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After the script title had been blacked out in a Twitter post from executive producer Marc Guggenheim, SpoilerTV reports that the ‘Arrow’ season 2 premiere will bear the title “City of Heroes,” (no, not for the game), and introduce a new boss for Laurel Lance in the form of Adam Donner, the new Assistant District Attorney for Starling City. Shades of Harvey Dent, anybody?
Elsewhere, ‘Arrow’ season 2 will pick up on October 9 some time after the events of season 1 finale “Sacrifice,” continuing its ‘Batman Begins‘-influenced storytelling with the addition of multiple new villains to the series. Season 1 guest stars Colton Haynes (Roy Harper), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) and Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson) have all been upgraded to series regulars for the second year in Starling City.
Arrow’s new season will kick off it’s new season on October 9th.
Monday, Oct. 7:
Hart of Dixie
Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, Oct. 9:
The Tomorrow People
Thursday, Oct. 10:
The Vampire Diaries
Tuesday, Oct. 15:
Friday, Oct. 25:
The Carrie Diaries
America’s Next Top Model (starts Aug. 2)
After an absolutely heartbreaking finale, Arrow is moving full-steam ahead to a strong sophomore season.
JJJ caught up with some of the cast at the recent CW Upfronts in New York City to get their take on [...]‘s death, as well as where they hope the show will go next season.
Want to know what Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, and Susanna Thompson had to say about that shocking twist?
On the season finale
“I found out around shooting episode 17 or 18. The producers came up and spoke with Colin and then as soon as they spoke with him, they spoke with me. Then I spoke with him. We had actually be shooting episode 18 and our director goes, ‘So, you guys are almost done with the first season. Who’s going to die?’ I was like, ‘Does that have to happen? What do you mean?’ And then I thought about it a lot and ran through different scenarios in my head, and it still gets me right in the you-know-what.” – Stephen Amell
“I was sad for Colin. I already knew it, but to watch it. I thought we saw Stephen do stuff that we had not seen him do all season, emotionally. He was more human and I thought that was great. I’m looking forward to season two and the anty is up.” – David Ramsey
“I still haven’t watched the finale because of Colin. Colin’s one my best friends and I was very devastated for him.” – Colton Haynes
“Devastating. I had heard prior to the last episode that Colin would be… so yeah, I was devastated because I love Colin. I adore him. He’s a kindred spirit in many ways. Our theatre background, our tastes, and just our aesthetics. He’s a good, down-to-earth St. Louis guy.” – Susanna Thompson
On what to expect for season 2
“We honor gaps in time on the show, so we’re going to take a little bit of time. We’re not going to pick up seconds later in the first episode back. I think a little bit of time has past and everybody is going to be in an entirely different place than they were in the beginning of the first season.” – Stephen Amell
“I have a feeling [Laurel and Oliver] continue the will-they-won’t they, bad, love-each-other-hate-each-other thing. I have a feeling they’ll continue to go back and forth. They are star-crossed lovers, so who knows!” – Katie Cassidy
“The thing about Diggle and Oliver is that they’re both kind of suffering from the same demons. They both have post-traumatic stress – Diggle because of his time in the war and obviously Oliver because his time on the island. So I think they’re both always going to struggle with making connections. I think they’re going to learn to live with that and try to strengthen that, but it’s always going to be a place of contention, which I think is good for the story. It may drive them away, but they’ll always come back together.” – David Ramsey
“There’s three different versions that Roy can become. We pick up a little later (after the finale ended), so you’re going to love certain characters now and then hate some. I hope Roy can deal with his own inner struggles before any hero status or else, he can possibly turn a little bad.” – Colton Haynes
Arrow’s season-one finale left things unfinished. How unfinished? There was a heartbreaking death and half of Starling City was destroyed.
After the seriously epic hour, which saw Tommy (Colin Donnell) die right in front of Oliver (Stephen Amell), fans can definitely expect to see some changes when the CW breakout hit returns in October.
We caught up with Amell, Katie Cassidy and David Ramsey on the red carpet at the CW’s upfront presentation in New York City, where they dished on their “bigger” second season and Laurel’s (Cassidy) road to becoming the Black Canary…
“I’m expecting it to be simultaneously bigger and more personal,” Amell says of Arrow’s return. “Our world on Arrow is about to get a little bit bigger and there’s so much fallout that we’re going to find everyone in a very different place. It’s a second season, but it’s a new series.” Gulp!
After Tommy died rescuing her, Cassidy teases that “there will be some heartbreak” ahead for Laurel, but also a costume of her own?!
“She’s becoming stronger and she’s driven and very independent,” Cassidy explains, ” But she’s starting to stand up for what she believes in and maybe not always go through justice…hopefully season two she sort of going to be evolving into Black Canary.” Hell. To. The. Yes.
And while Oliver and Laurel got back together in the season finale, there are some fans rooting for the hero to hook up with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), his go-to It girl. “I want us to keep working together. I want people to keep enjoying it,” Amell coyly says of the pairing’s future.
