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There's no denying that Supergirl soared to new heights last season. With the exception of Cat Grant's absence, Season 2 managed to outdo Season 1 in almost every way possible, giving us new characters, bigger threats and groundbreaking storylines. But all that was capped off by a stunning two-part season finale that saw an alien invasion, Supergirl vs. Superman, and TV legends Teri Hatcher, Lynda Carter and Calista Flockhart exchanging fierce insults. However, that finale also left us with countless questions about Season 3, and the fate of certain characters.

With the debut of Supergirl's third season on the horizon, The CW has released both a new trailer and new photos from the season premiere, "Girl of Steel." Check out the trailer below:

The epic trailer gives us a preview of what we can expect from Season 3. And it appears that in the wake of Mon-El's departure, the Girl of Steel is going to exorcize herself of the Kara Danvers persona altogether, devoting her time to saving National City as Supergirl instead.

However, some eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted Mon-El in the trailer. The character is briefly seen as he embraces Kara in a field. Judging from the heavenly setting and their white clothes, it's quite possible that this may be a dream sequence.

Mon-El is back in the 'Supergirl' Season Premiere. [Credit: The CW]
Mon-El is back in the 'Supergirl' Season Premiere. [Credit: The CW]

Dream sequence or not, this footage finally confirms that Chris Wood will be back as Mon-El this year. After the character disappeared into a space wormhole last season, fans were left wondering if we had seen the last of him. But it appears that he will be back, and that's undoubtedly a great thing.

If the new trailer isn't enough to satisfy you until the show's return in October, check out these brand new photos from the season premiere.

Erica Durance Has Arrived

Erica Durance debuts as Alura Zor-El. [Credit: The CW]
Erica Durance debuts as Alura Zor-El. [Credit: The CW]

Undoubtedly the biggest talking point of the new photos is the return of Kara's mother, Alura Zor-El. While this might not seem like that big of a deal as the character pops up quite frequently on the show, the season premiere will mark Erica Durance's debut in the role. The actress is no stranger to lore, as she is best known for portraying Lois Lane on previous CW series .

Moreover, she has been a regular presence on TV since then, starring in the Canadian drama Saving Hope, which just wrapped its final season in August. Now, she sets her sights on National City, as she returns to the world of .

The former Lois Lane actress is replacing Laura Benanti. [Credit: The CW]
The former Lois Lane actress is replacing Laura Benanti. [Credit: The CW]

Durance is replacing Laura Benanti, who played the role of Alura (and her twin sister, Astra) during the show's first two seasons. Thus, it will be interesting to see if she portrays the villainous Astra at all. While unlikely, as the character is dead, it would be awesome to see The CW making full use of Durance's talent by having her play both roles at some point.

Is Kara seeing a vision of her mother? [Credit: The CW]
Is Kara seeing a vision of her mother? [Credit: The CW]

While we caught a brief glimpse of the new Alura in the Comic-Con trailer, these new photos, coupled with the new trailer, have shed some light on her role in the premiere. As she is standing in the same field that Kara and Mon-El embraced in, it's likely that both her and Mon-El will be figments of Kara's imagination, as she deals with the loss of her boyfriend.

No matter what capacity she appears in, it's absolutely fantastic to see the talented Erica Durance back on our screens, interacting with some of our new favorite superheroes.

Girl Of Steel Celebration Gone Wrong

National City celebrate Supergirl. [Credit: The CW]
National City celebrate Supergirl. [Credit: The CW]

Let's be honest, Supergirl's purging of her human identity sounds like a terrible idea. After all, we saw Clark Kent do the same thing in Smallville Season 9, and Barry Allen tried it in the second season premiere of The Flash; neither of those were successful.

However, speaking of The Flash's Season 2 premiere, it appears that, much like Barry in that episode, Kara's consistent superheroic efforts will see Supergirl honored at a "Girl of Steel" celebration ceremony.

Supergirl and Martian Manhunter observe the craziness. [Credit: The CW]
Supergirl and Martian Manhunter observe the craziness. [Credit: The CW]

But the parallels to The Flash don't stop there, because the photos suggest that the ceremony won't go according to plan, and that something terrible happens during it. While that crucial plot point isn't revealed, we do know that Supergirl, J'onn, Alex and Maggie will be swooping in to save the day.

Maggie and Alex will be on hand to help during the shocking event. [Credit: The CW]
Maggie and Alex will be on hand to help during the shocking event. [Credit: The CW]

Speaking of Maggie, it's great to see Floriana Lima back for the season premiere. The actress was a series regular last season, and portrayed one half of the beloved Sanvers (along with Chyler Leigh's Alex). The recent announcement that she would only be returning in a recurring role this season has worried fans about the future of the couple, especially when Alex proposed to Maggie in the Season 2 finale.

But the fact that Maggie and Alex are back on the streets together gives us some hope that we'll be seeing plenty of Sanvers in Season 3.

Sam and Ruby. [Credit: The CW]
Sam and Ruby. [Credit: The CW]

The photos also introduce us to mother and daughter, Sam and Ruby, who also appear to be caught in the crossfire of whatever breaks up the celebration. It's worth noting that Odette Anabelle isn't just playing Sam — she's also portraying this season's presumed Big Bad, Reign. Thus, we have to wonder if something happens to her daughter, forcing her to begin the diabolical transformation out of revenge.

With a somber Supergirl looking to exorcise her humanity to save the city in Mon-El's absence, it looks like Season 3 is going to be an emotional journey for the Girl Of Steel. But with a new Big Bad, the debut of Erica Durance's version of Alura, Mon-El's eventual return, a celebration gone wrong and the return of Cat Grant all to look forward to, the new season just might end up being the most explosive yet.

Are you excited for Season 3 of Supergirl? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: The CW, TVLine]

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