We picked up right where we left off, with Oliver and Slade participating in the world’s firmest handshake. Slade had just made a sizable donation to Moira’s campaign and seemed to be all about eliminating that pesky wage gap. As Slade put it, he and Moira have something in common — they know how difficult it is to pick yourself up when other people have written you off. And with full glasses of Slade’s authentic Australian rum, they all drank to friendship. Seconds later, Slade asked about the boat accident, and more specifically, the island that must’ve been hell for Oliver.
And to hell we went! The majority of the episode took place on the island, where Oliver was perfecting the art of training shirtless in preparation for the big takeover. The first step in their plan involved burning what was left of the Mirakuru so that Ivo would never get his hands on it. And the second step involved a toast, not dissimilar to the one we just watched at the Queen mansion. Slade had been saving some booze, but considering this might be their last night on the island, they raised a glass to taking the freighter, getting off this island forever, and to Shado. That night, Oliver dreamt of Shado, but it wasn’t nearly as pleasant as it sounds: She was asking “why didn’t you choose me?”while repeatedly stabbing him. So perhaps the better word to use there would’ve been “nightmare.” However, some good came out of it: Oliver woke up and put on Shado’s hood for the first time. At the same time, Slade grabbed that Deathstroke mask. It was game time.
Question: Now that Arrow‘s Oliver knows Moira had an affair with Malcolm Merlyn, is there any hope for a reconciliation between mother and son? –Nikki
Ausiello: From all appearances, not any time soon — especially given his behavior this Wednesday in the presence of mom’s rakish new friend, Mr. Slade Wilson.
I don’t even know where to begin. Did that just happen?! Was that the firmest handshake in the history of the forever?! I think so, people! It’s official. Slade Wilson is alive and currently in Oliver’s living room! I have no idea where to go from here, but I know I’m excited about it. But for the time being, what do you say we go back and reflect on what might be my favorite episode of the season? Deal? Deal.
I’m not quite sure why I loved this episode so much. Part of it was definitely Robert Knepper’s Clock King. Not only was Knepper amazing — as was expected — but I loved the villain. He was just the right amount of creepy, intelligent and badass. Plus, something about that opening sequence felt very Dark Knight-esque to me, and that is a compliment of the highest esteem. Combine all that with Oliver finally telling Laurel off, Felicity being Felicity, and a shirtless threesome fight scene, and I am one happy viewer. Let’s get to it!
We jumped right in with an introduction to The Clock King as he set up his first heist. The biggest thing I took away from a scene? I’m not sure I could get down any stairwell in 5.38 seconds, unless I was either falling or sprinting down the stairs of Verdant to witness Sara, Oliver, and Diggle (!) train without their shirts on. I couldn’t help but think that it was about time they let Diggle join in on the fun, but perhaps they shouldn’t have, considering he made Sara’s head bleed (which I actually thought was kind of awesome). Then the trio started comparing scars as Felicity looked on and failed miserably at joining the conversation. Alright, everyone hit the showers! It’s time for Sara’s back-from-the-dead party!
It’s a good day to be Arrow.
Because as dark (and deadly) as things have become in Starling City, the mood on the CW hit’s Vancouver set in mid-February is bright and lively, given the news that series lead Stephen Amell just helped shoot across the Internet: Season 3 is happening.
Not long after tweeting out the good word — and prior to blocking a quite pivotal scene that will air this spring – Amell kicked back in his trailer for a conversation with TVLine, sizing up Team Arrow 3.0, anticipating the inevitable Oliver/Slade showdown and surveying the many complicated relationships a chiseled billionaire vigilante must navigate.
TVLINE | How does the lead of a show find out about renewal? Is it a [WBTV president] Peter Roth phone call? Is it [CW president] Mark Pedowitz…?
You know, Peter Roth has been so wonderful to me — you can print that. [Laughs] He called me the morning after we premiered and he was really excited, and then he called me the morning after our second episode, when our numbers held, and he was like, “It’s on, baby.” He was super pumped. Mark Pedowitz had a conversation with several execs, and then I found out about a half hour before [the press release], because they wanted me to tweet the news and share it on Facebook. It’s good because we’ve seen some really interesting growth in terms of some demographics that are a tough get. I fully expected the show to be renewed, but I’m also of the school that I can’t…. I mean, I haven’t even extended the lease on my apartment yet, so it’s a real honor that they have faith in us and that they do these early renewals.
En route to visit the set of The CW’s Arrow in Vancouver last week, I tweeted an invite for fans of the superhero series to hit me with questions for the cast.
Without further ado — and with just one week to go until Season 2 resumes next Wednesday at 8/7c — I present (some of) the responses I procured from cast members Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson, Colton Haynes and Caity Lotz, plus EP Marc Guggenheim (who was on hand to celebrate the show’s early Season 3 pick-up).