But how does Cassidy feel about the love triangle? And what is Ramsey excited to see in season two? Watch our interviews with the Arrow cast above to find out!
The Arrow season finale literally and figuratively rocked viewers’ expectations after killing off a major character and destroying half of The Glades.
In Wednesday’s episode, Oliver (Stephen Amell) was able to defeat the Dark Archer (John Barrowman), and Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) was able to disable the Undertaking device. However, Malcolm Merlyn had a backup plan. As the second device leveled half of The Glades, Tommy (Colin Donnell) lost his life, Roy (Colton Haynes) tried to be a hero and Oliver lost his reason for being a vigilante. What does this mean for Season 2? TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Marc Guggenheim to get the scoop:
Everyone assumed that you would have Tommy eventually become the Dark Archer. Why did you decide to kill him off instead?
Marc Guggenheim: It really had nothing to do with his trajectory as the Dark Archer. It really had to do with the fact that we wanted Oliver to suffer a loss at the end of the season. When we thought about the characters that he could lose who would have the biggest impact not just on Oliver, but on the show, Tommy was the name that rose to the top very quickly. Tommy’s death impacts pretty much every member of our cast. Obviously his death impacts Oliver and Laurel (Katie Cassidy), but there’s a closeness between Thea (Willa Holland) and Tommy that we’ve established on the show, Lance, obviously because of the connection that Laurel has with Tommy and Moira (Susanna Thompson) because of her responsibility with Tommy. He’s the one character whose death would have the biggest impact.
Will Laurel feel a sense of guilt over her role in Tommy’s death and possibly second-guess her decision to choose Oliver over Tommy?
Gugggenheim: Definitely she’s going to feel some fairly overwhelming guilt because people, particularly like Ross and Rachel, can argue whether or not [Laurel and] Tommy were on a break when Laurel slept with Oliver in the penultimate episode. The thing that’s pretty much indisputable is the fact that Laurel, by sleeping with Oliver, chose Oliver over Tommy and yet it was Tommy who came to save her. She feels an enormous amount of guilt over, “Did I pick the wrong guy?” These will all be things we’re exploring in Season 2. The reason we did it wasn’t just to end the season on an impactful note. It really was to create all sorts of different stories and dramatic conflicts in Season 2.
Do you think this could be a catalyst for Laurel to maybe put on a pair of fishnets?
Guggenheim: [Laughs] It’s a catalyst for her to do a variety of different things. It’s going to drive a lot of what Laurel does in Season 2, both good and bad. Tommy’s death will reverberate through the cast of characters and will affect the changes and choices that Oliver makes and that Thea makes. It’s going to affect everybody. It’s not like you’ll never hear Tommy’s name never uttered again. If anything, Tommy is a larger presence in death than he was in life.
Is Malcolm Merlyn actually dead? It seemed like his fate was left up in the air. Was that on purpose or do you want to set the record straight?
Guggenheim: I never want to set the record straight. We have a moment in mind for the Season 2 premiere that should give you an answer to that question, but the thing that I always do say — and I said this to John Barrowman and to Colin Donnell — this is a show that does flashbacks. So just because a character is dead doesn’t mean we’ve necessarily seen the last of them on this show.
Oliver thought that defeating Malcolm’s plan was his way out from being the Hood. What galvanizes him now to continue to be this vigilante?
Guggenheim: I want to answer this question without spoiling our plans for Season 2, so the best way to answer it — and this will be one of those things where you’ll go back to this interview after you watch the season premiere to see what I mean — is that I think he’s pretty much done being the vigilante. The question is: What happens now? Come October, that statement will make a lot of sense.
How does Starling City start picking up the pieces after The Glades was destroyed? Will there be a time jump to skip the initial aftermath?
Guggenheim: There will be a time jump, not really to skip over anything, but rather it’s just consistent with the choice we made early on with the show. We always try to pass time naturally. For example, there was a six week break between Episodes 9 and 10 and we wrote that break into the show. That said, The Glades and the Undertaking was a big piece of our engine that drives us forward in Season 2. If the story engine of Season 1 was this notebook of names, I think the story engine of Season 2 is the destruction of The Glades and the impact not just on The Glades, but all of Starling City. You’ve got Merlyn Global and Queen Consolidated both not in The Glades, but the two biggest employers of people in Starling City and those companies are in some dire straits. We’re going to see in Season 2 that the economy in Starling City is pretty decimated.
The other thing I will say is that we’re going to continue to publish the Arrow digital comic for the next few weeks into June. I wrote a two-parter that closes out the finale. It’s really meant as a companion piece for the season finale. It takes place during the finale and in the week following the finale. You’ll actually get a chance to see some things that happened in Starling City after the events of the finale exclusively in the comic book.
Since such a dark thing has happened with at least half The Glades being leveled, does the city need someone like The Hood now?
Guggenheim: That’s one of the themes that we’re exploring for sure in Season 2. There are some people who feel that before there was this hooded guy in the city, there weren’t earthquake devices either. There are other people who feel that if the police aren’t going to step up to the plate, someone needs to. There will be a variety of different points of view held by not just the citizens of Starling City, but our characters as well, which is where we’ll get a lot of interesting debate and conflict.
