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DC’s ‘Titans’ Season 3 Episode Titles Revealed; What Do They Mean?

The episode titles of Titans season 3 have now been revealed. What do they mean?

Episode titles for the upcoming third season of Titans have now been revealed. You can view the episode titles below:

  • Episode 1: Barbara Gordon (Written by Richard Hatem & Geoff Johns, directed by Carol Banker)
  • Episode 2: Red Hood (Written by Tom Pabst, directed by Carol Banker)
  • Episode 3: Hank & Dove (Written by Jamie Gorenberg, directed by Millicent Shelton)
  • Episode 4: Blackfire (Written by Stephanie Coggins, directed by Millicent Shelton)
  • Episode 5: Lazarus (Written by Bryan Edward Hill, Directed by Boris Mojsovski)
  • Episode 6: Lady Vic (Written by Joshua Levy & Prathi Srinivasan)
  • Episode 7: 51 Percent (Written by Kate McCarthy)
  • Episode 8: Home (Written by Richard Hatem, Directed by Larnell Stovall)
  • Episode 9: Souls (Written by Tom Pabst, Directed by Boris Mojsovski)
  • Episode 10: Troubled Water (Written by Melissa Brides, Directed by Larnell Stovall)
  • Episode 11: The Call is Coming from Inside the House (Written by Stephanie Coggins)
  • Episode 12: Prodigal (Written by Jamie Gorenberg & Bryan Edward Hill)

While some of these episode titles make it very obvious what their respective episodes are centered around (i.e. “Barbara Gordon,” “Blackfire”), other episodes have vaguer titles. Furthermore, it looks like only the first 10 episode titles have leaked, with the titles of episodes 11, 12, and 13 still being kept under wraps. You can view our theories on what some of the episodes with the vaguer titles could be centered around below:


Hank & Dove

While at first glance the title of the episode seems self-explanatory (the episode will be centered around the characters of Hank and Dawn), you might have noticed by now that the episode isn’t titled “Hank and Dawn” or “Hawk and Dove.” It’s titled “Hank & Dove,” with Dove being the alter-ego of Dawn Granger.

Hank and Dawn’s storylines throughout the series have almost all centered around addiction. Addiction to performance-enhancing drugs, addiction to alcohol, even an addiction to vigilantism. Early on in Titans season 2, it was shown that Hank and Dawn retired to Wyoming, with Hank helping other people, including a kid named Ellis, overcome their addictions. Unfortunately for Hank, he finds out in the second episode of the season that Dawn has been going out at night and taking down gangs and drug dealers as Dove, even though Hank and Dawn promised each other that they would give up being vigilantes to lead a normal life. Hank finds out through a confrontation with Dawn that she is addicted to being a vigilante. Throughout season 2, tensions ensue due to this revelation, and Hank and Dawn go through a rough period in their relationship, with the couple eventually breaking up. Despite separating as lovers, the pair decided to continue as Hawk and Dove.

It looks like episode 3 of season 3, titled “Hank & Dove” will deal with this issue. As the title implies, it looks like Hank will give up on being Hawk permanently. It’s likely Dawn will continue being a vigilante as Dove without her Hawk, though I’d like to present a different theory: Dawn dies in “Hank & Dove” as Dove while fighting a villain. This causes Hank to realize that being a vigilante is a mistake, so he stops being a vigilante and retires once again to Wyoming.

Titans Season 1 Episode 2 (2018)

This villain that kills Dawn could really be anybody, though preferably, it should be one of the main antagonists of the season: Red Hood or Blackfire. Seeing as how Dove is a trained vigilante who has been fighting criminals for years, it’s unlikely that any random drug dealer or burglar could kill her. Blackfire could certainly kill most of the Titans without much effort and Red Hood is someone that the team used to trust, something that he can use to his advantage. 

