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By Mary     Apr 23, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Oliver Queen is no more.

With Thea (Willa Holland) on death’s door, Oliver (Stephen Amell) was forced to take up Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) offer: Join the League of Assassins in exchange for saving his sister’s life by putting her in the Lazarus Pits. Naturally, that had disastrous consequences during Wednesday’s episode of Arrow.

Though Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tried to trick Oliver by drugging him after they slept together so Team Arrow could help him escape, Oliver took his place as the Heir to the Demon. But is Oliver completely dedicated to the League? “Episode 21 answers that question pretty definitively,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim teases. What else is in store for Starling’s former savior and those he left behind? Here are highlights of what’s ahead:

Team Arrow is struggling: “One of the things we talked about is how is Team Arrow functioning post-Oliver,” Guggenheim says. “We didn’t want to go too much into crime on the rise because we felt like we did that with Brick. But certainly you’ll see in 21 and 22 what Team Arrow is up to and how they’re working to continue to protect the city while Oliver is away.” But Oliver’s absence this time around is very different than when they thought he was dead. “Knowing that he’s out there and alive, but a member of the League of Assassins, that’s a whole lot harder,” he says. “[Episode] 321 is one of our most emotional episodes. 321 is a villain of the week episode—it just so happens that the villain of the week is Oliver.”

However, the new trio that makes up Team Arrow (Laurel, Diggle and Felicity) will be able to lean on each other. “They’re processing things in different ways,” Guggenheim says. “Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is throwing herself into her work saving the city. Felicity is struggling with heartbreak and grief. She really goes through the seven stages of grief with Oliver (David Ramsey). Something happens in 21 that upends Diggle’s world vis-a-vis Oliver. That will have repercussions for the remainder of the season.”

By Mary     Apr 23, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

It’s no wonder Oliver Queen is suffering from an identity crisis. “Broken Arrow,” last week’s episode, was about how there was no more Arrow. Tonight’s wonderful, fan-service filled, tear-jerker of an episode ended with Ra’s al Ghul declaring that Oliver Queen was no more and all that remained was the Arrow. However, not the Arrow Starling City hated, then grew to love, and then hated again. This was someone different: “The Arrow, Ah Sah-Him, Heir to the Demon.” But, before we get there, we must first wade through the many exceptional moments of tonight’s episode—including Arrow taking its big boy steps into the supernatural.

“The Fallen” picks up right where “Broken Arrow” left off. Oliver returns home to find Thea on the floor bleeding and struggling to breath. She’s immediately rushed to the hospital, and the doctors are barely able to restart her heart. Oliver and Malcolm crying over Thea’s hospital bed is House-season-4-finale heartbreaking. By the time Diggle and Felicity show up, Oliver is broken and can barely form sentences. He notices smoke in the sky, a.k.a The League’s calling card.

Wasting no time, Oliver heads to the location and finds Maseo there with a message: the only way to save Thea is to accept Ra’s offer. Because this is family and Oliver’s only weak spot, he accepts. Everyone, including Malcolm who knows of the powers of the Lazarus Pit, objects to Oliver’s decision. Malcolm warns Oliver that submerging her in the pit won’t save her because the experience changes a person’s soul.

By Mary     Apr 21, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Marc Guggenheim says Oliver’s decisions in Wednesday’s hour bring changes “you will continue to see.”

Arrow is about to get supernatural.

The much-teased Lazarus Pit will be front-and-center in Wednesday’s episode, marking the first time the show will dive headfirst into DC’s supernatural mythology. In the comics, Ra’s al Ghul uses the Lazarus Pit to rejuvenate himself and even bring people back from the dead. In an earlier episode, he healed one of his own wounds using it.

In Wednesday’s hour, Oliver (Stephen Amell) must consider using the supernatural pit to revive Thea (Willa Holland), whom Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) brutally attacked in last week’s episode. The attack was all part of Ra’s’ ongoing quest to get Oliver to take over his mantle and become the new leader of the League of Assassins.

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Even if Oliver successfully uses the pit to heal Thea’s wounds, don’t expect it to be a tidy resolution. Thea’s father Merlyn (John Barrowman) warns in the trailer (below) that the Lazarus Pit changes people.

“Everything in the show has consequences, and that’s something we’ve been consistent about,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells The Hollywood Reporter.

With four episodes left in the season, the hour sets up the year’s end game, and its events reverberate much further.

“It’s something you will continue to see not just through the end of season three, but into season four,” Guggenheim says of the episode’s big moves.

Stay tuned to The Live Feed following Wednesday’s episode for a spoiler-filled post-mortem with Guggenheim.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

By Mary     Apr 21, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Arrow is finally going to give viewers everything they’ve ever wanted this week: an Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) sex scene. And even though the circumstances surrounding the hookup aren’t exactly romantic (unless attempted murder and nefarious scheming do it for you), the tryst will surely leave fans satisfied – particularly when Felicity says a few little words that she’s hoping will change everything for Oliver.

