'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 Episode 7 Review: A wholesome end to Damien Darhk's redemption story

Damien finally realizes that his daughter's happiness is worth more to him than all the evil he could unleash on the world


                            'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 Episode 7 Review: A wholesome end to Damien Darhk's redemption story
Damien Darhk and Nora Darhk (The CW)
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Spoiler alert for 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 Episode 7 'Mr Parker's Cul-De-Sac'

Not every show on television manages to provide humor, heart, and wholesomeness in equal measure and yet 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' manages to pull it off every week without fail. The latest episode of Season 5 is a case in point. 

Featuring the return of Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the episode was all about the relationship between a father and his daughter, mostly Damien and his "Nora-doll" Nora Darhk (Courtney Ford) but also Mick Rory / Heatwave / Rebecca Silver (Dominic Purcell) and his daughter Lita (Mina Sundwall). Of course, this is 'Legends' after all, so there's also a children's show, a soul-destroying sword, and a Brexit joke involved, all of which add up to a hilariously beautiful episode.

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The most beautiful moment in the episode was (obviously) the much-awaited wedding of Nora Darhk and Ray Palmer / Atom (Brandon Routh). Sure, it took a sombrero and a highly emotional speech from Nora to get the event to happen but once it did, it was worth it. 

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Both Routh and Ford delivered stellar performances and with the couple, who are now married both on-screen and off will be exiting the show after the next episode, we can't help but feel a little heartbroken. But they're not the only ones who shined in the episode and neither are they the only people who are (probably) gone from the show for good. 

Completing a redemption arc literally years in the making, Damien finally realizes that his daughter's happiness is worth more to him than all the evil he could unleash on the world, erasing his soul with Sara Lance's (Caity Lotz) hellsword and wiping himself from existence forever.

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Or at least until someone thinks up a reason to bring him back. These things are rarely permanent in the Arrowverse after all but as it stands, 'Mr Parker's Cul-De-Sac' was the perfect end to Damien's story arc, just as we're certain the next episode will be the perfect end to Ray and Nora's time on the show. Though that said, boy are we going to miss them!

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'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9/8 c exclusively on The CW.