Alternatively, Hank might be the bird-themed vigilante who will die this season. It’s easy to imagine a scene where Hank, while on his death bed, tells Dawn that he forgives her and that she should continue being a vigilante without him, possible to enact revenge on whoever killed him. Either way, it feels like Hawk and Dove have overstayed their welcome on Titans as the only characters without superpowers (besides Nightwing), fighting intergalactic demon lords and space tyrants.

Though personally, I doubt that the episode will lead to the death of Hank or Dawn, as Hawk actor Alan Ritchson has been spotted filming scenes with Donna Troy actress Conor Leslie and Tim Drake’s Jay Lycurgo for the fifth episode of the season. This implies that Hank will be sticking around for at least the start of the second half of the season.


Lazarus

Batman Vol 2 #40 (2015)

Episode 5 of Titans season 3, titled “Lazarus,” is a clear reference to the Lazarus Pits from the comics.

The Lazarus Pits are naturally created craters, lakes, or pits that possess restorative properties that can instantly heal injuries, resurrect dead characters, and even grant immortality. The first Lazarus Pit was accidentally discovered by Ra’s al Ghul, a pseudo-immortal radical international eco-terrorist, while digging a pit. There he discovered the restorative chemical pools while searching for a cure for a dying prince. Although the Lazarus Pit saved the prince’s life, it also drove him mad and caused him to kill Ra’s al Ghul’s wife, Sora. This incident led to a series of cruel circumstances for Ra’s al Ghul, eventually turning him into the feared “Demon’s Head”. For several centuries, the Lazarus Pits were used by Ra’s al Ghul to prolong his life. Other characters that have used the Lazarus Pit include, but are not limited to Nyssa, Black Canary, the Riddler, Lady Shiva, Cassandra Cain, Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne himself, and (arguably most notably outside of Ra’s Al Ghul), Jason Todd.  The Lazarus Pit’s most notable appearance outside of the comics is when it first appeared in Arrow, season 3 episode 4. The Lazarus Pit has been used multiple times in Arrow, as characters like Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia Al Ghul, Thea Queen, Roy Harper, and Sara Lance have all been in the Lazarus Pit.

Nightwing #152 “Faces of Evil: Ra’s Al Ghul” (2009)

Titans features several characters who have been known for coming back from the dead, including Red Hood, who has actually been in a Lazarus Pit before in the comics. While I definitely think the Lazarus Pit will be used to resurrect a dead Titan, I think it’s unlikely that Jason Todd will be the one using it.

Donna Troy, also known as Wonder Girl, was introduced in the first season of Titans and killed off in the season 2 finale. It’s hard to keep a fallen hero like Wonder Girl down though, and the writers on Titans seem to agree as Donna Troy actress Conor Leslie is already back on-set to film scenes for season 3. It’s obvious that the character will be brought back in some capacity, though it’s unclear in what way.

At DC FanDome, showrunner Greg Walker actually talked about Donna Troy and the possibility of her coming back. Below you can view a conversation that went on between Walker and panel host Damian Holbrook from TVInsider:

Walker: Oh. I mean, a lot of times when someone’s being killed on the show, they don’t come back for the panel. It’s true but there are ways that we can kind of skirt the normal life and death rules, uh, you know, for those of us who are kinda more, you know, human-bound. So, we’ve got some exciting opportunities and stories ahead for Donna Troy and for Rachel and perhaps the whole underworld, we may, like, go into and see what it’s like as a transition stage.

Host: DC Comics loves the Lazarus Pit.

Croft: [chuckles] Yeah, they really do. They really do.

Walker: I have no comment about that.

Host: Okay, well, then I wanna ask, is the way Donna died going to affect how she might live?

Walker: Absolutely.

Thanks to Raven actress Teagan Croft, it’s pretty obvious now that Donna Troy will be brought back using the Lazarus Pit.


Lady Vic

The fact that Lady Vic will be appearing in Titans season 3 was originally confirmed by me, though it’s worth noting that this has not officially been confirmed yet. Nevertheless, we have also learned that the sixth episode of the upcoming third season is named after her. That’s confirmation enough for me.

