Added screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×16 – The Offer
Now that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has declined Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) offer, Team Arrow is definitely in danger—remember, it isn’t so much an offer as it is a demand.
Rumors that not everyone would make it out of this season alive were, surprisingly, first sparked by the cast, who detailed on Twitter that they had just shot a very emotionally draining scene. “Goodbyes are tough,” Amell tweeted. So, is someone really getting killed off?
In avoiding the question, executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have all but confirmed that someone really will be saying goodbye. “I can’t confirm anything,” he told EW at the recent PaleyFest panel. “In all honesty, there are so many surprises coming. I was on my way here and I was thinking about episodes 16-23 and the truth of the matter is, every episode contains a massive spoiler. It’s one spoiler after the other after the other and it’s really hard to talk about. I can’t even talk about who is doing what because, yes, there is the strong possibility that someone will not finish the season with us.”
“Every year characters come and go on all these shows,” executive producer Greg Berlanti added. “It’s just the nature. We always try and do it in the right away, I guess.”
Adding more fuel to the fire that the potential departing character won’t be leaving willingly is Emily Bett Rickard’s reaction to the same question. “Yeah, who dies this season? Season 3, who dies?” she taunted. “You guys will be heartbroken again. I think that’s why you guys keep watching the show because you like to hurt inside. Everyone you know and love you can see in season 2 and the beginning of season 3.”
Who do you think may be leaving Arrow? Find out as Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
Arrow viewers won’t have to wait long to find out if Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is going to become the new Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) since the Emerald Archer will make his decision by the end of Wednesday’s episode.
“The first act of our 16th episode is essentially the sales pitch,” Amell tells EW. “I even say to Ra’s, ‘Is all of this supposed to impress me?’ and he says, ‘No, this is supposed to inform you.’ He lays everything out and Oliver is a little more taken with it than some people might expect.”
The leader of the League of Assassins will do everything in his power to convince Ollie that saving Starling City is small potatoes when he really could be saving the world. “Ra’s is going to entice him by making a pretty good case for the League of Assassins,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “We’ve only seen the League of Assassins from Oliver’s perspective and a little bit from Sara’s perspective, but Ra’s is going to make a very compelling sales pitch. Ra’s has a view and a vision of the League of Assassins that is at odds with Oliver’s.”
Arrow returns next week as Oliver (Stephen Amell) has a big choice.
A Paleyfest panel featuring the cast and executive producers kicked off with a sizzle reel teasing the rest of the season. Among the revelations: Oliver’s secret identity is no longer so secret, with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Det. Lance (Paul Blackthorne) both learning he is the vigilante.
Wednesday’s episode picks up after Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable) has offered him the opportunity to take over his mantle and lead the League of Assassins. Part of the footage showed Merlyn (John Barrowman) telling Oliver, who survived a duel with Ra’s in the midseason finale, that legend has it that the man who survives Ra’s’ blade will become Ra’s Al Ghul.
“It’s an offer in name only. It’s not really an offer,” Amell said. “It’s a demand. If Oliver says no, there will be incredibly dire consequences.”
In mulling the offer, Oliver will take stock in what he’s accomplished in the time he’s been back in Starling City — and he will determine that what he’s accomplished isn’t that impressive.
“That makes being the idea of being the person who commands the League of Assassins in any way that he sees fit really appealing,” said Amell.
We will see a more “introspective” and “defeated” version of the character going forward, he said.
Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), who has been Oliver’s love interest but is now romantically entangled with Ray Palmer, returns in Wednesday’s episode unsure of if she is even wanting to continue to support Oliver’s mission.
“She needs the time to go and explore other options,” said Rickards.
There were plenty of digressions and fake storylines tossed around. Willa Holland (Thea) teased that Thea and Roy (Colton Haynes) would reignite their romance, and brought the house down when she pantomimed licking his face.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim joked there will be a romantic relationship between Malcolm Merlyn and Felicity’s mom (Charlotte Ross).
“That would be awesome!” said Barrowman.
Stephen attended The Paley Center For Media’s 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA – ‘Arrow’ And ‘The Flash’ at Dolby Theatre on March 14 in Hollywood.
– Public Events 32nd Annual PaleyFest – March 14 2015
When Arrow returns (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on The CW), Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) will be facing a very tough decision after Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) extended the Emerald Archer an offer to become the new Ra’s al Ghul and leader of the League of Assassins.
Ahead of Saturday’s PaleyFest panel honoring the series, a new—and very spoilery—trailer revealed that there’s a prophecy stating that the man who doesn’t perish at the blade of Ra’s al Ghul will become the new Ra’s al Ghul. However, Oliver may not actually have a choice in the matter. “It’s very interesting to have a big bad this year who is now very invested in Oliver staying alive,” Amell says. “If you know Ra’s al Ghul and you know his tactics…you realize that it’s an offer in name only. It’s not really an offer. It’s a demand. If Oliver says no, there are going to be incredibly dire consequences.”
As Ra’s al Ghul makes his pitch for why Oliver could help save not just Starling City, but the world, “It really actually does force him to really look within himself,” Amell says. “We see a very different Oliver, a more introspective, a more vulnerable and, in a lot of ways, defeated version of the character as we move towards the last portion of our episodes.” But it could push Oliver to open up to those around him. “You can only push people away for so long,” Amell teases.