Arrow producer explains those shocking Flash and Roy twists (plus that big reveal)

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Dec 12, 2013, 9:38 AM EST

Holy. Crap. We finally got to see Arrow’s midseason finale, and it absolutely did not disappoint. So what do the producers have to say about all those shockers?

Spoilers ahead for Arrow’s midseason finale!

The episode was full of shockers, and it set up a ton of threads that the writers are sure to be tugging at once the season resumes in January. Luckily for us, producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg have opened up to Entertainment Weekly about all the dirty details.

We’ll break down the key points below.

So, yeah, the Flash has officially arrived: Most fans weren’t expecting anything truly Flash-related until the series’ upcoming standalone pilot (since the producers nixed the backdoor pilot idea), but we got a nice surprise in the closing shot. We got a nice peek at Central City, as well as the Flash’s lightning-related origins. But what happens now that Barry Allen is super-powered? Berlanti says we’ll be hearing a lot about his adventures in the background of Arrow’s main story: “In the back half of the year, you hear about what happened to him in the way that you’re hearing now about S.T.A.R. labs on the periphery.”

Roy’s apparently getting superpowers, too: Yeah, Roy’s story took a quantum leap forward when he was injected with Mirakuru, and Kreisberg says this development means Roy and Arrow will be spending “a lot” of time together, so Oliver can make sure Roy doesn’t go bonkers: “One of the fun things that will be happening the back half of the year is his relationship with the Arrow and how that changes and how the Arrow basically makes it his mission to not let Roy go down the Slade path, and that’s going to take some twists and turns that will hopefully surprise people and they’ll enjoy.”

Slade is this season’s Big Bad: We’ve been led to believe that Brother Blood might be this season’s Big Bad, but we finally got to see who was pulling his strings — and it turns out to be none other than Oliver’s old island pal Slade, who they injected with Mirakuru in an effort to save his life. Berlanti promises that reveal will drive the rest of season two:“Last year, we had Malcolm as sort of a single bad guy and twisting and turning that. This year, we’ve got a two-pronged approach to the bad guy. [This] helps us change the rhythms of the back half of the year from what we would have done last year.”

It’s going to be a long wait this Christmas until the show’s return on Wednesday, Jan. 15. What did you think of the big finale?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)