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Supergirl Will Be 'More Powerful' Than Ever In Season 3

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Supergirl season two. 

Supergirl fans know that Kara (Melissa Benoist) faced a tragedy at the end of the show's second season, when a device that forced all Daxamites off planet Earth was set off, sending Mon-El (Chris Wood) into space. Six months later, when the third season of Supergirl picks back up, Kara isn't feeling so super anymore, still struggling with the loss of someone she cared about so deeply. But, according to the show's executive producer, there's a certain type of strength in that pain. 

Variety spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg to discuss Kara's inner turmoil and how she'll emerge from it. "She's definitely turned inward. The theme of the season is really 'is it better to be alien, or better to be human?' and when we pick up with her six months after the season two finale, she's decided it's better to be an alien," Kreisberg explained. "She's systematically pushing people away and embracing being Supergirl."

He then stated that "Supergirl has never been more powerful or more of a hero" in the upcoming season. But unfortunately, this power it comes at a price: "Kara has never been less of a good sister [or] friend [or] employee."

Kreisberg continued, explaining that the Supergirl creatives wanted to explore how Kara has "always been dealing with loss" throughout her entire life. "The thing that makes her more interesting to me than her cousin Superman is that she remembers Krypton. She was 13 years-old when she saw her mother and father die and her friends die and her planet explode. You start to wonder how much loss this woman can take before she begins to wonder if the problem is she's caring about people too much," he said. "We have an episode this season of a flashback to the girls in high school, and it shows that this is something she's been dealing with her whole life."

These new comments link up to ones Benoist made last week. "She's really fragile at the top of the season, but only people closest to her will see that, because she's almost solidified on the exterior and is really trying to push down whatever pain she's felt about losing Mon-El," the actress said of her character's shift in disposition, describing the change as a "dark turn." Benoist added, "In turn, she has made this massive decision to say goodbye to her humanity and really embrace being an alien. We hear her say quite a bit in the first five episodes, 'I'm not a human, I come from a different planet, so this doesn't apply to me.'"

Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to see how things unravel for Kara, as Supergirl season three premieres on October 9 at 8 p.m. on the CW.