If you’re not familiar with the character of Lady Vic, that’s fine; I wasn’t either. Lady Vic seems to be a very niche character, as she seems to mainly be a Nightwing villain, though she has appeared in other comics, like, for example, a Secret Six comic issue (which also happened to be her last appearance in comics so far). It’s always good to hear that writers of live-action adaptations are digging deep into the comics and using very niche characters for their projects, as this allows them to almost completely reinvent the character without much backlash. Titans has done something similar with comic characters in the past, most notably the antagonists of the first half of season 1: the Nuclear Family.

Lady Vic, whose real name is Elaine Marsh-Morton is an English noblewoman who works secretly as an assassin, bounty hunter, and mercenary. She is employed on a semi-regular basis by Roland Desmond and appears most frequently as an antagonist of Nightwing. Lady Vic first appeared in Nightwing issue 4 and was created by Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel. Lady Elaine is descended from a long line of British soldiers and mercenaries, and a genuine English aristocrat. The money she earns from her secret career helps prevent foreclosure on her impoverished family estate. Elaine is a highly-skilled martial artist and athlete, and equally skilled with firearms. She has a sentimental preference for a collection of antique weapons handed down by her ancestors, souvenirs of their colonial exploits: a matched pair of Katar, a Japanese katana, a Thuggee strangling cloth, a Maasai javelin, and a Webley revolver.

Season 3 episode 6, titled “Lady Vic,” will obviously feature the character of Lady Vic. Though this raises the question: how big will her role be this episode, let alone this season? It’s worth noting that Titans has been fairly inconsistent with how much focus characters get in episodes titled after them. For example, season 1 episode 2 was titled “Hawk and Dove” and as the episode title implies, was heavily focused around the crime-fighting duo. Similar episodes and their titles include season 1 episode 4, titled “Doom Patrol,” season 1 episode 9, titled “Donna Troy” and others. Then again, Season 1 episode 10, titled “Koriand’r” wasn’t really centered around the character of Starfire, as much as it just started a new storyline with the character. A storyline that ended up tying into the season finale (or, well, the season 2 premiere episode, seeing as how the actual finale of the first season was cut, with parts of it being merged with the first episode of the second season). Other examples of episodes that are titled after characters but don’t really focus on those characters include season 2 episode 5, titled “Deathstroke,” and season 2 episode 7, titled “Bruce Wayne.”

It is unlikely that episode 6 will be centered around Lady Vic the same way, say, season 1 episode 4 is centered around the Doom Patrol. Lady Vic, in season 3 episode 6, will most likely have a role similar to what Deathstroke had in season 2 episode 5, where a large part of the episode centers around a violent altercation between the villain and the Titans. All things considered, I don’t expect Lady Vic to have a large role this season.

Another question that you might want to ask is: “Why is Lady Vic fighting the Titans, anyway?” While we don’t know how Lady Vic gets introduced in the season, we do know that most of the season will be spent in Gotham, a city that is filled with rich crime bosses and supervillains who would gladly hire a mercenary such as Lady Vic, to take down a superhero team like the Titans. Another possibility is that the Red Hood might have hired Lady Vic to go after the Titans. Lady Vic could also possibly be similar to Dr. Light, Shimmer, and Deathstroke, to where she has already fought Dick or the Titans before and feels threatened by the fact that the superhero team is now located in her city.


51 Percent

When thinking about what season 3 episode 7, titled “51 Percent,” could be about, the first thing that came to my mind was Superboy. Throughout the second season of Titans, Conner has been struggling with his identity. It was stated that he is an artificial human being, made up of the DNA of Lex Luthor and Superman.

“51 Percent” could follow Conner as he tries to figure out which one of his father’s genes are the most dominant in his body, as they would shape what kind of person Conner will become. Another Titan that has been struggling with identity is Raven, who, early on in the second season, confided in Starfire about the fact that she’s worried that she’ll become evil, as she’s part-demon with her father being a full-fledged demon. Kory reminds Rachel that nobody is born good or bad, and that she has the power to decide if she wants to be evil or not based on the choices she makes in life. It would be nice to get a scene like this in Titans season 3, but between Conner and Rachel.


