Though fan reaction has been a bit mixed, there’s no denying that this season of The CW's Arrow is the most ambitious yet. So what does producer Marc Guggenheim have to say about the latest big twists?
Spoilers ahead for The CW’s Arrow!
First up, the lingering League of Assassins storyline finally came to a head, with Oliver (Stephen Amell) forced to accept Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to take over the League in exchange for using the Lazarus Pit to save Thea’s life. After Ra’s stabbed her last week. Yeah, it’s been that kind of season.
With Oliver now setting up camp in Nanda Parbat, Guggenheim said the remaining three episodes of the season will deal with how the team moves forward with Oliver now (basically) working for the enemy. Yes, we saw the team band together during Oliver’s apparent death earlier in the season, but Guggenheim told TV Line that knowing he’s out there alive working for the League makes things "a whole lot harder."
"There is a real trinity formed between Laurel, Diggle and Felicity. They’re all leaning on each other. They’re processing things in different ways. Laurel is throwing herself into her work saving the city. Felicity is struggling with heartbreak and grief," Guggenheim said. "She really goes through the seven stages of grief with Oliver. And Diggle, something happens in [Episode] 21 that really upends Diggle’s world, certainly vis-à-vis Oliver. That’s something that will have repercussions for the remainder of the season."
Next week’s episode is actually a baddie-of-the-week installment. The twist? The baddie of the week is Oliver, which should make things extremely interesting. His stylish new League-inspired outfit should make it even more fun.
Moving on to the realm of Olicity, fans of the coupling got a whole lot to cheer for Wednesday night. After a will-they, won’t-they that lasted for years, Oliver and Felicity finally hooked up. In Nanda Parbat, no less. According to Guggenheim, the events of the upcoming season finale (whatever they are) made Episode 20 the ideal place for the relationship to finally come to a head:
"I'm, personally, fond of the fact that it’s Ra’s who gives her the final push. One of the things that I keep seeing on the Internet is [that] Felicity has never told Oliver that she loves him, and that was very deliberate. We were holding that back this season. The same way we were holding back them sleeping together, we were also holding back her saying, ‘I love you,’ to him. We wanted it to be part and parcel of that moment."
Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW, and only three episodes remain. What have you thought of season three? Are the storytelling risks paying off, or have the writers taken a few too many chances?
(Via TV Line)