Last night's episode of Supergirl dropped some serious bombs! Not only did we encounter a cyberneticallyenhanced Hank Henshaw, we also discovered the fate of Jeramiah Danvers and learned the shocking identity of Brenda Strong's character - Lillian Luthor!
In a recent interview with our friends over at CBR, Strong discussed Lillian Luthor's arc in the second season of Supergirl and what her evil plans are moving forward.
"First of all, I love the character and what they’ve done with her. I love playing with this relationship. It’s a very tricky relationship in a lot of respects, as a lot of mother/daughter relationships are. But, when you include the added twist that Lena is adopted, it creates a lot of tension of belonging and am I really a Luthor or not? And what is my role in this family?"
"There is a lot of psychology that needs to be worked out between these two. I don’t think it’s going to be wrapped up easily in one or two episodes. This is good ground to cover over many, many episodes because it’s a very complex relationship. I don’t think we know a lot about what Lena is thinking. That’s part of the enigmatic nature of the character. It’s pretty clear what Mama Luthor is thinking, so we are going to have to wait and see."
She even offered up a slight tease regarding Project Medusa, which was hinted at near the end of last night's episode when Hank invaded the Fortress of Solitude.
“Absolutely and that’s her intention. Her intention is to wipe out all alien existence on Earth. The Medusa Virus is the thing to do that.”
She would also go on to reveal just why Lillian Luthor hates aliens so much, and is so intent on purging earth of their existence.
“Mostly, it’s out of protection and vengeance for what she sees as the inequity of what Lex got in his multi-year sentence. She feels that was not a fair shake because Lex was a real Superman, as you heard her say. I think Lillian is trying to right the wrongs against her family, but I also think there is an underlying message about anything that is an “other” as a threat. We all project something that we don’t understand as a threat to us. Obviously the audience sees Superman and Supergirl as the heroic characters that they are. To her, they are a threat because they represent a power she doesn’t personally have. That’s where that vengeance streak comes in, which is to want to eradicate anything else from happening to her family. It’s like Mama Bear.”
Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8pm.
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