Home

Titans Season 1 Episode 10 (2018)

The title of season 3 episode 8, “Home,” can refer to a lot of different locations as the titular “home.” 

Will the Titans find permanent residence in Gotham and accept their new headquarters as their home? Will we see glimpses of Tamaran, the home of Koriand’r and Komand’r? Will the world (or just Gotham City) finally accept the Titans, not as outlaws, but as their protectors, resulting in the Titans feeling “home” in their position as a superhero team? Or could this be the end-result of a potential Red Hood redemption arc, ending with Jason finally feeling like he has found his home in the Titans? We could even visit Azarath, a location we would have seen in the now-scrapped original season 1 finale.

While there are lots of locations that characters in the series can call their home, the most prevalent theory is definitely that we will get to see Tamaran, the home planet of Starfire and Blackfire. This would not only allow us to explore a planet with an amazing otherworldly society of aliens, but it would also give us some much-wanted (and much-needed) lore regarding the backstory of Starfire and the main antagonist of the season, Blackfire.

While Starfire is a fan-favorite character, we don’t really know much about the character compared to other characters like Nightwing and Raven. This is partially due to the fact that, for most of the first season, Kori was suffering from amnesia and didn’t know much about her own past. She did not, however, have amnesia in the second season, though her character still remained largely unexplored. The writers are hoping to fix this in Titans season 3, as it’s been said that the third season will focus on the character. This is what Blackfire actress Damaris Lewis had to say about her role as the main antagonist of the season, during DC FanDome:

Lewis: It’s funny you say that because the villain, you know… I think the villain is generally always my favorite character in a lot of movies because there’s a reason why, that they’re a villain. And I’m excited to see, especially what gets cooked up, uh, for our duality, I would say, especially like with Kory being of the same, I guess blood, or whatever we have on our planet. But with different abilities. So I think it’s going to be really interesting, seeing what happens. I think the good sister, bad sister relationship will have a microscope put on it, and it will start to reveal complexity that we didn’t know about.


Souls

Teen Titans: Raven (2019)

While at first glance the title of Titans season 3 episode 9, “Souls” seems to be hinting at something that has to do with the resurrection of Donna Troy (and/or possibly Jason Todd), I think this might be a red herring: I think the episode could possibly focus on Raven and the concept of her soul-self.

In the comics, Raven can astral project a solid black energy form that takes the shape of a bird, called her “soul-self.” Her soul-self can travel long distances, become intangible, and is able to telepathically communicate. It can act as a shield as it can absorb a limited amount of energy and solid matter, regurgitating them before reintegrating with Raven. Using her soul-self, she can convert her physical body into her soul-self and carry or teleport herself and others over a limited distance. Her soul-self can mentally subdue at least one person by enveloping them inside of itself. Raven’s soul-self could initially stay outside her body for exactly five minutes; failure to reintegrate in time would cause mental torment for her, though she eventually overcame this limitation. In her third body, Raven acquired the ability to fly. Raven is shown to be able to fly unaided in space.

Raven in Titans also has a soul-self, though her soul-self is less developed and much weaker. In season 1, her Trigon-possessed soul-self repeatedly tried to convince Rachel to give in to her powers and bring Trigon back. In the pilot episode of the series, while Raven was unknowingly in the process of being kidnapped, her soul-self warned her about what was about to happen and told her to run. This implies that her soul-self, even though it was under Trigon’s influence, cared about Rachel’s well-being. This is the extent of the development that Rachel’s soul-self got in the first season.

In the second season of Titans, her soul-self still has its own agency, though this time it is much more subtle about its actions. It was established early on in the season that when Rachel falls asleep, a dark cloud forms above her body, attacking anybody who touches it. A few episodes later, Rachel unwittingly brings a stone gargoyle statue to life. This was done by her soul-self. Several other hints were dropped throughout the season that hint at something being wrong with Rachel’s powers. Hopefully, the ninth episode of the third season develops this storyline further.


