WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Titans Season 2 episode "Atonement," streaming now on DC Universe.
Season 2 of Titans has changed the course of Dick Grayson's former crew as Deathstroke has truly broken the team. The villain has exposed the hypocrisy of Robin and through a slew of violent acts, he's ensured the superheroes have no reason to stick together, especially after the truth about the death of Jericho surfaced.
With the team splintered and off to start charting new paths, one member of who wasn't part of the original squad but who quickly became a close ally of Dick, Kory/Starfire (Anna Diop), who now has even bigger fish to fry back home on her planet Tamaran. She can't stick around to help Dick because a family dispute that has ripped the her away and left a bloody trail of bodies in its wake, Game of Thrones-style.
Earlier this season, we saw Faddei (Robbie Jones) trying to take Starfire back home on the demand of her parents. He was an ex-boyfriend and bodyguard of Princess Koriand'r before she fled home, but Starfire tricked him when they got to his ship. After locking him in, she made it clear that she's intent on carving out a new destiny for herself on Earth. "Atonement" follows up on this with Robbie texting Starfire how easy it was to get out the vessel and that he needs to speak to her about new developments.
She leaves Dick to deal with the Titans' breakup because this issue takes precedence, and it leads to her eventually finding out that Blackfire has staged a coup and taken over the kingdom. This shocks Kory, who is equally shocked about how afraid Faddei seems over the situation. He wanted to abscond with her because she seemed marked for death, especially after the death of the royal guards. However, as they fill gas after hitting the road, a purple substance enters Faddei's ear, which allows Blackfire to mind-control the soldier.
As Faddei and Kory eat at the nearby diner, Kory picks up red flags -- Faddei keeps inquiring about forgiveness for Blackfire and she tricks him by mentioning a memory of a wedding that he wasn't present at. Hearing Faddei trying to fake his way through the conversation convinces Kory that he's under Blackfire's control, which leads to an obligatory fight.
This is especially tragic because Kory grimly has to kill Faddei. She tells him she's sorry and tries to connect with the part of him still alive. Faddei breaks through Blackfire's mind control and tells her to kill him, but to do it quickly. Kory then speaks a Tamaranean chant before burning Faddei to death, with his ashes falling to the ground.
A heartbroken but angry Starfire is now intent on war, not just due to Faddei's death, but also because Blackfire killed their parents and is hellbent on murdering Starfire to keep the throne. Kory, however, isn't content to run and hide anymore, and she promises her sister she's coming to fight for her birthright and to avenge her loved ones. With Blackfire claiming she has now found her own family, she welcomes Kory's threats before the hologram they were communicating through signs off, and Starfire's ship is blown to bits.
It remains to be seen who Kory will take on this mission seeing as the Titans are shattered, but this situation is quickly becoming a cosmic Game of Thrones. Starfire has never seen eye-to-eye with Blackfire, and Titans has quickly moved their rivalry up from being competitive siblings to one that has both of them holding deadly vendettas. Much like she does in the comic book DC Universe, Blackfire hates her sister so much that she's willing to sacrifice their own family for self-gain, which means the red-hot Kory won't be holding back when she makes it to her old home.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Titans Season 2 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth, Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, Curran Walters as Jason Todd and Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, with Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall, Joshua Orpin as Superboy, Chelsea Zhang as Rose Wilson, Chella Man as Jericho, Drew Van Acker as Aqualad, Esai Morales as Deathstroke and Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne.