A scene almost exactly like this was written for the end of the “Class Warfare” two-parter. That ending would have resolved Cass and Jen’s argument from the beginning of that arc, with Cass voluntarily giving an on-camera interview to a news crew, which Cass and Noah later watch on tv, and then have a conversation like the one they have here.

As writing and drawing “Class Warfare Part II” dragged on and on, I rehashed it several times, and eventually wrote a completely different ending. I liked the original scene, though, so I held onto the script to be reworked as the ending to Phase Three instead.

Just like with the release of the previous chapter, during the months when the pages for “Synthesis” were being released, the website banner was modified to feature this chapter’s focus characters: Cass, Flint and Thirteen.