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So we have 3 weeks to kill before another new Smallville, and spoilers have been thin on the ground all season.  How do we SV diehards entertain ourselves?  Well, Tom Welling picspams are always fun....But, I'm not doing one of them right now.  I am planning one, but haven't found a theme to get inspired about.  No, I thought putting ourselves into the Goughlar's shoes might be more fun.

There are no episode spoilers in this post, though I am going to talk about the contractual status of 3 of SV's current regulars.  If you would rather not know who is not signed beyond a S7, then don't follow me beyond the cut.

Type your cut contents here.

As has already been widely reported, 3 of the most prominent characters on the show are not currently signed for a S8, should there be one.  Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, and Allison Mack.  So, its got me thinking as to how their absences would be explained for a S8, if they don't re-sign.  And I think chances are very good that at least one of these actors will not be making a return.  No spoiler there, just law of averages.

If I was a betting gal, I'd put it in this order, going from most likely to re-sign to least likely, 1. Allison Mack, 2. Michael Rosenbaum, 3. Kristin Kreuk.  This is based on nothing more then hunch and actors random comments.  

So, here's the challenge:

1.  How would you write the exit of Chloe/Lex/Lana?

2. Or, how would you write it if these characters only returned for part of the season?

Just a general outline is fine (though feel free to be as detailed as you'd like).  The only thing I ask is that I'd appreciate if we didn't get too macabre with the ideas, i.e. "I would have ??? attacked by fire ants, then set on fire, and finally eaten by hyenas"  Also, if a spoiler for an upcoming episode figures directly into your answer, just make sure you give fair warning.

Or, then again, maybe no one will play with me?  :/

OK, enough with that pity party.

Here are mine:

Chloe -

If she's gone altogether after S7?  Chloe takes a job in Star City, working with Oliver Queen and his pseudo-JLA.  She keeps in touch with Clark and Lois, and S8 has both of them referencing that they've heard from her, and she's doing great and loves what she's doing.

If she's only around part-time in S8?  Not too different from the above, only we see a slower progression to her taking the job.  In fact, we can even have Oliver back to offer it to her in person.  And Chloe can discuss her decision with Clark.  I much prefer this choice.  I'd have the first half of S8 have the eps Chloe appears in, then have her leave at the midpoint of the season.

Why I think this works for SV, and Chloe? I like the idea of Chloe finding a meaningful, important place in the world.  Working with heroes seems to fit the bill.  Also, a move like this makes likely contact with Clark and Lois in the future an almost certainty.  Chloe does change careers, but she remains firmly on the side of the angels. 

Lex -

If he's gone altogether after S7?  I'd make sure the last eps of S7 had Lex getting darker and darker every week, culminating in his killing Lionel.  Coldly.  With a smile.  I'd also have him make an attempt on the life of someone close to Clark, whether that be Lana, or Chloe, or Lois, or Kara.  Just some kind of agressive, direct assault across Clark's bow.  Let the gauntlet be thrown once and for all, and let there be no ambiguity on Lex's part.  Then he disappears.  S8 can have Clark and the crew hear about sightings.  And rumors of a Lex being involved in an organized gang (isn't there something called Intergang in the comics?).  Lex remains an ominous threat, but off screen, leaving little doubt that he'll be a constant adversary to Clark in the future.  Lex is gone, but certainly not forgotten.

If he's only around part-time in S8?  No matter how many eps he's in, they are in all one continuous arc, or broken into 2 arcs.  Ideally, I'd have him in the first 7-8 eps, then bring him back for the last 2 eps.  Let the show begin and end with Clex.  Again, what I described above would just take place on screen.

Why I think this works for SV, and Lex?  Its obvious from Lex's screentime that TPTB have a tough time figuring out how to work in Lex on a weekly basis.  Having a concentrated arc with him makes it far more likely that he'd get quality screentime and storyline in the eps he appears in.  And by having his character finally cross that line.  To have him embrace his destiny (just as surely as Clark must), allows MR to have fun with the character.  No more tortured Lex looking for someone to love him, Hello Evil Mastermind! whose kicking ass and loving it.  Even if he's entirely off the show, being able to imagine that last part will be a fitting legacy for Lex.

