The explosion of Lana’s SUV in the Smallville finale seemed, at first, like a predictable cliffhanger. The internet is buzzing now with word that Lana’s (Kristin Kreuk) departure from Smallville might be permanent after all. Spoilers and speculation ahead.
Kristin Veatch from E!Online is reporting that Kristin Kreuk is still in negotiations to join the cast of Smallville season six. This rumor was last updated July 3, and Smallville will be entering production very, very soon.
Originally, fans sort of let out a collective underwhelmed groan when Lana’s car exploded. It seemed obvious that she had staged the event so she could go into hiding from Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), and even Clark (Tom Welling).
That proposition could still be revisited later on in the series if Kristin Kruek is able to reach an agreement that would at least result in some guest appearances, but it would seem one way or the other the Smallville producers have to decide if a body is going to be found in the wreckage.
The disappearance, or even the death, of Lana would be extremely effective fodder for Lex’s imminent departure from the show later in this season. It is already well known that Michael Rosenbaum is leaving, but the particulars of the plot details have yet to be divulged.
If Lex were to exit Smallville to become the renegade criminal mastermind that he is in the DC Superman comics, the loss of a loved one could be a viable catalyst to get Luthor’s evil engine revving.
On the other hand, the loss of Lana would upset the dramatic balance of the series, particularly in depriving Clark of his unobtainable object of affection. The likely route to remedy this would be to either introduce a new character, or create a love interest from one of the existing female leads.
Another option, one Smallville fans may not like, is to deprive Clark of a love interest completely. Such a move pushes Clark more towards the individualism of Superman and would dovetail nicely into a planned end for the series. There is no commentary to support the claim, but many in the fan community are expecting Rosenbaum’s departure to spark a call for an end to Smallville ala contemporaries Lost and Battlestar Galactica. More info as the story develops.
– Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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