CW’s Arrow returned to the network last night, after a short scheduling break. In the lead up to the broadcast, the show’s producer; Andrew Kreisberg gave an interview to the guys over at Collider in which he discussed what’s going to happen in the last few episodes and gave a few hints about what series 3 might hold.
Warning to viewers of the show: There are spoilers in the interview. If you aren’t up to date with Arrow, you may want to hold off before reading this.
Episode 19: “The Man Under the Hood”, broadcasts tonight at 8pm on Sky1.
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In this week’s episode, Slade Wilson revealed Oliver Queen’s secret to his long-time friend, and on again, off again love interest; Laurel Lance.
When asked about Laurel’s somewhat surprising reaction to the news, Kreisberg had this to say:
“Laurel has obviously had a very rough year. When Slade told Laurel, he thought that that was going to be yet another devastating death charge into Oliver’s life. I think that Laurel’s reaction to finding out the news, and not just taking it at face value, but being smart about it, her emotional reaction to the news is surprising.”
“With Laurel, now that she knows, whatever she’s doing, whenever she’s in a scene with somebody, her world view has shifted and it’s different. I think Katie has really risen to it, and it’s really exciting to see how that plays out, in the last three episodes. Laurel makes the very classy decision to keep Oliver’s secret because she knows that what he needs right now is not knowing that she knows. She will discover, later on, that there is a time when he does need to know.”
Going on, he then gave more detail about how this revelation might affect the relationship dynamic between Laurel and Oliver he said:
“It’s Oliver and Laurel. It’s Lois and Clark. They can break up, get together, sleep together, break up, get married, get divorced, and she can forget him. The best part about the success of the show is that it’s always our desire to speed through story. The fans appreciate that. We just blow through things. We’re not like, “Well, we’ll do that in Season 4.” No, we’ll just do that now.”
He made sure to let us know that “Laurel will always be one of the closest people to him, whether that’s romantic or not.”
“There has been a subset of fans who have questioned our sanity and our talent, for making some of the decisions we’ve made, over the course of last year and this year, but somebody is always going to be upset. A lot of the things we have done have been leading up to what we’re doing in the finale, and then moving that forward to Season 3.”
He then went on to talk about the changes which the Queen family are experiencing from a financial point of view, how that will impact on the show and its characters leading in to season 3 and what we can expect:
“We’re gonna make it a thing. That plays out in the last five episodes. We’re gonna start Season 3 with Oliver in very different circumstances than he’s been before. Obviously, him being in different circumstances changes the circumstances of his paid bodyguard and paid assistant, since he can no longer pay them. For Season 3, you’ll see that some of our familiar standing sets from Season 1 and 2, that you’ve come to know and love as being Arrow, are gonna be retired for reasons that will become apparent, as you see these last episodes. We have already seen designs for some of the new sets for Season 3, which are amazing. We want the show to feel like it’s constantly evolving, changing and growing. If this year is the sequel, then next year is Arrow 3. As different as 2 is from 1, in 3, they got Ewoks.”
The final big talking point of the event was when Kreisberg was asked about the Flash spin off and the crossover of characters between that show and Arrow and why they decided to bring over a couple more characters for this episode:
“Originally, The Flash was going to be a backdoor pilot for Episode 20, but we were blessed with this very humbling success where those episodes were so well-received and came out so well that they said, “Make a full pilot.” We suddenly then had to make an Episode 20, which we’re always happy to do. We knew that a lot of the fans had been looking forward to seeing a little bit of The Flash in the season, and we felt obliged to fulfil that promise. And one of the fun things for the show, especially early in the season, we were constantly mentioning the particle accelerator. And then, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) coming to the show. It just felt like a fun way to bring up Barry and remember where he’s at, and give a little taste of the show. It’s a little more sci-fi than what we do on Arrow, but it felt a little bit more like you get a glimpse into what kinds of things The Flash will be up against, more than what is coming into our world. Growing up, Greg Berlanti’s favorite thing was that cross-overs between The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. I loved all of the cross-overs between Buffy and Angel. One of my favorite cross-over moments is in Angel, when Angel is Angelus and he hears the Slayer is in town. He calls Dawn and says, “Hey, is your sister there? She is? Great!” And he hangs up and goes, “Damn, it’s the other one.” It was just like, “Right, they’re all in the same world.” And this felt like that to me. It wasn’t like The Flash and Arrow were teaming up together. These people work at Star Labs and they know Felicity ‘cause she’s been there. I like that. It makes the show feel lived in.”
He added that there are no current plans for the characters of Cisco and Caitlin to return to our screens in Arrow, but we’re all looking forward to seeing more of them when Flash debuts later this year.
And finally, when asked if he could tease any information about the finale he said:
“The finale is f**king insane! I saw dailies. You’re gonna die!”
Sounds like Season 2 could just about live up to the level of tension set by the finale of season 1 and deliver another big ending that will leave us dying to find out what happens next. You can read the full interview over at Collider.
Arrow is broadcast in the UK on Sky1, Thursday nights at 8pm. You can also catch up with series one on Netflix now.