Lena admits to Kara she killed Lex, knew her secret before she told her, and rants about how she broke her trust and deserves to feel her pain. Lena ignores Kara's attempts to reason with her and leaves her trapped in kryptonite gas.
958"The Wrath of Rama Khan"Marcus StokesLindsay Sturman & Jess KardosDecember 1, 2019 (2019-12-01)T13.218080.87[8]
Alex and Brainy save Kara from the Fortress' trap. Alex tells Kara that Lena is beyond redemption, but Kara disagrees. Meanwhile, Andrea joins Kara and J'onn in fighting Khan while Lena prepares to mind-control all of Earth with Q-waves. In response, the D.E.O. has Malefic use his own Q-waves to repel them. Kara subdues Khan before Andrea seals him in a tar pit before they attack Leviathan's hideout. After breaking up the fight, Andrea flees just as Gamemnae tells Khan she's in charge now. When Lena and Hope are discovered, the latter takes the fall as Eve and is arrested. Later, Malefic decides to return to Mars, and the Monitor reveals to J'onn that he brought Malefic to Earth to test him for the impending crisis, which he passed by reconciling with his brother. Unknown to anyone, the Monitor has resurrected Lex and is also preparing him for the crisis; fulfilling the latter's desire to become a hero in exchange for helping him with a favor involving Lena.
969"Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"[9]Jesse WarnStory by : Robert Rovner and Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Derek Simon and Jay Faerber
December 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)T13.21809[10]TBD
This episode begins a crossover event that continues on Batwoman season 1 episode 9, The Flash season 6 episode 9, and Arrow season 8 episode 8, and concludes on Legends of Tomorrow's special episode.

Melissa Benoist will direct the seventeenth episode of the season.[11]

Cast and characters[edit]

Guest[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed Supergirl for a fifth season.[27] Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner serve as the season's showrunners.[28]

Writing[edit]

Queller described the fifth season of Supergirl as the series' "Black Mirror season", with Rovner elaborating that "What we’re looking at is how technology is impacting the way people engage and giving them an escape not to engage. It seems like nowadays, everyone is kind of on their phones or not really present, and so we wanted to speak to that and kind of how it might be hard to live in the ugliness of what's going on, and how a character like Kara can try and help us overcome that." Melissa Benoist, who stars as Kara Danvers / Supergirl, said the season would be "a fight for [Lena Luthor's] soul", following Lex Luthor exposing to Lena that Kara, her best friend, is Supergirl.[29] Rovner said the rift between Kara and Lena was something the writers had been building towards for a number of years, with the fifth season serving as the "long-awaited payoff". Queller described "betrayal" as Lena's Achilles heel due to every member of the Luthor family having betrayed her in some way over the years: "She has to put on this protective shell, and the last person she thought would betray her was Kara, and that really hurts more deeply than any of the others".[30] The season also features the series' 100th episode; teasing this episode, Queller said, "Characters may reappear" while Rovner noted, "We want to treat the fans to an episode that serves the show's past."[31]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines and David Harewood return as Kara Danvers / Supergirl, James Olsen, Alex Danvers, Lena Luthor, Querl Dox / Brainiac 5, Nia Nal / Dreamer, and J'onn J'onzz respectively.[32] This is Brooks' final season;[33] his last appearance was in the episode "In Plain Sight".[34] Azie Tesfai, who was introduced as Kelly Olsen in the fourth season, was promoted to the main cast for the fifth season,[35] as was Andrea Brooks, who recurred as Eve Teschmacher since the second season.[36] They are joined by new cast members Julie Gonzalo playing Andrea Rojas and Staz Nair playing William Dey, an original creation for the series.[37] Jeremy Jordan, who starred as Winn Schott in the first three seasons and was absent during the fourth, will return as a guest star for a three-episode story arc.[25]

Design[edit]

The season introduces a new Supergirl suit which eschews the skirt seen in the older suit in favour of a full pant. Benoist and the showrunners said giving Supergirl pants was something they discussed since the first season.[28] Querl Dox is credited with creating a new microscopic motion-activator for the new suit that attaches to Kara's glasses and unleashes the suit when she whips off the glasses, resulting in Supergirl being fully-dressed in her costume.[18]

Filming[edit]

Filming began in late June 2019 at Vancouver.[38] The seventeenth episode of the season marks Benoist's directorial debut.[11] Filming is expected to last until April 14, 2020.[32]

Arrowverse tie-ins[edit]

In December 2018, during the end of the annual crossover "Elseworlds", a follow up crossover was announced titled "Crisis on Infinite Earths" based on the comic book series of the same name.[39] The crossover will take place over five episodes–three in December 2019 and two in January 2020.[40]

Broadcast[edit]

The season began airing in the United States on The CW on October 6, 2019.[41] It is set to run for 22 episodes.[42]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Event Horizon" October 6, 2019 0.4/2 1.26[1] 0.2 0.92 0.6 2.19[43]
2 "Stranger Beside Me" October 13, 2019 0.3/1 0.97[2] 0.3 0.84 0.6 1.81[44]
3 "Blurred Lines" October 20, 2019 0.2/1 0.92[3] 0.3 0.78 0.5 1.70[45]
4 "In Plain Sight" October 27, 2019 0.2/1 0.95[4] 0.3 0.83 0.5 1.78[46]
5 "Dangerous Liaisons" November 3, 2019 0.2/1 0.78[5] 0.3 0.80 0.5 1.59[47]
6 "Confidence Women" November 10, 2019 0.2/1 0.84[6] 0.2 0.74 0.4 1.58[48]
7 "Tremors" November 17, 2019 0.2/1 0.79[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "The Wrath of Rama Khan" December 1, 2019 0.2/1 0.87[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks is only credited for the first four episodes of the season.

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