WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for "Hey, World!" the Season 4 finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
The Season 4 finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow unspooled in typical bonkers fashion. The mile-a-minute episode included the opening of a theme park for magical beasts (Heyworld), a reset for one key character, and a touching sing-a-long. Yet the most shocking part was the return of Season 1's villain, Vandal Savage.
On Legends, Savage's goal was nothing less than world domination. He was rendered immortal in ancient Egypt after attempting to kill the future Hawkgirl and Hawkman during a meteor shower. The two lovers were reincarnated again and again, and as long as Savage continued to kill them in each lifetime, he remained alive.
Rip Hunter came from the future to assemble the Legends in order to stop Savage, whose plan to rule Earth had come to fruition in Hunter's time. Despite Savage being more than a little challenging to kill, the Legends eventually succeeded in taking him down.
While he's been mentioned periodically since, he hasn't been seen -- something most fans would likely claim is for the best. Savage and his reincarnating counterparts Hawkgirl and Hawkman weren't particularly popular among viewers. The tone of the show was very different in that first season because of the focus on their story. It went for an epic feel that didn't quite work, in stark contrast to the go-for-broke wacky style Legends embraces today.
That's why it was so surprising to see Casper Crump reprise his role as Savage in Legends' Season 4 finale. Despite the bad taste Season 1 left in fans' mouths, Savage's return turned out to be delightful.
He showed up when John Constantine and Nora Darhk go to rescue Ray Palmer from Hell, where he was banished after he was possessed by Neron and agreed to give up his body as long as Neron promised not to kill Nate Heywood.
With his sunny disposition, Ray is pretty much the last person who belongs in Hell, of course. Constantine warns Nora that Ray is probably being tortured. However, when they find him, he's playing a rousing game of Jenga with none other than Vandal Savage.
While Savage's presence in Hell comes as no surprise, his willingness to bond with Ray certainly does. Savage explains he was sent to torture Ray, but somehow his intended victim won him over. So instead of torture, the two had a heart-to-heart. They've hung out together and had a great time ever since.
Savage's scene was brief, though. Ray, Nora and Constantine return to Earth, and Savage is definitely not invited. So this is likely just a fun one-off for longtime fans.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, Brandon Routh, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan, Jes Macallan and Courtney Ford. The series will return in midseason 2020 on The CW.