The last news concerning Chloe Sullivan’s future on SMALLVILLE concerned the show’s producer’s optimism regarding her return for the tenth season. It came down to contract negotiations with Allison Mack, with the spectre of her character’s possible death in the upcoming Season 9 finale. Legendary Chloe fans can breathe easier. It looks like she won’t die. She’ll be back for Season 10, but not as a regular.
If that sounds confusing, perhaps this statement Mack issued to EW’s Ausielo Files blog will clear things up.
== TEASER ==
“It’s amazing to think that Chloe Sullivan and I have been one and the same for over a third of my life… I’m truly humbled by the love and loyalty of all the fans whose enthusiasm has carried me — along with a cast and crew that has become my second family — over the past nine and a half years. Out of respect for the amazingly loyal fans and the place I will always have in my own heart for Chloe, I’m coming back for several episodes next season to tie up Chloe’s Smallville legacy properly. It’s been a life-changing ride… and I look forward to what lies ahead with the strength of a ‘superhero’ as my foundation.”
She probably could’ve remained as a series regular for another season (or more), but the girl’s been playing the same part for almost a decade, now. Surely, she wants to try other things. Actually, reading into the statement a little more, she doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility of Chloe dying. She could die and the scattered appearances throughout the next season could be flashbacks of the character or appearances of her ghost.