Spoilers ahead for Episode 5 of Legends of Tomorrow Season 4, called "Tagumo Attacks!!!"
Legends of Tomorrow delivered a Darhk twist at the end of Season 3 when Damien Darhk died but Nora Darhk escaped the Time Bureau thanks to the gift of the time stone from Ray. In theory, Nora was to stay out of the limelight in Season 4 lest she be apprehended by the Time Bureau and locked up for her crimes when she was under her father's (and Mallus') influence. Ray brought her back into the action in "Tagumo Attacks!!!" when Constantine needed some magical assistance.
Given that Nora had been working as a waitress at a renaissance fair to avoid using her magic and therefore risk falling into darkness like her father, she was reluctant to engage in a kind of magic that usually requires the draining of a life force. Ray found a technological substitute for life force, but it was still dangerous for Nora. Ultimately, she decided to use her magic to save Constantine, then used the time stone to travel to the Time Bureau, where she was immediately arrested.
Ray was shocked at her decision, but Nora was determined to pay for her crimes and perhaps start to redeem herself. The decision could be quite impactful for the rest of the season. Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer, had this to say about the lasting effects of Nora's twist decision:
Nora may have made her decision for altruistic reasons, but that doesn't mean she won't benefit from it in the long run. Her decision to risk her own recovery by helping Constantine when he certainly would have died means that the Legends will have reason to give her the benefit of the doubt and eventually trust her. Admittedly, Constantine is still a reluctant member of the team who isn't falling all over himself to make it official. Still, Nora can likely count the Waverider crew as her allies moving forward.
Ray's faith in Nora almost certainly played a role in her feeling the strength to save Constantine without falling into darkness, and it's difficult to imagine her turning herself into the Time Bureau if not for how he helped her. Unfortunately for Ray, who has clearly (and endearingly) been smitten with Nora, turning herself into the Time Bureau means no more spur-of-the-moment adventures with the Legends.
Brandon Routh went on during CinemaBlend and other outlets' visit to the Legends of Tomorrow set to say this about the future of Ray and Nora:
The course of true love never did run smooth, but that course can be altered when it comes to the Legends! Ray won't let a little thing like Nora's incarceration by the Time Bureau put a stop on their funny little relationship, no matter how it develops. Although Brandon Routh didn't drop any details about Ray's visits to Nora, we can apparently expect shrinking to play a part. Fortunately, Courtney Ford, who plays Nora and just so happens to be married to Brandon Routh, shared a bit more information.
According to Courtney Ford, Nora and Ray will start writing each other letters. It sounds like their relationship should be a bright spot for both characters, which can only be a good thing for Nora now that she's no longer free. Ford elaborated on what it means for Nora to have made her decision to turn herself in:
Using her magic to save somebody who hadn't been able to save her was a bold and brave move by Nora, and it bodes well for her continued development throughout the season. It's also a good sign that Nora seems aware of how unhealthy her relationship with her father had been. As long as she can distinguish between good and bad dynamics, there are reasons to hope that her recovery will be ongoing.
The question that remains is whether she really can continue the recovery process. A lot may depend on the goings-on at the Time Bureau. "Tagumo Attacks!!!" revealed a dark side to the Time Bureau, and we can only cross our fingers that the darkness there doesn't infect Nora. Courtney Ford shared her thoughts on Nora's process:
Tune in to The CW on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET to find out what's in store next for Nora, Ray, and the rest of the Legends on Legends of Tomorrow. The Legends won't be part of this year's big multi-show crossover, but they'll have an event of their own to keep the action going. For more viewing options in the not-too-distant future, check out our midseason TV premiere guide.
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