There's a lot of things to love about the changes and new characters in Supergirl Season 2. Since the move to The CW, the show has really come into its own, with a tighter central storyarc, relevant real-world themes, and compelling character development. Surprisingly, one of the best new characters is Mon-El, whose his comic timing and nuanced characterization is always spot-on, as are his cheekbones.
The amicable yet roguish Daxamite has challenged Kara in interesting ways, mostly because he doesn't quite share her opinion on how he should use his new powers. But as their relationship develops, it seems there's a potential road block in their future — and that's the secret Mon-El alluded to in Episode 7.
Mon-El clearly has some survivor's guilt, but that might not be the only thing that's gnawing away at him. Something has seemed just a little bit off about his apparent origin story, and he's definitely not telling Kara the whole truth. So what exactly is he hiding?
Not A Guard But A Prince
Claiming to be one of the palace guard, Mon-El told Kara that the prince of Daxam sacrificed himself so that Mon-El could survive Daxam's destruction. We even saw this version of the story play out on the screen. However, something doesn't add up here — after all, why would a palace guard need to be trained in the art of hand-to-hand combat? And yet, Mon-El didn't know how to fight until Kara taught him.
So what if Mon-El was really the prince, not the palace guard? This would also go a long way to explaining his fun-loving and charming persona, not to mention his sense of entitlement and ego-based morality. If this is the case, then Mon-El would have lied to Kara about how he left Daxam, though it seems likely that the scene he described did play out, just with the roles somewhat reversed. We can't really fault Mon-El for lying about his identity — he had just woken up on an apparently hostile alien world, to be fair — but there's no doubt that this secret will cause tension between him and Kara.
Of course, Mon-El being the prince is not the only possibility for what his secret is. It could be he wasn't a palace guard at all, or that he betrayed the royal family early on, or that there's another reason for how he survived Daxam's destruction. Whatever the answer, this is all going to be coming to a head pretty soon, as Mon-El finds himself a hunted man in the first episode after the Season 2 hiatus.
As executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed to Entertainment Weekly, Mon-El's secret will be a crucial part of the episode "Supergirl Lives".
“Secrets are never healthy in a relationship and obviously Mon-El is holding onto something. We got a little taste that his life on Daxam might not be as over as we think from the glimpse of the space farers, who are on the hunt for him. So it will definitely play a big part in [Kara and Mon-El's] relationship moving forward.”
Could these "space farers" be after some kind of royal ransom for Mon-El? Or have his roguish ways caused him trouble in the past? The possibilities are vast, but at least we don't have long to wait until we find out, as #Supergirl returns next week on January 23rd.
What do you think Mon-El is hiding?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]