"They'll be safe here, I promise."
"I know. Thanks, Mum.
Rip Hunter thanks his past caretaker
"Last Refuge" is the twelfth episode of the first season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the twelfth episode overall. It aired on April 21, 2016.


The team is targeted by The Pilgrim, a deadly assassin who wants to erase the Legends from the timeline by killing their younger, non-superhero selves. As a protective countermeasure, Rip decides Sara, Snart, Rory, Professor Stein and Jax need to kidnap their past selves first before The Pilgrim gets to them (Rip and Kendra are safe as Rip's past is a mystery and Kendra's ability to reincarnate makes killing her relatively pointless, and the only 'safe' point for the Pilgrim to attack Ray occurs when he is an adult and able to defend himself). Coming face-to-face with the younger versions of themselves proves to be both a physical and emotional challenge for certain members of the team who would rather forget their past. Rip tells them he has a refuge for their precious cargo – an orphanage that raises future Time Masters and where he himself grew up.[1]


"I just pulled younger me's head out of his ass."
"I doubt it will stick."
"You're right.
—Jax helps Mick see that some things cannot be changed


Preparation ran from January 25 until February 2, 2016. Shooting ran from February 3 until February 16, 2016.[2]



Sneak Peeks



  • When Ray saves a younger version of Mick Rory, he says to him "come with me if you want to live", referencing a famous quote from the Terminator franchise. Appropriately enough, both this episode and Terminator contain one common thing in that The Pilgrim and Terminator are sent by their employers (Time Masters and Skynet, respectively) to eliminate their targets in various time periods where they represent a great threat for them; in Terminator's case, it's about preventing a human victory in human-machine war in the future, while in "LOT" case it's about not just to correct mistakes in timeline, but also because of secret alliance between Time Masters and Vandal Savage that was revealed later on.
  • At approximately 31:24, The Pilgrim is holding a multi-functional mouse as a controller.
  • Rip points out that he is safe due to his original name not being known to the Time Masters, thus they cannot track him. Kendra is not a target as killing her is pointless, due to her reincarnation cycle.
  • Although never seen, Anna Loring, Lisa Snart, Quentin Lance and Clarissa Stein were kidnapped by Pilgrim as well; only Jefferson's father James is seen kidnapped by her. All four of them appeared in this episode after their rescue (Anna and Clarissa appearing very briefly, Quentin and James appearing before and after Pilgrim's kidnapping); the only exception is Lisa who, is never seen, only pictured.
  • Interestingly, the Pilgrim goes after the teenage versions of Mick, Sara and a version of Ray before he became The Atom while targeting Jax, Stein and Snart as newborns. It's likely she chose the latter method as the Legends were able to get their past selves to safety on the Waverider.
  • The combined powers of Firestorm, the Heat Gun, the Cold Gun, the A.T.O.M. Exosuit and Rip's pistol are capable of reducing a target to nothing but smoking ash.
  • The characters technically shouldn't have had anything happen to them because the idea of an assassin going back to kill them would be the grandfather paradox but instead of killing their grandfather, the assassin killed them. If the younger versions of themselves died, the assassin in the future would have no reason to go back in time to kill them.
  • The Pilgrim is a loose variation of the character of the same name from DC Comic's imprint Wildstorm; they have some similar powers, but very different backgrounds and comic version of her having a real name. The latter version is also a member of Wildstorm team Wetworks.


  • When Kendra brings baby Snart to the Waverider, there is a shot of Snart with a pacifier in his mouth, which wasn't present before and disappears in the next shot.


  1. An Assassin Targets the Team In New "Legends of Tomorrow" Synopsis - Comic Book Resources
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter