After endless speculation and rumors, it has been confirmed that there was indeed a 12th episode of Titans filmed. However, fear not, the episode is not lost for the ages, it is just being retooled to help launch season 2.
Titans showrunner Greg Walker sat down with TV Line recently discuss the conclusion of season 1, and amongst the information he shared was the confirmation of the missing 12th episode.
So I’m curious, in part because the episode count changed from 12 to 11: Did your original finale turn into the Season 2 premiere?
A version of that, yes. We’re cannibalizing some of the stuff from Episode 12 [for the premiere]. We thought it was such a good cliffhanger at the end of 11, and we wanted to go for an even bigger, better Season 2 opener. We had a big idea, and our friends at DC bought it.
That’s what I figured — you were watching a cut of 11 and once Dick’s eyes went dark, you decided, “Hey, we could just end it here,” and then Season 2 is about what happens next.
Yeah. It’s really fun to be able to you know where we’re going to go with it. We’re going to also use [the Season 2 premiere] to launch a new villain, and because Trigon’s role in canon is so huge, we felt like we really needed to give him a really big episode, the kind you can launch a season with.
The idea of filming during one season for the following season isn’t that unusual currently. The two ‘bonus’ episodes of Lucifer – “Boo Normal” and “Once Upon a Time” – released by Fox after the series was canceled were actually planned installments of the fourth season. With that season now moving to Fox, how those two episodes will addressed continuity wase hasn’t been announced.
Repurposing the original season finale makes a lot of sense. The turning of Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) by Trigon (Seamus Dever) did seem like a very natural spot to end the first season.
While we will probably lose some scenes in the retooled version of the episode, it is probably not anything significant. It could, however, make an awesome extra on a boxed set some day.
You can currently binge the entire first season of Titans on DC Universe in the U.S.