Batwoman showrunner reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Season 1 finale

Instead of wrapping up with episode 22 as originally planned, Season 1 will now end with episode 20

The CW’s Batwoman was supposed to air 22 episodes for Season 1, but due to production delays brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ruby Rose-led series is getting an abridged freshman run with its 20th episode now serving as the season finale. Though the first season won’t end the way it was originally planned, showrunner Caroline Dries assured fans that the new Season 1 finale will still be epic.

“It’s really a bummer from just a creative point of view,” Dries told ComicBook.com of her thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the production of Batwoman’s debut run. “We had these last two episodes written and one of them was ready to be shot, so it was sad in that regard. However, I saw the writing on the wall happening with COVID a little bit before we shut down. And I just looked at what we had and I was like, ‘You know what? This is going to work out.’”

Dries went on to reveal that the new season-ender happens to include a cliffhanger that will leave things on an interesting note. “We have an awesome last episode, we have a huge cliffhanger, and we have all of these emotional stories that we were able to wrap up,” Dries said. “So I feel really, really blessed about how it all happened. And I’m really happy with episode 20 as our finale.”

Apparently, Dries’ efforts in pushing the writers make Batwoman more exciting episode after episode has paid off. “I’m always challenging the writers. I’m like, ‘We need cliffhangers, we need this build,’” Dries shared. “So when I was watching [episode] 19, I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s like always building and teeing things up.’ Thank God we did that in episode 20 as well.”

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Batwoman Season 1 finale, titled O, Mouse!, airs on Sunday, May 17th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Check out the synopsis and trailer for the episode below:

“When one of Gotham’s former heroes returns to his old stomping grounds to settle a score, both Batwoman (Rose) and Commander Kane (Dougray Scott) find themselves on the defensive. Meanwhile, Alice (Rachel Skarsten) has uncovered what could finally take down Batwoman, but she is losing hold on her henchman Mouse (Sam Littlefield) and Hush (Gabriel Mann), sending her spiraling into her most wicked self.

“Luke (Camrus Johnson) immediately focuses on finding a way to protect Batwoman from Alice, and Mary (Nicole Kang) has a chance to be the sister Kate has needed all along. New information surfaces, forcing Julia (Christina Wolfe) to warn Sophie (Meagan Tandy) about the person pulling the strings. And in a final standoff, when Commander Kane refuses to retreat from his war on Batwoman, Kate may find herself more than heartbroken by her father’s choices.”

Source: ComicBook.com, The Futon Critic