Smallville Wiki

The tenth and final season of Smallville began airing on September 24, 2010, on The CW television network and concluded its initial airing on May 13, 2011, with 21 episodes.


The end of the beginning starts here. Taking flight in its tenth and final season, this modern retelling of a hero's legendary origins continues to blend realism, action, heart, and humor as Clark Kent soars toward claiming his birthright.

Clark has emerged from his darkest hour, only to find the path to his destiny blocked by ghosts from the past—shadows in the present tempting Clark toward the darkness at every turn. Despite insurmountable odds, is Clark strong enough to step into the light and claim his rightful place as Earth's mightiest protector?

As Smallville's epic ninth season came to a close, General Zod and his Kryptonian Army declared war on the people of Earth. Clark prevented the deaths of thousands, if not millions of humans by using the Kryptonian Book of Rao to stop the attack. The spiritual tome opened a gateway to another world, one where Clark's people could exist in peace. One-by-one, every Kryptonian on Earth was propelled across the universe, but as Clark prepared for his "ascension," Zod refused to leave. Using a blue kryptonite dagger to make himself human and avoid being sucked into space, Zod remained behind so that he could rule a world without its guardian, Clark Kent. Having no other option to rid the world of Zod's tyranny, Clark plunged the dagger into his own abdomen, protecting himself from ascension—and exiling Zod in the process. Though victorious, Clark's win was bittersweet as he plummeted off the building and into the darkness below.

After a fateful kiss, Lois Lane realized that the two men she had been torn between all season—Clark Kent and Metropolis' heroic Blur—were one and the same. Having finally found redemption and a second chance at love, Chloe Sullivan and Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow ripped apart. Chloe was forced to painfully listen to the love of her life, Oliver, was abducted by mysterious assailants during his attempt to help Clark defeat Zod's Army. And Tess Mercer, successor to the late Lex Luthor's empire and double agent for the now-defunct government organization Checkmate, was fatally burned at Zod's hand in an attempt to right past wrongs. As Tess flatlined in Metropolis General Hospital, she was visited by a shrouded, elderly woman whose motives are unknown.

Throughout season nine, Clark, bearing the iconic S-shield of his heritage, struggled to find his place between the human world in which he was raised and the Kryptonian world he was born into. Having made peace with his dual heritage, Clark, in season ten, must now find the courage to step out of the shadows and emerge into the light. Never before has there been such a dangerous time for Clark to step into the public eye and take on the mantle of the inspirational icon he is destined to be. As the tide of sentiment in Metropolis turns against heroes, branding them as unchecked vigilantes, our defender of justice will be called upon to re-define what it really means to be a superhero. Given how dangerously close Clark has skirted to crossing the line in the name of "justice" in the past, will he truly earn the right to be the symbol of good for humanity, or will he prove the naysayers right, that no one individual can be judge, jury, and enforcer.

In the midst of this turmoil, a new danger will emerge as a dark force takes on many faces, threatening Clark at every turn. Hawkman, Supergirl, and Jonathan Kent, Clark's late, adopted father—forever and always Clark's moral compass, will stand by Clark's side as he takes his final steps toward accepting his birthright. He will need all the help he can get to fight the impending evil onslaught... the greatest darkness ever unleashed on Earth.

The season ten premiere, "Lazarus," opens mere seconds after last season's finale. Clark Kent wakes from his near-death experience, haunted by the ghosts of his past, both friend, and foe. Given a new lease on life, Clark must find a way to rid himself of every last temptation, to purge himself of every last shard of doubt in his heart before he can become the beacon of hope the world needs. But a very real threat from Clark's past has returned to challenge his ascent, causing Clark to question the nature of his crusade.

Lois Lane will face her own crisis of meaning, trying to redefine her place in the world now that she knows Clark's super secret—but Clark won't discover that she knows, and that's the way she wants to keep it. Lois will try her best to keep the mild-mannered reporter at arms' length in the hopes that a life free of romantic complication will make him a better hero.

Struggling with her own affairs of the heart, Chloe Sullivan will be faced with an impossible question—how much is she truly willing to sacrifice to protect the people she loves? Chloe will take a tumultuous step into danger for the greater good, the hands of Fate, her only guide.

