On the back of several other shows being axed, now comes the hugely disappointing news that Supergirl is to come to a close after its sixth season.
EW broke the news, revealing that the upcoming sixth season will be the show’s last. This will make Supergirl the second of The CW’s Arrowverse series to end, after Arrow wrapped up earlier this year following eight seasons.
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist took to Instagram to give her thoughts on this news:
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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. She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful. 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. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season. ♥️ el mayarah 💪 @supergirlcw
Beginning life as a CBS vehicle in 2015, Supergirl was initially completely separate from the standard world of the Arrowverse. That all changed towards the end of the series’ debut year when Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen ended up popping up for an episode due to breaching between worlds.
For its second year, Supergirl was moved to The CW and, despite being still on a different Earth to the main Arrowverse, Benoist’s Maid of Might would go on to pop up as a key part of each year’s Arrowverse crossover event. Of course, the Arrowverse as a whole was streamlined earlier this year as part of the stunning Crisis on Infinite Earths event that merged all alternative Earths into one single Earth.
After a so-so first season, Supergirl has gone on to be arguably the best of all of the Arrowverse offerings. Constantly embracing themes of superheroes, family, sexuality, racism, gender identity and so, so many more real-world issues, Supergirl has been phenomenal since really hitting its stride from its second year onwards.
To hear that Supergirl will be joining Arrow in ending is such sad news for genre fans, although there is still obviously the hope that Melissa Benoist’s Kara can make an appearance or two somewhere down the line – particularly with how all things ‘Super’ will continue on with next year’s Superman and Lois series. That show will see Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch picking up their Superman and Lois Lane roles already seen in the Arrowverse.
Supergirl’s sixth and final season will be made up on 20 episodes, with this final year to debut at some point in 2021.