Arrow showrunner promises new villain is 'pure evil', worse than any that's come before

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Jul 28, 2015

You’d think the creative team behind The CW’s Arrow would have trouble topping legendary DC baddie Ra’s al Ghul, but it sounds like they have someone even scarier lined up for Season 4.

Producer and showrunner Marc Guggenheim chatted with Access Hollywood about their long-term plans for new baddie Damien Darhk, who will be portrayed by new addition (and veteran actor) Neal McDonough. After dealing with somewhat relatable villains the first few years (i.e. Slade’s revenge, Merlyn’s efforts to “save” the city, etc.), Guggenheim said Darhk will be the show’s first truly evil villain.

Here’s an excerpt from what he said about the new baddie:

"Damien's a different kind of villain than we've had on the show before. He's not as centurion as Ra's, he's not as looney tune as Slade, he's not as -- and people will be surprised I use this word -- but he's not as noble as Malcolm Merlyn. He's pure evil. We wanted someone who was truly, truly malevolent. We've never done that on the show before. All of our big bads always thought they were doing… the wrong thing for the right reason. This guy does the wrong thing for the wrong reasons.

It's a bad situation to have this guy coming in. And the other thing that we're doing that's different is in past seasons, you've had to wait 'til usually the mid-season finale to meet the big bad and have Oliver confront the big bad. We are coming out of the gate strong. We're not waiting and actually, that itself has really energized the show and it infuses even the 'villain of the week' episodes with an epic-ness that they wouldn't otherwise have.”

As the show prepares to return from a season finale that truly felt like a series ender, it’s nice to see they’re trying to shake up the formula to keep the show fresh. The formula has worked well the first few seasons, but it’s going to take something truly epic to keep fans hooked after the sometimes-erratic storylines of last year.

Also of note: Arrow co-star Paul Blackthorne has revealed what seems to be the first look at McDonough on-set and in-character. Check that out below.

Nice to be working with Neal McDonough this season...

Posted by Paul Blackthorne on Monday, July 27, 2015

Arrow's fourth season debuts October 7.

(Via Access Hollywood)

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