Troubled Waters

The title for episode 10, “Troubled Waters,” is the vaguest episode title of them all. The only real theory that I can come up with for this episode is that “Troubled Waters” could possibly be related to Donna Troy’s storyline, as the title might be a reference to Styx.

In Greek Mythology, Styx is a name shared by both a river and its god. When I am talking about Styx, I’m referring to the river. The river Styx forms the boundary between Earth and the Greek Underworld. It’s likely that episode 10 focuses on Donna Troy coming back from death through the “Waters” of Styx, with the “Troubled” part of the title being a reference to the fact that something is stopping Donna from coming back. This could be because of some kind of villain or challenge that Donna has to face, but it’s also possible that Donna might just not want to return to life for whatever reason.

Something else worth noting is that the river Styx is known to grant invulnerability to living beings who bathe in it, as war hero Achilles did when he was a baby. In Greek mythology, Achilles was a hero of the Trojan War. Ancient Greek Legends state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for one heel, because when his mother Thetis dipped him in the Styx as an infant, she held him by one of his heels. Alluding to these legends, the term “Achilles’ heel” has come to mean a point of weakness, especially in someone or something with an otherwise strong constitution.

As we previously mentioned, the following was stated at DC FanDome:

Host: Okay, well, then I wanna ask, is the way Donna died going to affect how she might live?

Walker: Absolutely.

Wonder Woman: Earth One #1
(2016)

What if Donna Troy returns from death through the Styx and develops invulnerability? Donna bathing in the Styx during her resurrection could result in her becoming more powerful and/or developing immunity to electricity-based or physical attacks. We did previously learn that Starfire is becoming stronger in season 3 in order to defeat Blackfire, and that the writers have planned for Gar to learn how to turn into multiple different kinds of animals. If we know that Starfire and Beast Boy are set to become more powerful in season 3, who’s to say that the writers aren’t planning something similar for other superpowered characters, like Wondergirl and Raven?

There are some holes present in this theory, though: First of all, Donna Troy actress Conor Leslie was recently seen filming a scene for (supposedly) season 3 episode 5 with Tim Drake actor Jay Lycurgo and Hawk actor Alan Ritchson. The fact that Lycurgo was present during the shoot implies that this can not be a flashback scene. If this is the case, Donna will not be coming back in episode 10, as she will be sharing scenes with Tim Drake in episode 5. Secondly, this theory implies that my earlier theory about episode 5 being centered around the character of Donna Troy is wrong.

Troubled Waters also happens to be the title of a Batgirl comic issue. Having read the comic though, it does not seem to be relevant. Besides, I doubt Barbara Gordon will be having that kind of plot significance that late into the season. If you still believe that the comic might be relevant in some way, you can read its synopsis below:

 terrifying creature is threatening members of the Burnside YMCA—but no one can catch it! It’s up to Batgirl to plunge into the unknown depths and risk being zapped out of existence to put an end to the danger!

Yeah, I don’t think Blackfire will be interrupting a Titans pool party with sea creatures. It is far more probable that the “Troubled Waters” episode is related to Starfire and Blackfire in some way. Episode 10 is one of the last episodes of the season after all, and the main storyline with the main antagonist has to pick up at some point.


Titans hails from showrunner Greg Walker and producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti. The current cast consists of Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Joshua Orpin, Savannah Welch, and Jay Lycurgo. The series has already been renewed for a fourth season. Production on Titans season 3 began on October 14, 2020, in Toronto and will wrap up in June. No premiere date has been set yet, though the season is expected to premiere in July.

Seasons 1 and 2 are now available to be watched on HBO Max in the United States and Netflix internationally.

By Emre Kaya

Editor-In-Chief of The Vulcan Reporter. Bylines include; What's On Netflix, The Cinema Spot, The GWW. Contact: emre@thevulcanreporter.com

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