Lana -

If she's gone altogether after S8?  After a whole season of trying to make a relationship work, both Clark and Lana come to the mutual conclusion that their romantic relationship is over.  Clark being more admanent about that then Lana.  Although she makes one more plea to Clark, he can only promise her that he'll always be there for her as friend.  A single (and slightly bitter) Lana decides to go off and travel the world, and figure out what she wants to do with herself.  Luckily she's got all that money.

If she's only around part-time for S8?  I'd still end Clana at the end of S7, but instead of Lana finding herself by traveling the world, I'd have her remain in SV.  Running Isis.  We can see her and Clark try their best to remain friends.  But I think it would be fun if Lana didn't lose her devious completely.  

Why I think this works for SV, and Lana?  Lana has been a character mostly defined by her status as the love interest.  Having Lana leave SV to travel and find herself actually grants her independence.  If she remains on the show, but parttime, I'd keep her single, have her focused on her career, and allow her to keep some of the more devious (but not evil) tendencies she's developed.  This also works to grant her some independence.

So, there you have it.  Anyone else willing to take a shot at this?  :)


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Feb. 19th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
I swear, you read my mind. That's exactly how I would have their exits! You brilliant woman you! I vote we send you in to write for Smallville. *nods*

I really liked Chloe's because that would be perfect. I fear they're going to try and kill her off and your plan is so much better. She's already working with the JL and Star City is a place where she can get a fresh start.

"After a whole season of trying to make a relationship work, both Clark and Lana come to the mutual conclusion that their romantic relationship is over. Clark being more admanent about that then Lana."

One can only hope. I really want Clark to be the initiator of the breakup. He's the one who's been holding on so tightly and I would be happy to see him be the one to let go. If they make him all pathetic, I am going to take out Goughlar. Canada, here I am! ;)

Great points though! I'm really curious to how the rest of the season is going to play out.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
I vote we send you in to write for Smallville. *nods*

I WISH! You'd have a lot less plotholes, that would be for certain. No way most SV scripts would get past my OCD. LOL

One can only hope. I really want Clark to be the initiator of the breakup.

I think thats important as well. Clark is the one with the more iconic romantic future, so I think he's the one that needs to cut bait now. No one wants to see a Clark settle for Lois because he couldn't have Lana.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I like your plan for Lex. It's very similar to what has been going on in the comics with Lex for awhile now. He weaseled his way out of a prison sentence and found that the public didn't believe his lies anymore. And after the board of LexCorp ousted him from the company he's been skulking around in hidden lairs, plotting revenge on Superman.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
I think Lex can really remain an effective presence even if he's not on screen. You just need to continously reenforce the threat, out there lurking. Its kind of spooky, actually. I dig it.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Lana decides to go off and travel the world, and figure out what she wants to do with herself.
Exactly how I'd do it. That seems to be the only organic, logical way for Lana to not be in S8 if KK declines to return. I can't see them killing off an iconic comic character and if she sticks around Smallville after breaking up with Clark, it wouldn't make any sense for her to never be seen again. That might be something they can get away with for minor characters (Hi Gabe!) but not one who's been a major part of the entire series to date.

Your Lex scenario is about the same as what I'd do, too. Have him kill Lionel and then disappear, and then hopefully return for at least the series ending arc.

(isn't there something called Intergang in the comics?)
Yep, and it's part of SV as well. Morgan Edge was in charge of it during S3, so I could buy Lex possibly putting it back together for his own purposes.

Chloe... I just really don't know. While your scenario sounds good if AM doesn't return, I just don't see it working for Clark. SV has made it quite clear of late that Clark is not willing to let Chloe go, so I can't see him being a-ok with Chloe riding off to Star City and leaving him behind to fend for himself. I really think that unfortunately, if AM is a no go for S8, Chloe will have to be killed off. Not that I want Chloe to die, or to not be a part of S8, because I do, but from a character perspective, I can't picture any scenario in which Clark is going to accept her not being a part of his life.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
I'll be honest...I have a harder time trying to figure out what to do with Lana if she stayed, as opposed to trying to figure out how she'd leave.