Get more scoop on Oliver and Felicity’s hookup, plus six other things to expect from Arrow’s final four episodes of the season:

1. Thea might never be the same: After Thea (Willa Holland) was stabbed by Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), Oliver realizes he has no choice but to place his sister in Nanda Parbat’s Lazarus Pit this week. However, the Pit’s powers of resurrection come with a few serious consequences. “We sort of established very clearly that the Lazarus Pit returns you, but not always in the condition in which you left,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said. “So there’s a lot of stories to be told with Thea and her recovery.”

2. Roy will be back to say goodbye: Three weeks after faking his death, Roy (Colton Haynes) will return to say goodbye to Thea in the penultimate episode (airing May 6). “Certainly, we owed the audience some closure for this three-season-long love story between these two characters,” Guggenheim said.

3. Team Arrow gets a new lair: Since Lance’s raid last week, Team Arrow has found themselves homeless. Thankfully, Ray is kind enough to offer his assistance in housing the vigilante organization. “You’re going to see them hanging out a great deal in Palmer Technologies,” Guggenheim said. We’ll also get to see one final appearance of the lair in theApril 29 episode.

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4. Oliver and Felicity’s hookup comes with a twist: Oliver and Felicity are going to do the deed in Nanda Parbat, but you’ll never guess who pushes Felicity to finally go there – or how it ends. And once Felicity makes up her mind, she doesn’t hold anything back. “One of the things that I keep seeing on the Internet is, ‘Well, Felicity’s never told Oliver that she loves him,’ and that was very deliberate,” Guggenheim says. “We were holding that back this season in the same way we were holding back them sleeping together.”

5. Oliver will reconnect with his dark side: Team Arrow won’t take Oliver’s decision to join the League of Assassins lightly, but his choice will become even harder to bear in the April 29 episode. The emotional episode “is a villain-of-the-week episode. It just so happens the villain of the week is Oliver,” Guggenheim revealed.

6. Nyssa is in trouble: Oliver joining the League has huge consequences for Nyssa (Katrina Law), particularly when the organization sets its sights on her in the April 29 episode. Luckily, Nyssa will have the protection of Laurel (Katie Cassidy), as well as the remaining members of Team Arrow. And through all these trials and tribulations, viewers will get to learn more about Ra’s mysterious daughter. “Not in terms of backstory, but in terms of how she reacts to things and how she’s dealing with life post-[Ra’s offer to Oliver],” said Guggenheim.

7. Team Arrow will soldier on: What is Team Arrow anymore? That is one of the questions the group will struggle with after losing Oliver and Roy. “There’s a real trinity formed between Laurel, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity. And they’re all sort of leaning on each other and they’re processing things in different ways,” Guggenheim said. While Laurel distracts herself by trying to save Starling City and Felicity struggles with her grief over Oliver’s departure, the April 29 episode will “really [upend] Diggle’s world, certainly vis-a-vis Oliver,” Guggenheim said. “That’s something that will certainly have repercussions in the remainder of the season.”

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Source: http://www.tvguide.com

By Mary     Apr 16, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

If there’s two things we know about Oliver Queen, it’s that he needs to be in control of everything and hates having to depend on people. This season, Arrow has been concerned with exploring what exactly happens when Oliver encounters an existential threat (such as Ra’s al Ghul) that forces him to cede control and turn to others for help. To make matters worse for him, his teammates, who used to blindly follow his orders, are becoming more assertive and independent. And, Oliver reacts as anyone else would to losing control: He doubles down and tries to reassert his dominance, which has led to some not so likeable behavior. But, his behavior is understandable.

Thus, we arrive at tonight’s episode, which brings this theme into sharp relief. With Lance hot on his trails and his Arrow persona compromised, Oliver Queen has no other option, but to turn to others for help—which we know he hates. However, by the end of the episode, he’s definitely learned that depending on people isn’t such a bad thing, and that sometimes, he is the one who needs to be saved.

Last week’s episode ended with Roy, dressed as The Arrow, turning himself into the police to save Oliver. Tonight, we pick up right after he’s been arrested. Naturally, neither Oliver nor Lance is happy with this course of events. Lance is made even angrier when Laurel uses the law to get him to release Oliver. Newly freed, Oliver pays Roy a visit in an interrogation room and demands to know what the hell he was thinking. However, Roy doesn’t back down from his plan. Not only does he feel he deserves to go to prison for his crimes, but he also knows that the city needs Oliver more than it needs him. Oliver saved his life by bringing him onto the team, and now it’s his turn to repay the favor.

By Mary     Apr 15, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Surprise: Roy Harper is the Arrow. Raise your hand if you believe him. Crickets?

