Arrow was the highest rated premiere on The CW since The Vampire Diaries, and its popularity has continued over the course of the first season, leading to an early renewal for Season 2. Producer Marc Guggenheim was joined by cast members Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), Willa Holland (Thea Queen), Colin Donnell (Tommy Merlyn), and Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance) at WonderCon today to tease what's ahead as the season finale inches closer.
Though the finale isn't written yet, Guggenheim promises it's going to deliver. The Undertaking is where they're headed, and they've been saving resources for these last few episodes. “We've been basically setting aside money for the last several episodes to put towards the last two episodes of the season.” All the things they've been hinting at in terms of what the Undertaking is and all the stuff happening on the island will come to a head, and they've earmarked the money to do it justice.
In episode 21, they'll flash back to the past before the island. Guggenheim said, “We'll flash back to the days before the ill-fated boat trip. In those flashbacks, Colin Salmon will come back to reprise his role as Walter in days past.” Amell assured the crowd questions would be answered in the remaining hours. “There are no loose ends in the season, everything that happens eventually comes back home. Even the little things.”
Viewers can also expect Deadshot to come back in a very big way, and Guggenheim teased another return for the finale: “For those people who have been waiting for rematch of lifetime between Arrow and the dark archer from episode nine ["Year's End"], your wishes are going to be granted in ways you can't expect.”
Thea will apparently have a character defining moment in the season finale that Holland seemed excited about. She keeps asking for a bow and arrow for her character. Guggenheim pointed out how in the first nine episodes Thea was sort of all about Oliver; that's changed though. “She was two dimensional, and we've made an effort to make her into her own character and not just servicing Oliver.” He wouldn't reveal when or if she discovers Oliver's secret or whether Thea or Roy is Speedy.
Change is coming for Oliver, too. He's walking a line between doling out his form of punishment and becoming a serial killer. Felicity Smoak recently called him out on it. “We're coming to a point where Oliver is so hellbent about the list his father gave him and that is creating a lot of collateral damage. But, the list isn't going to be around forever and one of the things we're driving towards is Oliver doing things for a more virtuous reason than just revenge,” stated Guggenheim.
They are always trying to stay true to Green Arrow from the comics. Guggenheim said, “The Arrow has a long history of comics of being the voice of the underdogs. We're always honoring that.” They look all over the DC Universe for inspiration and though they have certain “jaw-dropping” moments plotted for certain points, the rest of it just depends on how fast the stories move. They've always had a five year plan for the island flashbacks, but Shado appeared a little sooner than they'd planned.
Rest assured they're keeping track of everything. Guggenheim teased their "boards have boards." They're tracking every piece of the series from the mythology to the character relationships and dynamics to even having a wish list of stuff they'd like to work in when it fits the plot. They have plenty of stories to tell in this universe.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.
Source : ign[dot]com