Team Arrow is getting crowded. Is anyone worried that the new additions will affect the core of the team? -Michelle
Stephen Amell acknowledges, “It’s not a very big cave,” but points out that the likes of Roy and Sara are “part of the team ‘with a lower case T.’ I mean, there’s myself, Diggle and Felicity — and everybody else for the moment is just kind of a visitor.”
Will Moira make life hell for Felicity now that she’s told Oliver about Thea’s paternity? –Michelle
Susanna Thompson says that she and Emily Bett Rickards both “thoroughly enjoyed” that confrontation, in which Oliver’s gal Friday revealed that she had unraveled the long-held Queen clan secret with a few clicks of a mouse. But as of right now, there doesn’t appear to be any blowback. In fact, Thompson herself admired Felicity’s candor. “I thought she had a lot of chutzpah to show up at Moira’s mansion and put it to her — with no bodyguards!” the actress said with a laugh. “I wouldn’t put it past Moira that she actually respects that.”
Stephen Amell reveals more info about the second half of season 2 and even tells us what to expect up to season 5! Plus more on Diggle’s much awaited time in the sun and wanting Ra’s al Ghul on the show. Read on for more.
1. Oliver’s 5 years on the Island will be explored over 5 seasons
“Oliver has a back story… and we have a plan to tell that backstory over 5 seasons. That’s the plan but all you ever think about is shooting episode 18 right now. That’s our forty-first episode… and all we think about is we need to make our forty-first episode better than our fortieth episode.”
2. Season Finale will be BIG on size and scope
Which he reveals won’t be finished filming until April 17th.
“Some people haven’t heard about the size and scope of our finale. We are actually saving money on episodes we are shooting right now so that we can put it into the finale. And I have no idea how they are gonna turn that around in time.”
3. Diggle is getting his moment in the sun
The “Suicide Squad” episode will be all about Diggle, so much so that Amell will only be filming 4/9 days (usually he films up to 7 days) for that episode.
4. Stephen Amell want’s Ra’s al Ghul to be on the show.
“I want Ra’s al Ghul on the show. Let me clarify something about the pronunciation of Ra’s al Ghul. Because Nyssa in the most recent episode says Raysh, but its been established prior by people in Starling city saying its Razz. So I needed to follow suit despite mild protestations made by me. It would be fantastic to see that character on the show. We certainly name dropped him… a lot.”
Note: Stephen previously said he desperately wanted Bruce Wayne on the show, so the sudden change in opinion could be a hint.
5. Episode 15 is called “The Promise” and its all about Katie Cassidy’s Laurel and Ollie
“Before flying here I watched episodes 14 and 15. There’s a scene between Katie Cassidy and I in episode 14 that I’m incredibly proud of and as a whole… the episode 15 is called “The Promise”… and as a whole I was just blown away by that episode. I actually bought wi-fi on the plane yesterday so that I could be in email with the producers and the director just to say I’m very proud to be a part of this. Our 15th episode is by far our best episode of the series.”
6. Roy’s role on the team and his relationship with Ollie
“There is an uneasy alliance, because Oliver brought Roy into Team Arrow out of necessity not desire. He needed it at that particular moment. He’s worried. Because, as we are about to explore about what’s happened on the island, things so really bad with Slade, really really bad. He’s determined to not let that happen to Roy… but Roy has a lot to do to prove himself for Oliver to fully trust him.”
Okay, rant over. Let’s step away from Ollie for a minute and meet Nyssa al Ghul, who, after failing a security check at customs, took out the entire airport security staff. Oh yeah, I like this girl already.
Meanwhile, our other fierce female had returned and had grown fond of our favorite Arrow cave workout: the shirtless salmon ladder! (I see you looking at her, Diggle. Although, with those abs, can you blame a man? Can you blame me?) Sara’s workout came to an end when Ollie returned from visiting Laurel at the hospital. He wanted Felicity to check Laurel’s blood work after noticing something was off with her eye. And he was right. Laurel didn’t have any drugs in her system when she collapsed. She had been poisoned by Tibetan snake venom. So that’s what that guy at the bar was doing last week! What did I think he had? A battery? That’s embarrassing. Sorry guys.
After a brief meeting with her father, Sara started walking home when Nyssa pulled a P!nk and spun down from above. Nyssa and Sara looked at each other. Nyssa walked closer. I tensed up. And they KISSED! Might I have a new favorite couple on this show? I’m thinking so! Sadly, their introduction was cut short when Sara pulled away and the Arrow made his presence known. Sara told him to trust her, and she went off to talk on a rooftop with her ex-lover. Nyssa explained how Sara had taken an oath to the League of Assassins. The only person to ever be released form the League was Malcolm Merlyn, and we all know Ra’s regretted that one. Sara tried to explain that what was left of her soul couldn’t take all the killing, but Nyssa was more focused on how Sara had left her without saying goodbye. Sara told her that she had loved her … past tense, ouch. When Sara told Nyssa to do what she had to, she tensed, waiting to be killed. Instead, Nyssa walked away.
