Hi there, Younger Justice followers! Proper now, as you learn this, San Diego Comedian-Con might be in full swing, and I’m wanting ahead to being whelmed by the DC Universe panel on Saturday night time. Showrunners Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti might be there, and I can’t wait to listen to the entire Younger Justice teases they’ll be dropping. Within the meantime, let’s discuss a revelation I had through the newest episode, “Early Warning.”

I’ve a confession to make—I’ve been in denial. For months, I’ve been making an attempt to persuade myself that there was extra to Tara’s story than met the attention. The midseason finale, “True Heroes,” noticed Brion and his teammates rescue his sister from the underground battle membership that had saved her prisoner for months. After weeks of seeing him stress over his sister’s destiny, it was good to see that Brion lastly received a cheerful ending…till Tara despatched a textual content message to Deathstroke.

I shouldn’t have been shocked. Terra betraying her teammates to Deathstroke has been her constant character journey all through all mediums ever since she first appeared in Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans run. Since then she’s betrayed her pals within the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon, the 2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract animated film and now it seems like historical past is about to repeat itself once more.

Keep in mind once I mentioned I used to be in denial? I believed there could be a twist to what we noticed in “True Heroes.” We witnessed Terra sending a textual content, and we noticed Deathstroke obtain one, however possibly he was speaking to another person. I purchased into the speculation that Terra was doing one thing else on her telephone, and informed myself that the present was enjoying with our expectations. Younger Justice has at all times been good with twists, so possibly this was one other one.

In brief, I neglected Terra’s historical past and ignored the proof in entrance of my eyes.

After which the proof received much more damning. Within the episode “Affect,” Terra data the Staff and we see Deathstroke receiving communications once more. That was onerous to disregard, however I nonetheless remained in denial as a result of we hadn’t really seen them collectively. I informed myself that there was nonetheless an opportunity this was all one huge “gotcha.”

This week’s new episode, “Early Warning,” destroyed what was left of my denial. Whereas coaching with Artemis, Terra flashes again to her time with Deathstroke. After seeing the 2 of them collectively, I might now not faux there was another rationalization. The Staff has a traitor of their ranks, and it’s Terra.

Why was I so wanting to look the opposite means? I feel that Younger Justice has carried out lots to make me care about Brion, and his devotion to his sister is admirable. Any betrayal by Terra would crush Brion, and by extension us. I didn’t need it to be true, however sadly it’s. Within the DC Universe, some issues are a given. Krypton will at all times explode (sorry, Seg-El), Thomas and Martha Wayne will at all times die, and Terra will at all times betray her pals.

Or will she? Possibly, I’m nonetheless in denial, however hear me out, okay? Terra could also be working with Deathstroke, however that doesn’t imply the story will finish the identical means. “The Judas Contract” has been retold earlier than, and it’s doable the Younger Justice writing crew may determine to take it in a unique course. Terra and Deathstroke could be in cahoots now, however when the opposite shoe drops, maybe Slade is the one who might be betrayed.

Yeah, I do know it’s most likely not very probably, however I’ve at the least some proof backing me up. Within the episode “First Impression,” Tara helped consolation Lian throughout a thunderstorm, and it appeared just like the second received to her. How can anybody be so evil that they might betray Lian after a second like that? Terra additionally confirmed some regret after snapping at Artemis throughout their coaching session this episode. Possibly it was a part of her act, since she did do one thing related within the comics, nevertheless it’s doable the Staff is influencing her coronary heart. 

I’ll take this one step additional and current a secondary principle: Terra has already betrayed Deathstroke. Possibly she informed the Staff about his plan shortly after they rescued her. It’s doable she’s simply enjoying alongside and feeding him minimal intel whereas they plan their subsequent transfer. Return and rewatch the season 1 episode “Uncommon Suspects” the place the Staff made the same play. All their playing cards may not be on the desk but, and it’ll be fascinating to see what palms are dealt. Whereas I’m undecided if this principle is right, I do suppose Terra betraying Slade is an enormous risk whether or not our heroes are conscious or not.

Terra has turned on her allies in each adaptation of “The Judas Contract,” however possibly Younger Justice will lastly break that curse. What do you suppose readers? Am I nonetheless in denial, or does Terra have an opportunity? Be at liberty to tweet at me along with your ideas.
 

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Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, films and comics for DCComics.com and DCUniverse.com, is an everyday contributor to the Sofa Membership and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Observe him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.