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Supergirl Producer Promises 'Maggie Will Not Die'

This article contains spoilers for the second season of Supergirl

The best romance in the universe of CW superhero shows may be coming to an end, but it won't be because of tragedy, promises a show producer in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"Maggie does not die," said Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer for Supergirl. "I'm sure a lot of people are afraid of that. Maggie will continue to exist in the world and we hope that if the opportunity presents itself for her, that she'll come back from time to time."

Maggie here, of course, is Maggie Sawyer, the National City police detective played by Floriana Lima, one half of a romance with Alex Danvers, Supergirl's human sister. The love plot, and Alex's journey of self-discovery as a gay woman, took up a major arc during the show's second season, culminating in a marriage proposal in the second season's finale. 

So imagine fans' dismay when it was announced that Floriana Lima would no longer be starring in this corner of the Arrowverse, leaving behind the full-time work for other projects while maintaining a recurring role.

"Unfortunately, Floriana decided to move on, which left us with, how do we write her out as a regular while still honoring these two women who were deeply in love with each other?" said Kreisberg, discussing the dilemma writers faced having to change up the relationship after having set the two up for a long future together. 

"Taking a page out of some of our own personal dating history, we've come up with a story that we really feel like honors what's come before them," Kreisberg said. "And honors how much they love each other, how much they mean to each other, and how much they've changed each other's lives. It's some of the most emotional stuff we've ever done, and Floriana has been so good in these first five episodes."

It's an encouraging sign that the setback turned into a way to fuel the story for the writers, who will not be taking the cheap route of killing off a beloved character to allow her actress an exit from the show. However they manage to do it, it sounds like it'll be respectful and worth watching. Still a supersized disappointment, though.

The third season of Supergirl premieres on the CW October 9, and you can watch the trailer for the new season here. To help while away the time before the return of all the shows in the Arrowverse, check out our feature on what the cast of Arrow should really look like.