Oliver Queen and Sara Lance have faced many a villain together on “Arrow,” but when Nyssa al Ghul — daughter of the infamous Ra’s al Ghul — makes her way to Starling City to bring Sara back to the League of Assassins, things will get messy.
Zap2it screened Wednesday (Feb. 5) night’s episode, “Heir to the Demon,” for a Q&A with executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg as well as Nyssa herself, Katrina Law, and we can promise that Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter does not disappoint. She’s intimidating and a ruthless fighter but is also a real person, with shades of gray like any well-written villain.
Here are five spoilers from the episode:
Nyssa’s motivation for bringing Sara back is not what you’d expect: “Nyssa is obviously Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, and second to him she’s one of the most important figures in the League,” Kreisberg says. “They sent their first round of minions to come for Sara, and that didn’t go so well for them, so now they’re bringing out the big guns. I think the way Nyssa comes into the story is in a far more provocative and surprising way than the last round that came in episode 205.”
Bonus fact: There’s an easter egg hidden in Season 2 episode 5 that hints at a big reveal in this episode.
The salmon ladder makes an appearance … but it’s not Oliver using it: That’s right: Someone else takes that piece of equipment for a spin. And according to Kreisberg, the actor who plays the character in question actually did the first two rungs on their own before the stunt double had to step in to do the final rungs. Now that’s impressive.
Nyssa and Oliver’s fight scene is epic (and we mean epic): Just because Nyssa trained in the League her entire life, Oliver’s skills are pretty well-matched with hers, which leads to an incredibly intense fight sequence.
“When it comes to fighting, I think it’s during the epic battle that they have together that she suddenly realizes that just because he’s only had a couple of years compared to her I think more than a decade’s worth of training that he is still a formidable opponent,” Law says. “So I think the respect-factor for a legitimate fighter standing in front of her goes up.”
Felicity reveals some major info about her history: Felicity will be pushed to reveal some of her long-awaited backstory due to some stressful circumstances. But it’s only the tip of the Felicity-iceberg.
“When we sit down, our first thought is, ‘What is the Oliver of this episode?’ But success has allowed us to start looking at the other characters and their emotional journey,” Kreisberg says. “There are two massive things that are going to happen towards the end of the season that [you'll hear Felicity say in this episode] that will be paid off.”
Guggenheim says they plotted out Felicity’s history way back in Season 1, and that’s how they’re able to tease it first in this episode before revealing it all later this season. “You will get payoff to those things [teased] later on this season,” Guggenheim says.
One major relationship takes two steps forward while one takes a massive step back: We can’t reveal which relationship moves forward and which will be destroyed (seriously, destroyed), but we can reveal that both will have major ramifications moving forward. Guggenheim teases the next few episodes will be dealing with both relationships in a big way.
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
This week’s episode of “Arrow” was a bevy of teases and set-up for comic book fans, as well as pay-off for the long simmering Roy (Colton Haynes) storyline, finally bringing him into the fold as part of Team Arrow. But things, according to series star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) and Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim, are just getting started. Here are some big teases for what’s coming up in the next few weeks:
Roy Joins Team Arrow
Guggenheim, who wrote this week’s episode, on whether we’ll see Roy (and others) in costume soon.
Marc Guggenheim: “If people just suddenly start putting on costumes and fighting crime alongside Oliver, I maintain that diminishes what Oliver went through on the island for five years. If it was as simple as putting on a mask and fighting crime, then everybody could be doing it, and the five years of hell that transformed Oliver into the Arrow would be meaningless by comparison. So we’re very careful not to do that. At the same time, whenever you do expand the circle of trust that Oliver has, and you invite new people into learning about it, you do open up story possibilities for that character.”
Creatively, Arrow’s second season has soared like an arrow shot from Oliver Queen’s quiver. And if star Stephen Amell is to believed (he is) the last batch of episodes in the show’s second season are only going to get better.
Amell took some time out of his busy schedule of filming, auditioning (hmm…), and doing push-ups to talk to EW about the rest of the season to come — and tell us everything he could about the highly anticipated Flash pilot. His answer regarding the latter might surprise you.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At the end of last week’s episode, Oliver officially agreed to help Roy navigate the waters of his new situation. Talk to me about their dynamic.
STEPHEN AMELL: Well, I don’t suspect that Oliver is going to be the most patient of teachers. He has trouble being a teacher at the best of times. So he’s going to try to teach Roy but what he’s really trying to do in the early going is control him because he doesn’t trust Roy if left to his own devices because of his history with Slade Wilson and what he saw become of Slade on the island. It’s going to be interesting. I don’t think that trying to control him is one of the best things. And I think it’s going to have disastrous results. But we will see.