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Legends Of Tomorrow Season 6 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

Our heroes on DC's Legends of Tomorrow have done many things in their five seasons — they've traveled through time, faced off against figured from history, taken on fairy tale creatures, they've been to hell, gotten stuck in television shows and alternate realities, and they've all transformed into a gigantic stuffed animal named Beebo.

Suffice to say, one of the only places Legends of Tomorrow has not gone as a series is to well-trod ground. And after season 5 saw the Legends stop the god-tier Fates from controlling the destinies of all humankind, things changed again in major ways. Before season 5 even reached its finale, we'd already witnessed the final bow for long-running characters Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Nora Darhk (Courtney Ford).

The season finale episode "Swan Thong" wrote the original Zari (Tala Ashe) out of the equation, brought Zari's brother Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) back from the dead, and made Astra Logue (Olivia Swann) a part of the Legends team after spending a whole season trying to kill them. Not to be upstaged, the final moments of that episode found Captain Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) kidnapped by aliens.

With Sara in the wind and with Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) the only original Legend left aboard the Waverider, where does DC's Legends of Tomorrow go next? Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming sixth season.

What's the premiere date for Legends of Tomorrow season 6?

Change is afoot in the Arrowverse. Confirmation that DC's Legends of Tomorrow had been renewed for a sixth season came on May 14, 2020. Since that time, we've gotten confirmation that both Supergirl and Black Lightning's upcoming seasons will be their last, but it's not yet confirmed whether The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow will carry on.

What would have been the fall 2020 season for the entire CW slate of DC superhero shows wound up delayed to 2021. Supergirl's sixth season is delayed until the summer of '21 so that star Melissa Benoist can settle in with her newborn son. Conversely, despite Batwoman losing its lead, Ruby Rose, new star Javicia Leslie dove into her role as Ryan Wilder quickly enough for Batwoman season 2 to debut January 17, 2021.

So where does that leave Legends of Tomorrow? Production on Legends season 6 has begun. Star Caity Lotz confirmed as much on October 9, 2020, when she posted a video on Instagram of her first day back at stunt rehearsal. She also confirmed on December 11, 2020 that she was in process directing an episode. Then came the big announcement on February 24 that Legends of Tomorrow was gearing up to wreck your summer with a May 2 release date (via Digital Spy). Mark your calendars, because that one's official.

Who's in the cast for Legends of Tomorrow season 6?

We know some of the Legends are gone, but who's coming back? Our leads will return, meaning we can look forward to the continuing adventures of Caity Lotz as Sara Lance, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory, Nick Zano as Nate Heywood, Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Matt Ryan as John Constantine, and Tala Ashe as Zari Tarazi.

After holding down recurring roles, both Shayan Sobhian as Behrad and Olivia Swann as Astra return for season 6 as series regulars for the first time. Adam Tsekhman, who has long played comedy relief character Gary Green, has also been promoted to series regular.

Even more exciting, we've got some brand new characters joining the Waverider for season 6. Lisseth Chavez is on board as Esperanza "Spooner" Cruz, someone with the talent and the drive to defend the human race from space aliens. As it turns out, extraterrestrial life looks to be a significant part of Legends of Tomorrow's new season. ComicBook.com is also reporting that Aliyah O'Brien of Bates Motel fame has signed on to play the recurring role of Kayla, "a fearsome warrior with a high body count and low patience for human incompetence." Sounds about right for Legends of Tomorrow.

What will Legends of Tomorrow season 6 be about?

Season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow involved fate, the nature of choice vs. destiny, and how much one person can change the course of human history. Season 6 is about little green men — at least in part.

Co-showrunner Phil Klemmer revealed that there will be a "whole motley assortment" of aliens in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "If these were all Dominators, it would get a little repetitive," Klemmer said. "So we want to do the same thing we did for magical creatures but for aliens."

The goal, at least at first, is to let these aliens be bad guys to be defeated. However, Klemmer explains, "We'll find a way to humanize and find the emotional complexity of Marvin the Martian, and by the time we get to the finale, we'll have to spend like half our time realizing they weren't so bad, they were just misunderstood.

Of course, there's more than aliens to consider for the upcoming season — there's romance, too. The Legends sometimes seem like they are in a perpetual state of hooking up. Last season we saw Zari 2.0 and Constantine get together, and that story will continue. Klemmer admitted in an interview with TV Guide that "It's really hard to break stories [for Zari and Constantine] because when you have them fight, who's supposed to win?"

Not everyone is looking for love, however. Now that Nate has lost both Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Zari, he's gonna hit the proverbial showers for a bit. "I think he's probably just given up," says Klemmer. "He needs to pursue some platonic relationships."

About Spooner and Gary's future on Legends of Tomorrow

Two of the characters whose stories remain particularly open-ended are Esperanza Cruz and Gary Green — and there are some very interesting possibilities potentially in store for both of them.

While Gary is often seen as a joke, he's been a fierce warrior and even a dangerous villain over the years. One thing we don't know anything about is Gary's origins. How did he join the Time Agency? Why is he so prone to getting into mystical danger? We're meant to find out the answer to those questions in season 6 where Gary's origin story gets explored. As Entertainment Weekly reports, it's apparently "even more bizarre than you might imagine."

Cruz's horizons are no less broad. Apparently, she has — or, at least, believes she has – the ability to communicate with aliens telepathically. Furthermore, there's the matter of her last name. Fans are already speculating that she is (or is related to) Jessica Cruz — someone who just so happens to be part of the Green Lantern Corps. Since we know season 6 is going to go cosmic, there's every chance that Oa might be on the table.

We'll find out more when DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns for its sixth season in the summer of 2021.