Marc Guggenheim says of the big episode: “We’ve never ended a season the way we’re ending this season, where literally you are going, ‘How can the show go on?’ ”
Is Arrow about to destroy everything it holds dear?
Wednesday’s season finale picks up after Oliver (Stephen Amell) left his friends to die in a cell in Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) Nanda Parbat prison. Ra’s plans to release a toxin and destroy Starling City, and in order to stop him, Oliver has played along with the plan. Secretly, he’s been working with Merlyn (John Barrowman) to put a stop to it.
The season has already dismantled the Arrow lair and seen Sara (Caity Lotz) and Roy (Colton Haynes) exit the series. Though the CW series is coming back for season four, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says the episode has the feel of a series finale and that its conclusion will leave viewers asking, “How can the show go on?”
In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim weighs in on the finale’s big events, The Flash’s (Grant Gustin) role in the episode, and how it ties into the upcoming spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
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– Episode Stills 3×23 – My Name is Oliver Queen
There’s a party here in Nanda Parbat, excitement and a deadly virus are in the air! Yep, Oliver Queen Al Sah-Him is finally getting married, but there’s no verdict yet on if it will be the wedding of the century. However, Oliver and Nyssa don’t tie the knot until the end of the episode and there’s a ton of stuff to explore before we get there.
“This is Your Sword,” another strong installment of Arrow, focuses primarily on the scars Team Arrow incurred during their confrontation with Al Sah-Him last week. Some are definitely more scarred than others, and all of those wounds are readily apparent. One of the joys of the back half of Arrow’s third season has been seeing how far along Team Arrow has come since the first season, and tonight’s episode is definitely a reminder of how essential Arrow’s supporting cast is to the show. (Like, we need a reminder though.) As the episode unfolds, “This is Your Sword” reminds of us something Tatsu said to Oliver in “Uprising”: “To defeat a man like this Ra’s al Ghul, you must be willing not just to die, but to know what you have to sacrifice in order to beat him…It will be whatever you hold most precious.”
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– Screen Captures 3×22 – This Is Your Sword
As Oliver Queen—ahem, Al Sah-him (Stephen Amell)—inches closer to becoming the next Ra’s al Ghul, Team Arrow will make one last ditch effort to save his soul before the season finale, which is aptly titled “My Name Is Oliver Queen.”
“We’ve always said the season is about identity, and Oliver trying to decide between being the Arrow and being Oliver Queen,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “That’s obviously very present, as the title suggests, in the finale. Oliver’s arc over the course of the last episodes of the season relates to this question of ‘am I Oliver, or am I the Arrow.’ [It’s] very focused on that threesome” of Oliver, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
With Al Sah-him’s marriage to Nyssa (Katrina Law) on the horizon, and the subsequent potential destruction of Starling City to follow—wow, what a honeymoon!—Guggenheim teases that this year’s season-ender has the “same epic scope that we’ve established in season 1 and 2. It’s got some of the most emotional scenes that we’ve had in a season finale. We always say on Arrow that the season finale is time to go big or go home. I’m really optimistic [it] will feel every bit as big in terms of story and production value as our previous two season finales.”
But the team may find help from outside forces. “There’s going to be a big character returning for the finale that we haven’t announced yet,” Guggenheim says. EW can reveal that character is The Flash (Grant Gustin)—but even with the scarlet speedster on the case, Guggenheim cautions that fans should be very worried about their favorite heroes.
“We’re at the point in the season where, I think our fans know, it’s usually when the culling happens, so I think everyone knows that they’ve got reason to be afraid,” he says, noting that there won’t be a traditional cliffhanger leaving fans wondering about their favorite characters’ fates. “The season 3 finale of Arrow is very definitive. It really feels like the end, not just of season 3, but of the first three seasons.”
Though Guggenheim is cagey on what will happen in the finale, he does reveal what won’t happen. “The Arrow finale doesn’t relate to the spinoff at all,” the EP says of the planned project featuring Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz and many other familiar faces. “It’s pure Arrow.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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