'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 Episode 7 Preview: Damien Darhk returns, Ray channels Mister Rogers

It seems Astra Logue has sent Darhk back up to the land of the living to wreak havoc as the latest of her Encores


                            'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 Episode 7 Preview: Damien Darhk returns, Ray channels Mister Rogers
Brandon Routh and Neal McDonough (Michael Courtney/The CW)
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'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 has been a rollercoaster ride through every genre of filmmaking and now they're going to be riffing on the beloved children's show 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' with Episode 7 'Mr Parker's Cul-De-Sac'. The episode will see the return of a fan-favorite villain and Nora Darhk's (Courtney Ford) father, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).

The last time we saw the older and darker Darhk, he sacrificed himself to save his daughter, damning his soul to hell in the process. But now it seems Astra Logue (Olivia Swann) has sent him back up to the land of the living to wreak havoc as the latest of her Encores. Then again, preview images released for the episode hint at Nora and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) getting married so maybe John Constantine (Matt Ryan) just decided to resurrect him as some sort of twisted wedding present.

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"She is absolutely shocked when she opens the door and then she's trying to work through her shock in real-time because she's trying to keep him occupied and not reveal she is dating Ray, and she doesn't want to make her father angry," Ford said about Nora's arc in the episode in an interview with EW. "She’s trying to appease him through most of the episode so that he doesn’t do anything too Damien Darhk-ish, but then ultimately realizes you can’t have a meaningful connection with somebody unless you are honest," says Ford, adding that there's a "beautiful arc for their father-daughter relationship."

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Ford also teased that this going to be an "iconic" episode for the show, especially with Ray taking on the role of Mister Rogers (or Mr. Parker, if you will). 


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"Once a season Legends kind of has one of those iconic episodes and I think that 'Mr. Parker’s Cul-de-Sac' is one of those episodes. As soon as I read the script, I thought, 'Oh my god, what are the fans going to think?'" Ford explained

Ford and Routh, who are married in real life, were apparently so excited about the whole thing that they brought their son on set when they were filming the episode. "It was just so amazing for him to see his dad sing the song and put on the sweater and change the shoes, and do the whole bit. It was a lot of fun. We knew we were making something special while we were doing it and that’s an incredible experience to have."

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Meanwhile, it seems the other Legends are going to be getting into trouble of their own so it should be a really packed episode with lots of hilarious content. Here's the synopsis for the episode: "Ray plans a date night with Nora, but all goes awry when an Encore shows up; Ava learns what Sara was really doing while she was away and confronts her; Charlie and Constantine make a deal to work together; Rory is upset by negative book comments."

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'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 airs new episodes every Tuesday at 9/8 c exclusively on The CW.