Arrow fans won’t be the only one questioning Roy’s (Colton Haynes) sudden declaration that he’s Starling City’s hooded savior. Let’s not forget, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) already knows that Roy is Arsenal, so despite Roy’s bid to save Oliver (Stephen Amell), the dogged police captain will still be setting his sights on taking Ollie down.

Oliver, meanwhile, will try to protect his young protégé as the League of Assassins puts increasing pressure on the Emerald Archer to become the new Ra’s al Ghul—which, based on the recent promos, will soon come to fruition. Will Roy come out of this alive? And will Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) bid a special goodbye to the soon-to-be Heir to the Demon? EW caught up with executive producer Marc Guggenheim to get the scoop.

By Mary     Apr 15, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

In this week’s “Arrow,” Oliver asks Ray for help taking on DC Comics villain Deathbolt (Jones). How is Ray feeling about him now that Oliver’s secret is out in the open?

I think he definitely feels like a bit of a fool, reacting the way he did, and that feeling is created because of the way Oliver ends the fight — his true nature really comes out, that he is not a crazed vigilante, that he’s an honorable man — and I think that allows Ray to have massive respect for him in that moment. And whatever has come between them, even in the world of Felicity, is forgiven because there’s no point in begrudging this guy, because in that moment Ray can see all that he’s done for the city and for Felicity and for Ray too.

How does Ray’s first official mission as a protector of Starling City go?

It definitely has hiccups… Ray, for as smart as he is, gets very excited and some problems and issues don’t get checked, and so thankfully, again, Oliver is there to help save the day. They really are forced to team up to combat this new threat to Starling City, because we don’t often get meta-humans in Starling and we’re posed with having to take care of this issue. Ray has a really cool suit, but he needs to be more than just a super-suit, and that’s where Oliver can come in, and I think they both get a bit of respect for each other in the next episode, so it’s a bonding episode.

What can you tease about what’s ahead for Ray and Team Arrow in the build-up to the season finale?

Ray continues to be a part of helping Team Arrow and spends a lot more time with everyone and is able to see the dynamics of how the team works, how a team does work, what is his role and even more, the interactions between Oliver and Felicity and how the relationships play out. Definitely all that becomes more evident to Ray and Ray’s journey progresses to wherever it’s going. [Laughs.]

“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Source: http://variety.com

By Mary     Apr 15, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Surprise: Roy Harper is the Arrow. Raise your hand if you believe him. Crickets?

Arrow fans won’t be the only one questioning Roy’s (Colton Haynes) sudden declaration that he’s Starling City’s hooded savior. Let’s not forget, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) already knows that Roy is Arsenal, so despite Roy’s bid to save Oliver (Stephen Amell), the dogged police captain will still be setting his sights on taking Ollie down.

Oliver, meanwhile, will try to protect his young protégé as the League of Assassins puts increasing pressure on the Emerald Archer to become the new Ra’s al Ghul—which, based on the recent promos, will soon come to fruition. Will Roy come out of this alive? And will Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) bid a special goodbye to the soon-to-be Heir to the Demon? EW caught up with executive producer Marc Guggenheim to get the scoop.

EW: Even though Roy has taken the fall for Oliver, is Lance still coming after Oliver?
MARC GUGGENHEIM: Yeah. It’s funny, after episode 18 aired, a lot of people were tweeting at me going, “Wait a minute, Lance already knew Roy was Arsenal. He’s not going to fall for this.” While not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing, that’s why I want to encourage people to check out episode 19, because we have not forgotten the fact that Lance is already aware that Roy is a different superhero. As a result, Lance is in possession of information that the rest of Starling City isn’t in possession of. How Lance reacts to the end of episode 18 is going to be very interesting in comparison to how the rest of the city reacts.

What kind of danger is Roy in now after taking the fall for Oliver and ending up in prison alongside many of the bad guys that Team Arrow put there in the first place?
I think those guys in prison are all really understanding. They knew that Roy had a job to do and they’re chill guys. They’re actually very nice and very misunderstood. I personally can’t see it working out as anything other than awesome, but I’ve also been known to been wrong before. [Laughs] It might turn out to be pretty complicated for poor Roy.

We know the cast had been tweeting about a possible goodbye, so should we be even more worried about Roy’s fate?
Purely judging from my Twitter feed, it seems like a lot of people are worried. You’re definitely going to want to watch 19, or not watch 19, as the case may be depending on how you feel about Roy. I’d definitely check it out. I will say the shot of the knife or the shiv being passed forward in prison didn’t bode too well. That was ominous.

What steps might Oliver take to try to protect Roy?
Oliver’s first instinct is to try to break Roy out of prison, but there’s a whole lot of practical reasons why that isn’t a good idea and isn’t even possible. As Felicity says to Oliver in episode 19, she’s seen him do a lot of amazing things, but breaking someone out of prison seems a little bit beyond his capabilities.