And Yay! Anything that brings up Morgan Edge again is made of win.

I see what you're saying about Chloe, but honestly, no matter what Clark's objections, ultimately Chloe's life is her own. Possibly the reason for the build-up of Clark not wanting to let Chloe go is so it will be that much more dramatic when he's forced to? Just a thought.
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Feb. 19th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Okay! Here's my attempt:

Chloe: Having healed Lois, Clark and Lex, there's really no one left for Chloe to die-while-healing without it being terribly anti-climatic. So I like your idea of her becoming a proto-Oracle, with AM perhaps making occasional guest appearances.

Lex: I want Lex to kill Lionel but not coldly. We saw enough of repressed!emotion!Lex in S6. He's been building to this his whole life, so this has to be a major deal for him and MR would play the hell out of that scene. I would also approve of Lex killing Lionel after Lionel kills Lana.

And for Lex's exit, I'd like to see him go out the way JusticeLeagueLex did, in battle with another villain. JL!Lex sacrifices himself to take out Darkseid and save the world; I'd like to see SV!Lex do the same to take out Brainiac. Neither dies - they just vanish - leaving open the likelihood of a return to cause more trouble in Clark's future.

Lana: I'd love it if Lana found her independence - and Clark found his independence from Lana. (But the more likely scenario is that Lana will leave Clark devestated and the folks waiting for Clois will get shafted.)

And I'd put MR at the top of the list for "most likely to leave..."
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
I don't know, something tells me Michael can be talked into coming back. Probably part-time. I think it might be that he seems to have a very positive relationship with goughlar. As opposed to both TW and KK who seemed to have far more troubled relationships with them.

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Feb. 19th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Once Michael is off the show, I'm done with Smallville, so it really doesn't matter what the show does with Lex for me. The show had plenty of things they could have done with Project Scion/the relationship with Grant/Julian clone, but the show didn't, so I don't buy that the show couldn't think of something for Lex. The show just has bad writers.

As for Chloe, I just don't see her not being part of some episodes of Season 8. She is a character loved by so many people that I just have a hard time thinking it would be a smart move.

Lana wouldn't be missed, because she brings nothing to the storyline. She was important as being the 'love interest' for Clark and Lex. She isn't needed.

Lionel being killed now is so anti-climatic for me, I just don't know if anyone would really care if Lex killed him, so I'm thinking that it won't be Lex to kill him. If Lex comes back to Smallville in a 'guest star' role, I don't see him killing Lionel, because there wouldn't be ANY reason for him to return to Smallville.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I think the reasons a lot of people want to see Lex kill Lionel are that no one else really deserves to do it as much, and also the belief that Lex can't become the Master until he knocks off the Master. At least thats how I see it anyway.

And I think Clark himself might always be enough reason for Lex to remain interested in Smallville. That, and the fact thats is meteor freak central. I would think the place would always hold some fascination for him.
Feb. 19th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Okay, how can I play if you've already taken my answers? Hand to God, those are EXACTLY the scenarios I would have suggested for each them leaving at the end of this season! LOL! I will say that I hope Allison and Michael stay, and that KK does not (not because I don't like her, but because I want Clana completely out of reach of the writers).

Great post, this is fun to think about! But what I really what to know is, as one Clark/Tom fan to another, how would you write Clark, both in the additional S7 episodes yet to be filmed, and for all of S8?
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I tried to come up with scenarios where all 3 characters had their places in the story respected. If that makes sense.

How would I write Clark? Well, I think first and foremost I'd give him a strong sense of direction. Even if its him deciding that being an active "hero" is what he wants. I can easily believe it would take him a whole season to figure out how to do that exactly, and still be able to have a regular life. I don't think deciding on a dual identity just comes out of the blue.

I'd also like to see Clark show some interest in journalism again. Not that he needs to start being a reporter (one lightswitch in that area is enough). No, just something that has him toying with that idea once again.

