“Legends of Tomorrow” actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers confirmed that Arthur Darvill is coming back to the CW series in the latter part of Season 2. Richardson-Sellers, however, suggested that Darvill may be playing a different version of Rip Hunter when he returns.
“He does come back, just not necessarily the Rip that we remember,” the 24-year-old actress, who plays Amaya/Vixen on the series, told Cinema Blend. “That’s sort of … a big part of the second half of the season.”
Rip was last seen in the show’s Season 2 premiere, in which he and the members of his team traveled back to 1942 only to find out that an atomic bomb was set to destroy New York City. When Rip figured out that the Waverider was the only thing that could possibly take the impact of the atomic bomb, he scattered the Legends throughout time except for Mick (Dominic Purcell). Rip left the Heat Gun-wielding Legend aboard the ship and put him in stasis, so he could reassemble the team in case the ship survives.
With the help of Nate (Nick Zano), the Legends eventually found their way to each other. But it is unclear what happened to Rip afterwards, as he was not found on the Waverider nor was there evidence of him time traveling. He, however, left a final message for the team, saying he’s hoping to see them again “somewhere in time.”
In an interview with TVGuide last month, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that viewers are going to know where Rip is before the Legends do.
Meanwhile, for those who are wondering why Rip was written out of the show after the Season 2 premiere, Darvill recently revealed that he decided to leave “Legends of Tomorrow” temporarily so he could reprise his role as Rev. Paul Coates in the third and final season of the British crime drama series “Broadchurch.”
“They were very kind on ‘Legends.’ ‘Broadchurch’ is something that's been going on for a while, so they had to work around that,” the 34-year-old actor told Digital Spy. “I was so pleased to finish off that journey on ‘Broadchurch.’”
“Legends of Tomorrow” airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.