For almost the entirety of Supergirl season 4, Red Daughter has waited in the weeds. This Russian counterpart to Supergirl was first teased at the end of season 3 and we’ve been waiting virtually ever since in order to understand both what she represents and also what the point of her in the larger scope of the season is. Now, we’re starting to get a good sense.
As a matter of fact, we’re also starting to sense that just about everything this season may have been a part of Lex Luthor’s plan to produce misinformation and do whatever he could to become the savior for all humanity — and the destructor of Kryptonians once and for all. Could he have been the real architect of the Children of Liberty? You can come to that conclusion given that he’s seemingly been behind Lena’s research without her even knowing it — he’s had a mole in her operation this whole time in Eve! He’s also been the one responsible for Red Daughter, as the promo below reveals. This is his weapon, one he has been preparing to use in some sort of battle against Supergirl. He’s going to be fighting fire with fire and using someone with power as a means to take down someone he considers to be one of his greatest threats.
For most of Sunday’s episode, the goal seems to be simply this: Finding a way to attach all of the connective tissue! The purpose of “The House of L” may not be to propel the story super-far into the future. Instead, it may be to connect more of the dots of the present and the past, to make it clear what Lex has been up to the better part of the past couple of years. he wasn’t just rotting away in a prison cell; instead, he was preparing for a grand plan that would deliver to him everything that he always wanted — power, control, and humiliation over Kryptonians, the people who previously humiliated him.
Lex is a character unlike any that we’ve seen on this show before — mostly in that he’s not altogether impulsive. Think back to most Big Bads on this show; a lot of them are acting in the now and even if they’ve had plans, something interfered with them. As of right now, Lex hasn’t even got to the point where he can execute all his plans1 We’re still in the beginning phases rather than the middle or the end and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next few salvos are … though to be fair, “looking forward” to them may not be the right way to explain things. We don’t want to see Kara or any of her friends suffer, but we do recognize that for every great hero, you need a great villain. If we are meant to recognize Supergirl as one of the most formidable characters in the Arrowverse, she needs a villain who can match her. Lex is that equal, just as horrible as she is good. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve is plan, even if it means killing millions in the process.
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