For me, S8 should really be about Clark putting his house in order, figuring out how to apply his good intentions and desire to help people into something tangible, and gaining a much better sense of self. I want Clark to be happy with who he is, and what he can do. I think a S8 of Clark coming to terms with himself, while getting more and more proactively heroic would be totally made of win!
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Feb. 19th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)

I'm loving your scenarios! Makes a lotta sense---which, unfortunately means they'll probably be a no-go for the show itself. ;-)

I'm fuzzy on the contracts btw, care to catch me up? AM, KK and MR are doubtful for the final season? What about ED, JG, AA and LV?

Here's my take (though I'm pretty much in agreement with yours, but what the hey)

Chloe: Again, I'm not caught up totally on the contract situation, but I can definitely see AM returning for the final season, even if it isn't necessarily for the full 22 eps. IMO, for the last 2 seasons, Chloe's role has certainly shifted more to definitive sidekick/and or partner for Clark in his "save the world" duties, as opposed to being as immersed in the field of journalism, as she once may have been. Keeping in line with this, she's also found another "helping the heroes" outlet in her side duties as pseudo watchtower for the JL. For the past couple seasons, she also seems to be relishing these roles more (helping Clark, Ollie and co, using her DP contacts/reserach to aid them) as opposed to reporting. This kind of a transition (the one you speak of) would therefore, IMO, not be so out of the blue and would also allow Chloe to remain in the thick of the superhero world, which she enjoys. As for the meteor power, I'm so meh on it anyways that I'd rather not see it being used heavy duty again at all.

Lex: I would definitely want him back for atleast part of season 8. Perhaps an arc right towards the end of the season? Again, I'm in agreement with the scenarios you've put forth for Lex, and I think MR would do great with this kind of definitive, final push towards the characters destiny. Most of all, in his remaining eps, for there to be scenes b/w him and Clark. Because that is the true cornerstone dynamic of the show, and one that has to be touched on to some extent, as the series closes. The idea of Lex as "always-elusive-imminent-threat" really appeals to me.

Lana: End the Clana, for one. Have it be amicable, even, for I think it still is possible to achieve that. Clark is a forgiving, compassionate enough person and once the (if at all) residue bitterness escapes Lana, I can see her even being the occasional ally for Clark. But I dont think a full 22 eps will work, because there isn't enough of a story left to tell. I definitely like the idea of her wanting to travel the world. I can see this Lana wanting to finally take her life in her own hands.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Makes a lotta sense---which, unfortunately means they'll probably be a no-go for the show itself.

I Know! Logic on Smallville? Crazy talk!!

I'm fuzzy on the contracts btw, care to catch me up? AM, KK and MR are doubtful for the final season? What about ED, JG, AA and LV?

This is what is known for certain:

TW and JG have contracts for S8
MR, KK and AM are only signed through S7

The status of ED, AA and LV is unknown. Though most seem to believe ED is also signed for S8. And its been suggested that AA and LV are also likely returns for a S8.

I definitely believe your scenarios for Chloe, Lex and Lana (well, ours really :)) would work for the characters. It might not be everything people might hope for their favs, but in each case, the character is respected and takes their life into their own hands. I like that. Since it also parallels what Clark will do with his life.
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Feb. 19th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm new.
I have to say, I really like the ideas you have (Maybe you could give the SV writers a few hints, lol)

I like your idea for Chloe's future, because in a Smallville Future I would very much like Chloe to still be a part of Lois & Clarks lives and still fighting the good fight.

I agree that Lex needs to be the one to kill Lionel and he needs to do it without remorse. I think should Clark discover that Lex killed his own father, it might shatter what hope Fracture had given him about Lex's redemption, thus Clark truly meeting his arch nemesis.

On a brighter note, Lana finding independace after the Clana brek-up would be magnificent. Perhaps having a season or half a season of Lana & Clark trying to find a friendly balance, but no romantic overtones, would really help them grow. Later down the track, in the future they should be okay with each other, more mature and able to meet in the middle as friends.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi, I'm new.
Hi, I'm new.

Hi, and Welcome! Thanks for contributing to the conversation. :)

I would very much like Chloe to still be a part of Lois & Clarks lives and still fighting the good fight.

