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Icicle Jr: Will Cameron Mahkent ‘break bad’ in DC’s Stargirl Season 2?

by Conor O'Brien
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DC Comics character Cameron Mahkent is better known as Icicle Jr. Will Hunter Sansone’s Cameron on DC’s Stargirl turn against the JSA?

Played by actor Hunter Sansone, local Blue Valley teen Cameron Mahkent is part of the large ensemble on DC’s Stargirl. Cameron is the only main character by the end of Season 1 to be unaware of his town’s superheroes and villains.

However, he plays an important role on the show as the son of Season 1 antagonist Jordan Mahkent/Icicle (Neil Jackson) and love interest to the title character, Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (Brec Bassinger).

Any DC Comics enthusiasts who watch DC’s Stargirl will know Cameron Mahkent by another name: Icicle Jr. Although this hasn’t been explored on the show yet, the comic-book Cameron Mahkent eventually follows in his father’s footsteps as a rival to Stargirl.

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Considering former DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns is the creative mastermind behind Stargirl, it’s safe to assume that villainy will be in Hunter Sansone’s future as Cameron the show. It would have been difficult to justify in Season 1, due to Cameron’s relative limited appearances in comparison to the other main cast members.

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Other than Courtney Whitmore, Cameron has rarely interacted with any of the JSA on-screen, however, as Blue Valley seems to be a small town, it’s likely that Cameron has crossed paths with Yolanda (Yvette Monreal), Beth (Anjelika Washington) and Rick (Cameron Gellman) at some point in their upbringing.

In addition to being unaware of the JSA’s existence, he also has no reason to hate them… yet. At the end of Season 1, the group was directly responsible for Jordan’s death and the defeat of his own group, the Injustice Society of America (ISA). Courtney’s younger stepbrother, Mike Dugan (Trae Romano) was the one who delivered the fatal blow.

The first season ended before showing Cameron’s reaction to his father’s death on-screen. However, since they seemed to have a close relationship, Cameron will probably be angry about the loss. It would be easy to direct blame at the JSA… however, someone will need to manipulate Cameron’s emotions for this to happen.

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Could he team up with his fellow surviving children of deceased ISA members, Cindy Burman/Shiv (Meg DeLacy) and Isaac Bowin (Max Frantz) to form a new supervillain alliance? Three heads are better than one and all would have a common goal of finishing what the original group started.

When we interviewed Hunter Sansone during Season 1, he gave his own insight into Cameron and Jordan’s relationship, as well as how Jordan’s death could potentially impact his character, “ Well, I think Cameron and Jordan love each other very deeply, regardless of Jordan being a while, on and off, spending the majority of my childhood with my grandparents. I’ve been fortunate not to experience this in my own life but I would assume in some cases that if someone loses a family member, the other remaining family members would either get very close to one another or pretty distant…. Any way you put it, I definitely believe Cameron and Jordan have a very strong bond, regardless of some of their distant interaction.”

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From what was shown in Season 1, Cameron seems to be an ordinary, friendly guy who has a crush on a nice girl. It seems hard to believe that this person could eventually become a villain.

As Hunter Sansone said in our interview, Cameron could become distant from the people around him. Although he still has his grandparents, there’s no predicting how Cameron will react to effectively becoming an orphan. That level of trauma could change anyone into something unimaginable.

We do know Hunter Sansone will be back for Season 2, as he appears in this video. If you pay close attention, castmate Cameron Gellman refers to Hunter’s character as “Icicle Jr”… whether that was a genuine slip-up or a tease remains to be seen.

DC’s Stargirl will return for Season 2 on August 10, airing on The CW.

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