Originally Posted by The Bushranger
Well, given that
is intended to join the team next year, edging out Aqualad, slowly, makes sense from an out-of-universe perspective.
I wonder what the reasoning is behind it. Did they just have no ideas left for character growth? Were they always planning to write him off the show? He seemed to have such a prominent place at the beginning of the season and now it is so different. They never really fleshed out his character though beyond "oh angst about being a leader" so maybe that is the problem.