Me too, and I this was very important when I tried to think of a way to write her out of the story.

I'm really OK with Friends!Clana, but I have to admit, I worry that these writers could pull that off. In order to do that, they would really need to change their preceptions of Lana as Object of Desire. After 7 seasons, I'm not sure they could. So, her continued presence on the show worries me.

Feb. 19th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
I love all your scenarios, especially the Chloe and Lana ones because not only would they not be killed off (which would therefore affect Clark in an irreparable way) but all of them would learn to be independent (Lana and Clark mostly). And Chloe can do her own thing that doesn't revolve around Clark and his needs.

For Lex, I'd love it if he blew Lionel up. The irony would be wonderful.

Hmm, everyone seems to be on the Lois/Clark bandwagon, but I've always had a problem with that. That relationship is way, waaay in the future and should stay there.
I'd like to see Clark having a loving relationship that isn't about where they're going or permanence. To simply enjoy the whole dating concept without some 'Great Love'. Or better yet, be on his own voluntarily and no crushes in sight.
Feb. 19th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't 'ship at all. So, I'm rather ambivalent about Clois on SV, or not. I can see how either way might work. I keep an open mind. But if they left it for the future, that would be fine with me as well.

I might've brought in a casual love interest for Clark in early S6. And then never had any Clana reunion in late S6,or S7. I think there's a lot to be said for creating a transistion relationship. But, oh well :/

I'm not at all supportive of any of these 3 characters dying. I'm sure thats not even a remote possibility with Lex (but believed to be dead? I guess it could happen). But I think killing either Chloe or Lana would be an unfortunate choice, and end up tainting Clark's future relationship.
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
First off, I love this idea! Fandom never ceases to amaze me with the amount of creative ideas it can foster.

I would love you to write to AlMiles and set them straight!! I thought your ideas were such a natural progression for the characters and downright genius!

I don't have a lot of hope for either MR, AM or KK. Don't get me wrong, AM and MR are very talented and KK is gorgeous, but I haven't seen either one of those 3 do anything with a role other than SV. (Not counting Allison's earlier, way younger stuff) And let's face it, Hollywood is strange and fickle and cruel and there seems to be no rhyme or reason why some make it and others don't. I don't think either one should give up the bank just yet.

Could you give a reference or website to your comment that KK and TW have a strained relationship with TPTB? And how do you figure MR doesn't?? Just curious. Thanks.
Feb. 20th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
LOL, I really don't think AlMiles ever want to hear from me. I make no promises as to how well I'll be able to behave ;)

But thanks for the kind words.

I hope for the best for the whole SV cast. Obviously, acting is a fickle mistress. But my fingers are crossed. Especially for Tommy, of course. :)

My feelings about the relationships that TW, KK and MR have with AlMiles are based on many things. Some are comments made by people who've had access to the set. Some are comments made by the actors themselves (primarily in KK's case). Some of them are based on the things AlMiles have said in interviews, and on CD commentary (for instance, on the Thirst commentary, they mention how great it was for them to get James Marsters so that MR could finally have a good actor to work with....which makes the rest of the cast what?).

So, its all really gut feeling and instinct, with a bit of rumor thrown in there.
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Feb. 21st, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Like what svgurl had said, I'd also vote to send you in for SV's writing team. :D

I haven't really followed all those news and stuff about the cast members' contracts but if MR, KK and AM are indeed the ones most likely to leave, I'd say that your scenarios are very much workable and makes the most sense IMO, and they're definitely what I'd have in mind too.

I really like the idea of Lex suddenly disappearing and going underground and forming ties with Intergang, let people think that he's dead or something before emerging to the surface again in the future.
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Like what svgurl had said, I'd also vote to send you in for SV's writing team

Thanks!! If you guys want to start a petition, I won't discourage you ;) First order of business? More Shelby. :D

One of the positive things that you can have from Lex leaving is that his presence can still very much influence the show. And since we all know his place in the future, you know he and Clark will come face-to-face again. I think that helps soften the blow should he not come back. But with Chloe? That would be hard, since her future is unwritten. Then again, thats what we have imaginations for. ;)
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