When Chloe vanishes, Oliver Queen will be forced to look long and hard at the circumstances behind it. Blaming himself for her disappearance, Oliver will begin exploring accountability for all his past actions, good and bad—what great lengths will Oliver go to in order to bring his lost love back home?

Having risked her own life in an attempt to become accountable for her own misguided actions, no one is more surprised than Tess Mercer when she wakes, alive and well, in a seemingly abandoned medical facility. But what secrets lie in wait in the recesses of "Cadmus Labs?" And how much is Tess willing to give up to seize her second chance at redemption?

Opening Credits

The Season 10 opening credits for each episode include the following:

Image29.jpg Image20.jpg
Image23.jpg Image24.jpg
Image25.jpg Image26.jpg
Image28.jpg Image27.jpg

Recurring Characters

The following Recurring Characters appear in more than one episode this season:

The following Recurring Characters appear in only one episode this season but also appear in other seasons:

Cameo Roles

Although the following characters appeared, they were not portrayed by their regular actors nor were their faces shown and their actors were uncredited.

Recurring Locations

Episode List: 2010-2011

Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
Clark Rises Smallville 10-1.png Lazarus Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson Director: Kevin Fair September 24, 2010 #197 1001
Lois finds Clark's lifeless body and removes the blue kryptonite enabling him to Heal himself. Lois sneaks away before Clark fully awakens in order to protect his secret. Chloe is desperate to find Oliver, so she turns to an unlikely source for answers. Jonathan returns to the Kent Farm with a message for Clark, and Tess awakens in Cadmus Labs.
1002Smallville0422HQ.jpg Shield Writer: Jordan Hawley Director: Glen Winter October 01, 2010 #198 1002
After Lois departs for Egypt, the Daily Planet hires a new reporter by the name of Cat Grant to take her place. An assassin named Deadshot takes aim at Cat but Clark learns the man has a dangerous agenda that involves the Blur. Carter Hall turns up in Egypt to keep an eye on Lois and he tells Lois about his wife Shayera.
1003Smallville0199.jpg Supergirl Writer: Anne Cofell Saunders Director: Mairzee Almas October 8, 2010 #199 1003
Clark is stunned when Kara returns to Earth and tells him Jor-El sent her to stop the dark force that is coming because he doesn’t believe Clark can handle it. Meanwhile, Lois confronts Gordon Godfrey, a shock jock radio who has been crusading against heroes, after he threatens the Green Arrow. However, Godfrey is possessed by the dark force and takes Lois hostage. Clark has to come to her rescue.
1004Smallville0492HQ.jpg Homecoming Writer: Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders Director: Jeannot Szwarc October 15, 2010 #200 1004
Lois convinces Clark to attend their five-year high school reunion. The visit has Clark remembering old times with Lana and Chloe while Lois is furious that no one remembers her five days as a student. Brainiac 5 uses his Legion ring to take Clark through his past, present, and future and shows Clark what really happened the night Jonathan died, Oliver's current pain and Clark's future at the Daily Planet with Lois and his role as Earth's favorite red and blue superhero.
SM ISIS 001018.jpg Isis Writer: Genevieve Sparling Director: James Marshall October 22, 2010 #201 1005
Lois decides to tell Clark she knows he's the Blur, but she accidentally activates an ancient artifact that transforms her into the Goddess Isis, complete with superpowers of her own. Oliver and Clark reluctantly decide to ask Tess for help with Lois. Meanwhile, after Cat Grant witnesses Lois as Isis using her superpowers, she decides Lois is the Blur and sets out to prove it.
S10e6-10292.jpg Harvest Writer: Al Septien & Turi Meyer Director: Turi Meyer October 29, 2010 #202 1006
Clark is concerned about Lois' safety so he diverts her away from covering the Vigilante Registration Act by suggesting she cover another story. After he comes clean with her, an angry Lois tells him that she can take care of herself, but when a flat tire strands their car in the middle of nowhere, their plans take a turn for the worse and Lois ends up in serious danger. Meanwhile, Tess searches for a cure for Alexander, who is rapidly aging.
1007SVAmbush643.jpg Ambush Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson Director: Christopher Petry November 5, 2010 #203 1007
