Guggenheim on R'as al Ghul's Lazarus Pit: 'Magic fits pretty well' in Arrow

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

The CW’s Arrow has changed a lot since it launched as a superpower-less series three years ago, but it sounds like they’re finally ready to fully embrace its comic-book roots.

The show has gradually expanded its world to include superpowers, thanks in large part to its connections to The Flash and the event in Central City that created all these metahumans. But Arrow has also introduced its own sci-fi super MacGuffins in recent years, led by the super soldier serum that helped Deathstroke cause so much trouble. 

Next up? Magic. The big story this season revolves around DC heavyweight Ra’s al Ghul, who is well known to be (for the most part) immortal. The secret to his success is the Lazarus Pit, a magical pool that rejuvenates and heals (and sometimes brings people back from the dead). We’ve already glimpsed some major hints about the pit this season, but producer Marc Guggenheim told The Hollywood Reporter they’re finally hitting it head-on this week:

“All year long we've been teasing what comic book fans know as the Lazarus Pit. We'll learn a lot more about that in 316 … The world of magic fits pretty well into the world of Arrow. We’ve already seen superpowers on the show. Once you've seen super powers, the occult and magic — that actually fits better in Arrow than superpowers.”

After Oliver was stabbed and left for dead earlier this season, most fans assumed the Lazarus Pit would be the secret sauce that brought him back — but instead it was revealed that he was rescued after the fall and nursed back to health. After they let that easy intro pass, fans were wondering if we’d ever get a legit introduction of the Lazarus Pit. Turns out, yes. We just had to wait a while longer.

The Lazarus Pit intro is obviously a fun geeky addition, but what about the ongoing arc that saw Ra’s offer Oliver the keys to the League of Assassins? According to star Stephen Amell, it's an offer Oliver is definitely considering, especially once he realizes he might could do some good with the resources of the League:

"The League operates the way that Ra's wants it to operate — whoever Ra's is. So if you want them to stop killing, they stop killing. Whether or not that's true, remains to be seen. I would say Ra's in the beginning of episode 16, makes a pretty good sales pitch.”

After a brief hiatus, Arrow returns with new episodes Wednesday night on The CW. What do you think of the current season?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)