SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses the Season One finale of ‘Titans’ as well as some information about Season Two, so proceed with caution or turn back now.
There were clearly a lot of changes happening behind the scenes of ‘Titans’ even as the first season was unfolding. The DC Universe anchor series was originally announced as consisting of 12 episodes with most of the titles announced, but as the series actually rolled out, episode titles jumped around and the season as a whole was chopped to 11 episodes.
It turns out that the fact that DC Universe renewed ‘Titans’ for a sophomore wave may have played a part. Showrunner Greg Walker has revealed that once a second season was confirmed, it influenced the creators’ view of the first. From there, certain scenes were remixed, shifting from one episode to another, with some footage from what would have been the 12th episode/season finale even making its way into a re-edited version of the first. (This may also explain why footage that some reported as having seen in earlier screenings of the pilot wasn’t there when it actually premiered.)
Walker has stated that it was the late introduction of Seamus Dever as Raven’s father, the demon lord Trigon, influenced that. In an interview with TV Line, he discussed the shift and how it helped lead into Season Two.
“It’s really fun to be able to you know where we’re going to go with it. We’re going to also use [the Season 2 premiere] to launch a new villain, and because Trigon’s role in canon is so huge, we felt like we really needed to give him a really big episode, the kind you can launch a season with.”
Things seemed to be building to a major confrontation with Trigon, with the next-to-last episode focusing on Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly). At the end of the episode, Dawn told Hank that they had to go find Jason Todd (Curran Walters). Yet this did not occur in the season finale. Presumably, this has been bumped to Season Two.
DC Universe has not announced when ‘Titans’ Season Two will begin production or be available to stream. As it stands now, DC Universe’s schedule seems to be set up to only offer one original series at a time, and if that remains the case, there is no open spot in 2019. However, as the service hopefully becomes more successful, it can start offering more than one new program at a time.
What did you think of ‘Titans’ Season One? How did you feel about the cliffhanger ending?