So here’s something interesting I pieced together from tonight’s revelations.
We know from Floriana’s tweet that Maggie was intended to be a one-season role.
We know, from multiple past interviews Chyler gave, that she had to do a bit of convincing to get Floriana to agree to the role, despite Floriana auditioning for it.
I wonder if Floriana auditioned for Maggie intending to only go in for one season, and then balked when CW asked her to sign the three-year contract. From her PoV, that would be understandable, because three years in Vancouver means she’s missing out on a lot of opportunities in Los Angeles.
Chyler must have convinced her to take the role, but I think it was always in doubt whether Floriana would return for another season. That would explain why the Sanvers story has felt really compressed when it could have been stretched out through multiple seasons; if the writers were only sure of getting the actress for one season, they would want to write a complete romantic arc so as not to piss off fans, especially coming in on the heels of Lexa’s death. It would also explain why Maggie never got a backstory explored; they didn’t want to make the mistake they made with Astra, by giving a character who could prematurely leave the show a fascinating backstory, that couldn’t be properly followed upon.
Now of course, all of the above is conjecture built on the belief that the actresses are being 100% truthful in their statements (which they might not be, for contractual reasons or otherwise), but it’s certainly interesting to think about.