The General and Lucy Lane decide to drop in on Lois and Clark for a surprise Thanksgiving dinner. Clark and the General get off to a rocky start after Lois' father bashes the superheroes and tells Clark he is trying to pass a vigilante registration law. In an effort to stop the vigilante registration act from being passed, Rick Flag lies to Lucy in order to lure Clark away from the farm long enough for him to assassinate the General. Lois is torn between making her father proud and her love for Clark.
1008Smallville0640.jpg Abandoned Writer: Drew Landis & Julia Swift Director: Kevin Fair November 12, 2010 #204 1008
Lois finds a video made for her by her mother, Ella Lane, before she died and after watching the tape, she makes a drastic decision about her relationship with Clark that takes her to the Fortress, where she comes face to face with Jor-El and Lara. Meanwhile, Tess has a nightmare involving herself as a child and a music box. This led her and Clark to an orphanage run by Granny Goodness who may not have the young girls' best intentions in mind.
Sv10x09 219.jpg Patriot Writer: John Chisholm Director: Tom Welling November 19, 2010 #205 1009
In an effort to protect the rest of the team, Oliver decides to register for the Vigilante Registration Act to see what the government plans to do with the new law. As he suspected, it was a trap to lure superheroes to an undisclosed location where he is confined to a jail and subjected to a battery of brutal tests under the supervision of Lt. Gen. Slade Wilson. Aquaman and his new wife Mera team up with Clark to free Oliver. Lois is frustrated when Clark continues to push aside her offers to help the team and sets out to prove she can play with the big boys.
Luthorepisode.jpg Luthor Writer: Bryan Miller Director: Kelly Souders December 3, 2010 #206 1010
Tess acquires a Kryptonian box that once belonged to Lionel Luthor. When Clark accidentally activates the box, he's transported to a parallel universe where Lionel found Clark in the cornfields instead of the Kents. In this universe, Clark Luthor is a murderer and Lois is engaged to Oliver. Clark must be careful not to tip off Lionel that he's not his son while trying to figure out how to get back to Earth where Clark Luthor was transported in his place.
1011Smallville1380.jpg Icarus Writer: Genevieve Sparling Director: Mairzee Almas December 10, 2010 #207 1011
The VRA is in full effect and things take an unfortunate turn of events after the Green Arrow tries to stop a mugging but is attacked by citizens for being a super hero. Clark discovers that the civilians who attacked Oliver were all marked with a darkness tattoo. Carter Hall and Stargirl return to help Clark deal with Slade's re-emergence after he kidnaps Lois.
1012Smallville0682.jpg Collateral Writer: Jordan Hawley Director: Morgan Beggs February 4, 2011 #208 1012
Clark, Oliver, Lois and Dinah are released by the VRA after being captured at Hawkman’s funeral but each of them have flashbacks of Chloe holding them against their will. When Chloe returns, Dinah warns the others that Chloe may now be a traitor. Oliver dismisses her concerns but Clark is unsure if he can trust Chloe after she disappeared without an explanation.
S10ep13-main.jpg Beacon Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson Director: Michael Rohl February 11, 2011 #209 1013
Clark is surprised to see Martha on the news speaking at a pro-vigilante rally. However, surprise quickly turns to horror when he and Lois watch as Martha gets shot on national television. Meanwhile, Lionel reveals himself to the world and reclaims LuthorCorp from Tess and Oliver. Lois and Chloe decide to cheer Clark up by showing him videos from thousands of vigilante supporters professing their support for The Blur.
SvS10e14.jpg Masquerade Writer: Bryan Miller Director: Tim Scanlan February 18, 2011 #210 1014
Chloe and Oliver are mistaken for FBI agents investigating Desaad's recent string of murders and the pair are kidnapped by Desaad's minions. Desaad tries to infect Chloe with the darkness. Meanwhile, Lois tells Clark he needs to be more careful with his identity and suggests a disguise.
1015Smallville0181.jpg Fortune Writer: Anne Cofell Saunders Director: Christopher Petry February 25, 2011 #211 1015
