Legends of Tomorrow season 6 promotes Shayan Sobhian to series regular

The actor recurred as Zari’s younger brother, Behrad, in season 5

Fans are going to see more of Behrad Tarazi in season 6 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Shayan Sobhian, who plays Zari Tarazi’s (Tala Ashe) younger brother Behrad, has been promoted to series regular for the next season of The CW show.

Sobhian made his debut appearance in the season 4 finale after the Legends erased the dystopian 2042 timeline from history, which resulted in Zari 1.0 being replaced by her previously dead brother Behrad. In the new timeline, Behrad was never killed by A.R.G.U.S. and ended up joining the Waverider crew at the start of season 3 instead of his sister, who went on to become a social media influencer/entrepreneur (Zari 2.0).

Sobhian, who reprised his role in season 5 as a recurring cast member, took to Instagram to confirm his series-regular promotion. In a lengthy post, the actor expressed his gratitude to his “family, partner, friends, teachers, manager, agent, and above all, Bahá’u’lláh, Glory of God” for supporting and guiding him on his acting career. He also thanked Legends of Tomorrow for having him back for season 6, and the show’s fans for their warm welcome right from the start. “Being on the Waverider has truly been the most intense experience of my life and I feel so lucky to share this journey with you,” he told the fans.

Apparently, promoting Sobhian to series regular was a no-brainer, as co-showrunner Phil Klemmer recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Behrad fitting into the stories and into the characters effortlessly was the thing he’s most proud of from season 5. “Having Behrad come into the show and come into the show and pretending like the Legends knew him when the audience didn’t. That was a small bullseye [we had to hit],” Klemmer said.

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Sobhian was also upped to series regular because producers want to further explore the sibling relationship between Behrad and his sister Zari ― something that the show wasn’t really able to do in last season following Behrad’s temporary death in the hands of the Fates.

“We really didn’t get to explore much of the Behrad-Zari 2.0 brother-sister relationship,” Klemmer said. “In the beginning, it was a little contentious and then Zari 2.0 kind of worked her way into the Legends’ hearts, but then Behrad died. They haven’t really existed in that bro-sis [place]; like, I want some bickering siblings on this show. That was the promise of bringing Behrad onto the show. … I just want to get them to that neutral space and see how they deal with sharing a totem. You know, figure out what version of Wonder Twin powers are.”

Season 6 has no exact release date yet, but the new season is scheduled to premiere in midseason 2021.

Sources: TVLine, Entertainment Weekly