Arrow Creator/EP Marc Guggenheim Talks The Rest of Season 2 [INTERVIEW]
WARNING: Spoilers for Arrow season two
As promised, I have more scoop from Arrow creator/EP Marc Guggenheim thanks to last week’s Q&A. He was able to tease much of the upcoming season without giving too much away, but that being said, he does talk about the rest of the season so continue at your own discretion!
When asked about the growing number of people who know Oliver’s secret and whether that secret will continue to grow, Guggenheim shared the following:
“By the finale, more people will know than currently do….when members of our cast of characters know, it draws them in to Oliver’s world and draws them in to the show more. So we tend to get more story out of people knowing than people not knowing.”
And for those of you wonder how former-detective Lance still hasn’t picked up on the fact that Oliver is the Arrow (especially now that he and Sara are palling around), Guggenheim had this to say:
“Episode 19 pretty definitively answers that question as far as Lance is concerned and the answer to that will surprise you. It’s not something you will expect.”
While fielding questions about the seemingly-solid Sara/Oliver relationship, Guggenheim shared that fans of this couple shouldn’t get too comfortable with their current arrangement.
“I don’t think anyone is ever in a good place for too long on Arrow. I will say that, where they are right now is not where they will end up by the end of the year either personally or professionally.”
In discussing what’s coming up for Thea, Marc gave us two separate tidbits, but my powers of deduction tell me that the two may be biological-daddy related.
“Thea learns something pretty massive in episode 18 and it will cause a tectonic shift in her relationship with Oliver.”
“The secret that Moira and now Oliver have been keeping from Thea will cast a very long shadow over the rest of the season. That will play a very big role all the way up to the finale.”
As this year’s Big Bad, Slade clearly has revenge on his mind, but for those of you (such as me) who thinks he’s taking all this a bit too far, Guggenheim promised we’ll have a better understand of his agenda before long.
“He’s clearly not in his right mind. And I think episode 18 will give you a lot of insights in to what’s going on in his head. Episode 18 is called “Deathstroke” in large part because we really do, I think, get a much greater sense of Slade’s agenda, where he’s coming from and what’s going on in his head.”
And while Guggenheim told us that the conclusion of their story won’t occur until the season finale, he did tease that we’ll have many big Oliver/Slade moments to hold us over.
“Their confrontation in 18 is a very unexpected one, the way it unfolds is very unexpected.”
Saving the best for last, Guggenheim wouldn’t reveal much about Felicity, but he did make it clear the writers have her backstory mapped out and they’re excited to share it with us in upcoming episodes.
“You’ll learn a little bit more about Felicity’s parentage in future episodes. Felicity is funny. Felicity has become this little mystery box where we slowly dole out pieces of information of her background and her life. That’s proven to be an unexpected source of fun for us…we have this whole backstory for her that we came up with…and it’s just been fun to dole out a nugget here and a nugget there and more will be forthcoming not only in season two, but also in season three.”
I’ll have more inside scoop from both Marc and Jessica De Gouw (Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress) in my next recap!
Arrow airs Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW.
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