This week's episode of Legends of Tomorrow was a great hour of television, as the show is finally starting to find the right tone for a ragtag group of superheroes who time travel on a daily basis. There were tons of pleasing moments, like the debut of the OG super-team the Justice Society of America, but the episode also took an important step with Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) by promoting her to team leader. How will the solo assassin handle such new responsibility? According to Marc Guggenheim, really well actually.
As you start to see her become more and more comfortable in being the leader of this rag-tag group, it's so much fun to watch her. The character's embodying the role of a leader, Caity's performance really embraces it. It turns out to be one of the most successful things we've done in season 2.
Well, at least she can't be any worse than Rip Hunter. With Rip seemingly sacrificed himself to save the lives of his team, it was clear that someone needed to call the shots to keep the Legends in line. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that Sara's transition to team leader will be one of the strongest aspects of Season 2. It looks like she'll be easing into the role at first, before fully embracing her new position later down the line.
Sara's ascension to team leader is definitely an interesting arc for the character. Considering that she was originally a rogue assassin trained by the League of Assassins, having her suddenly finding herself in charge of such a close knit team makes a lot of sense; it really shows her growth from her debut on Arrow. Plus, Sara was really the only one who could do the job. She was already Rip's right-hand woman, so becoming the leader is a logical step.
Marc Guggenheim went on to say that just because Sara is now the leader of the Legends, it doesn't mean that they won't still search for Rip. That particular quest will often take a backseat to the larger plot at work, but in some episodes it will be in the foreground. The Legends have absolutely zero clues where Rip could be, with no method to actually track him down. They'll keep busy dealing with Reverse Flash and the Legion of Doom, but Guggenheim promised that fans will know what happened to Rip before the Legends will.
In any case, Sara will have her hands full this season. Not only is the Reverse Flash literally running around and messing time up, she'll also eventually have to deal with an alien invasion in the big four-part crossover later this season. You can watch all of that unfold when Legends of Tomorrow airs on Thursdays on the CW.