With almost a half-dozen TV shows on the air, it goes without saying — producer Marc Guggenheim a busy guy these days.
While promoting the new spinoff series Legends of Tomorrow, Guggenheim touched on what fans can expect from the back half of the season on The Flash. Now that all the setup work for Legends is pretty much wrapped, Flash will be focusing back on its main storyline following the big bad Zoom and Earth-2. It sounds like the Legends crossover stuff is pretty much done, though Legends will apparently connect back to the flagship shows in some unique ways (i.e. popping into the past, or future).
Here’s an excerpt:
“The rest of the season is really focusing on Zoom and the Multiverse. The early parts of seasons are really hard because you're setting things up. For us, that was sort of what the fun of Legends was was getting to bring all these characters on and having them fill out these early episodes while still being tied into the main narrative. But now for Arrow and for Flash, on Arrow it's Oliver versus Darhk and on Flash it's Barry versus Zoom, and that's really where the focus for both of those shows lie … It’s less about Flash and Arrow touching on Legends, and more about how Legends fits in with the Arrow-verse history that we've created. Legends is going to touch on both of those shows in some fun ways.”
Moving over to the series that started it all, Arrow, Guggenheim said they’re cooking up something brand new for the back half of Season 4. Instead of leading into the big bad battle around the season finale, Guggenheim teased that the 15th episode will be a “real game-changer,” meaning the A plot could see an early resolution, leaving room for a new story (or the aftermath?) for the remaining episodes.
Here’s how Guggenheim explained it:
“The back half of the season, we're pretty much following the same structure that we have in seasons past where obviously the Big Bad gears up. That said, we're going to throw a hard six in episode 15 that I think will surprise people. We’re going to do something that's never been done before on Arrow with the Big Bad. 15 is a real game-changer episode for us … [It] doesn’t involve a character death. It's a move that we've never made with one of our Big Bads…
One of the things I felt personally very strongly coming into Season 4 was Season 3 -- and I love Season 3. I know Season 3 gets knocked, but there's a lot of episodes there that I don't think quite get their due -- it ended with this orgy of plot twists, which I love. We went into Season 4 going we want Season 4 to resonate for reasons other than the plot twists. We want to come in and be very disciplined and tell a different kind of story. Even looking ahead to Season 5, to tempt fate, how's that going to be different?”
The Flash returns Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Arrow returns Wednesday, Jan. 20. Legends of Tomorrow debuts Thursday, Jan. 21. They all air on The CW.