Based on the promos depicting Oliver in the League of Assassins garb, he’ll be accepting Ra’s al Ghul’s offer. Can you talk about how that changes not just his mission, but him as a person and the show moving forward?
When you watch episodes 18 and 19 back to back, you’ll see that we well and truly blow up the franchise. Then in episode 20, Oliver really has no choice but to join the League. The show really becomes a different show. In fact, we just recorded a new saga sell for episode 21 because the old saga sell became obsolete. I really just mention to explain how fundamentally different the show is in its final three episodes of the season.

I’m sure Oliver’s hand is forced and he has to join the League, but will he try to find the best in it?
I don’t want to say one way or the other because part of the fun of the final three episodes is discovering life in the League through Oliver’s eyes and experiencing what Oliver experiences. There’s quite a few changes, twists and turns over the course of those last three episodes that I’d rather let people be surprised by.

How does Team Arrow feel about Oliver leaving them?
That’s probably the big emotional journey and story. Dealing with the emotional fallout of Oliver joining the League is really the essence of episode 21. It’s very much a Team Arrow-centric episode, as you’d might expect, as everyone has to come to grips with what Oliver has done.

We saw in the promo that Oliver and Felicity appear to be hooking up. Is that a goodbye hookup?
They appear to be hooking up. Honestly, I really don’t want to spoil it. I want the promo to speak for itself and I like the fact that people are speculating about: Is it a goodbye? Is it a dream? Is it a hallucination? What’s going on? On Arrow, the one thing that is consistent is that it’s incredibly inconsistent and hopefully always doing something unexpected and surprising. Things can happen on Arrow that happen in a way that’s very different than what is necessarily suggested by the promos, in some instances.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Source: http://www.ew.com

By Mary     Apr 06, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

With members of The CW’s Arrow and The Flash production teams floating between conventions this weekend, there’s plenty of talk going around about the series, the future of the CWverse (since they’re currently shooting season finales) and, of course, the planned spinoff that will feature The Atom, Firestorm, Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl and more.

Both Arrow star Stephen Amell and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg were quizzed on the upcoming series, with Amell giving a few concrete details while Kreisberg stuck mostly to generalities.

“I would imagine that I will be appearing on all three shows,” said Amell during a panel at Fan Expo Canada. “I would imagine that we will be sprinkling characters in. I know that there’s a plan for one character who originated on Arrow and is not one of the main characters on the new spinoff to sort of hover between all three shows and that will be their job, so to speak. So you’ll see a lot of interconnectivity next year.”

Technically, of course, he’ll be appearing in at least four series, since he and The Flash star Grant Gustin will both appear on the animated Vixen series for CW Seed, which is set in the same world as their live-action shows.

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By Mary     Apr 02, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

This sentence is repeated twice in tonight’s episode and is ironic given how often Arrow’s characters lie not only to the people closest to them, but also to themselves. Nonetheless, “Public Enemies” tackles it head on as we watch Arrow explore how traumatizing it can be when the truth about your loved ones’ survival is withheld from you. This is most notable in the main story line, which finds Quentin ordering a manhunt on all of Team Arrow.

Quentin’s renewed vendetta against Team Arrow is a reaction to having been lied to by not only his daughter, but also by the Arrow himself, who he believed was an ally. In fact, tonight’s episode is reminiscent of “Over the Edge,” a Batman: The Animated Series episode. In “Over the Edge,” Barbara Gordon, who is Batgirl, is severely injured in a fight against Scarecrow, which leads to her father finding out about both her dual identity and Batman’s real one. (Gordon goes as far as hiring Bane to kill Batman, however it all turns out to be Barbara hallucinating from Scarecrow’s toxins). It’s a similar set-up to tonight’s episode, because Gordon feels just as betrayed by the Batman as does Quentin by the Arrow.

For Quentin, the truth provides clarity. Not only has the Arrow led to his daughter’s death, but also to so much mayhem and destruction: Merlyn, Slade, Brick, and a whole host of other masked crazies who have plagued Starling since the Arrow arrived on the scene. The show raises, but never firmly answers, the question: How responsible is Oliver Queen for all of this? Is the Arrow worth all the drama that comes with him?

PRESENT DAY: STARLING CITY

We pick up right where last week’s episode left off with Maseo, dressed as The Arrow, firing on the Mayor’s office. In the confusion, the Mayor is shot and dies right on the spot, another one of her aids is hit, and Ray takes an arrow to the chest for Felicity. While Ray is in surgery, Quentin holds his first of many press conferences in tonight’s episode to announce that an arrest warrant has been issued for the Arrow’s arrest, he’s reforming the Anti-Vigilante Task Force, and that all the police officers have been ordered to shoot on sight. Tonight, Team Arrow learns that there ain’t no love in the heart of the city.