After Zatanna sends a magically spiked bottle of champagne to Clark and Lois for their bachelor/bachlorette parties, the gang blacks out after the toast and can’t remember anything about the night before. When Lois realizes she lost her engagement ring and drags Oliver back to the Fortune Casino, the two run into the owner Amos Fortune, who accuses them of stealing money from him. Meanwhile, Clark tells Chloe he has a memory of stealing an armored truck the night before.
SvScion10x16.jpg Scion Writer: Al Septien & Turi Meyer[2] Director: Al Septien March 4, 2011 #212 1016
Lionel and Tess go head to head in a battle for the Luthor name. Clark and Lois are stunned by Tess' latest present to them.
SV1017-1158.jpg Kent Writer: Genevieve Sparling, Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders Director: Jeannot Szwarc April 15, 2011 #213 1017
Clark is shocked to find a mirror box in the barn. Clark Luthor surprises him and sends Clark Kent back to the alternate reality where Clark runs into a very angry Jonathan Kent. Meanwhile, back in our reality, Clark Luthor visits Tess and tells if she doesn’t side with him he’ll kill her. Lois asks Emil to help her bring Clark back.
S10e18-booster.jpg Booster Writer: Geoff Johns Director: Tom Welling April 22, 2011 #214 1018
Lois tells Clark it's best to make "Clark Kent" forgettable and awkward so people don’t suspect he’s The Blur. The two are stunned when a fame-hungry superhero from the future, Booster Gold, sweeps into town and begins making saves and posing for press ops, completely winning over the city of Metropolis as the "World’s Greatest Superhero". During one of Booster’s saves, an alien weapon in the form of a scarab fuses itself to a boy named Jaime Reyes. Being unable to control the suit, it starts attacking Metropolis.
E19dominion.jpg Dominion Writer: John Chisholm Director: Justin Hartley April 29, 2011 #215 1019
Tess learns that General Slade was found unconscious on a street corner, proof that someone has gained access to the Phantom Zone's escape portal and sent him back. Clark decides to return to the exiled land to make sure other phantoms are not fleeing and is furious when Oliver tricks Clark into taking him along. With Clark Kent's powers and abilities
S10e20-main.jpg Prophecy Writer: Bryan Miller & Anne Cofell Saunders Director: Michael Rohl May 6, 2011 #216 1020
Clark takes Lois to the Fortress to get Jor-El blessing for their marriage. Jor-El bestows a unique wedding gift on the couple – he gives Lois Clark’s super powers so she can see what it’s like to be him for a day. Unfortunately, the Toyman has returned to Metropolis, so Lois must go up against the notorious villain instead of Clark. Meanwhile, Oliver searches for the Bow of Orion, which he believes will remove the Omega symbol from his skull, and runs into Kara, who is also on a mission to stop Darkseid.
Sve21finale.jpg Finale, Part 1 Writer: Al Septien & Turi Meyer Director: Kevin Fair May 13, 2011 #217 1021
Lois and Clark continue to struggle with the decision of getting married. Meanwhile, Oliver plans to take away Clark's powers forever at his wedding, Clark starts to see Jonathan's ghost. Chloe returns to Smallville, Clark and Lois' wedding is interrupted by a dangerous evil, and Tess discovers Apokolips is heading for Earth. Part 1 of a two hour Series Finale
S10e22-018.jpg Finale, Part 2 Writer: Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders Director: Greg Beeman May 13, 2011 #218 1022
Tess is kidnapped by Lionel, who wants to take her heart in order to revive Lex. Oliver battles Darkseid's minions. Tess makes a sacrifice for the greater good, Lionel is possesed by Darkseid and Clark finally embraces his destiny. Part 2 of a two hour Series Finale



Promotional pictures


See also

Season Ten in Smallville
Details EpisodesCharactersScreentimeBody countMusicOpening CreditsScreencaps
Backstage DirectorsWritersDVD
Seasons in Smallville
TV Season OneTwoThreeFourFiveSixSevenEightNineTen
Comics Season ElevenContinuity


  1. Includes his uncredited voiceover in Shield as well
  2. Al Septien Confirms Writing Episode 10.16 Twitter
  3. Erica Durance told that her contract ran through Season 10. TVGuide
  4. Cassidy Freeman said that her contract runs three years. TVGuide
  5. Justin Hartley said he would return if the show wants him back. TVGuide
  6. Callum Blue stated in a interview that his contract signed him for two
  8. Smallville: An Original Cast Member Returns
  10. "The CW Announces 2010-2011 Schedule", dated May 20, 2010.
  11. KryptonSite News: 'So When Is Geoff Johns' Next Episode On The Schedule?', dated October 25, 2010. KryptonSite