Will we see Moira on trial next season for her role in the Undertaking?
Guggenheim: All I’ll say is that I’m an attorney and the easiest thing to write for me are courtroom scenes. I think I deserve at least one episode where it’s an easy thing to write.
Roy and Thea both showed very heroic sides in the finale. Is that a sign of things to come?
Guggenheim: Yes. Thea’s line about, “I have wicked aim” was meant to be a little foreshadowing and certainly, Roy’s heroics in the alleyway with his red hood is similar. Our game plan with respect to Thea and Roy pretty much remains unchanged. We’re going to keep pushing them both in the directions that destiny is drawing them. The nice thing for us in Season 2 is Colton Haynes becomes a series regular so it’ll allow us to tell a lot more Roy stories, which we’re really eager to do.
What are the consequences of Detective Lance working with the vigilante next season?
Guggenheim: He probably went through the biggest change of anyone — except for Tommy who went from alive to dead. We’re really excited about where we’re taking him in Season 2. Season 2 begins with him under very different circumstances both personally and professionally. It’s a fun thing for us to play with the real world consequences of all the choices that he made in the season finale. People will be surprised what Lance is doing the next time we see him.
Will he continue to be Oliver’s inside man in the police department?
Guggenheim: Our long-term goal with Lance has always been to make him the show’s Commissioner Gordon, but do it in our version of Commissioner Gordon. In the Batman mythologies, Batman and Commissioner Gordon are partners fighting crime. Obviously we went a different way with Lance starting out hating The Hood and now begrudgingly accepting that The Hood has a real role to play. We’ll be both continuing that trajectory for him in Season 2, as well as dealing with the real world consequences to making that choice. In the Batman mythos, rarely do they ever call Commissioner Gordon out on the fact that he’s working side-by-side with this vigilante. We’ll take a different kind of approach and a slightly more realistic one to the realities of what Lance has elected to do and is going to continue to do.
What will the flashbacks to the island look like next season?
Guggenheim: Things will at first appear to proceed the way you’re expecting, but then in pretty short order, we’re going to reveal that things are a little bit more complicated than what you’re expecting.
I can’t imagine that Slade (Manu Bennett) is happy that Oliver chose Shado (Celina Jade) over a way off the island.
Guggenheim: That is certainly something that we’re going to be exploring in the second season premiere.
check out the cast’s reaction to Tommy’s death and what’s in store for Season 2 below:
Oliver Queen may be down, but he’s certainly not out. This week marks the season finale of the CW’s “Arrow,” in which our beloved vigilante finally comes face to face with the biggest and baddest adversary he’s yet to encounter: Malcolm Merlyn, a.k.a. the Dark Archer. With this current season almost at an end, we sat down with “Arrow” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who was kind enough to shed some light on the highly-anticipated season finale.
“I think the relationship between Malcolm and Oliver, which we’ve gotten glimpses of over the course of the season, really comes to a head in the finale,” explains Kreisberg in a recent interview with MTV Splash Page. “It’s just full of these great Shakespearean things. Malcolm essentially killed Oliver’s father. Your hero is only as good as your villain, and we feel like we’ve had both a great hero and a great villain.”
“The reason that Oliver can’t beat him is not because he’s not faster or stronger,” Kreisberg continues. “It’s because Malcolm believes in the cause more than Oliver does. And I think that Malcolm is going to be surprised at how much Oliver believes in what he’s fighting for in the finale.” So far, every time that Oliver has encountered the Dark Archer he has been utterly defeated. In fact, he even saved Malcolm’s life at one point! That, of course, taking place back when Oliver and Tommy Merlyn were still friends.
“Tommy is pretty pissed,” jokes Kreisberg on the shattered friendship. “Laurel will always be between them and I think that Tommy’s reaction to finding out that Laurel and Oliver hooked up is going to lead to some great conflict in the finale and go to some surprising places.” Surprising, as in Tommy will be assuming the role of the Dark Archer once Malcolm is defeated? Let’s hope so! But what are we to expect as far as the island flashbacks go?
“This year’s flashback story will wrap up,” Kreisberg elaborates. “But it’s always been our intention to have the flashbacks throughout the course of the series. I think you’ll see a culmination of the Oliver/Fyres storyline, but that will hopefully launch a new storyline that will take us into season two.” Kreisberg goes on to explain that season two will focus more on the budding relationship between Oliver Queen and Roy Harper, as well as the budding relationship between flashback Oliver and Slade Wilson.
“Oliver and Slade have really developed this great friendship,” states Kreisberg. “And watching how that friendship deepens and changes in season two is one of the things I’m most looking forward to exploring.” So does that mean we’ll finally be seeing Slade Wilson’s devolution into Deathstroke?
“We tentatively delve more into Slade Wilson,” Kreisberg teases. “Whether that translates into Deathstroke, you’ll just have to watch.”
The “Arrow” season finale premieres this Wednesday, May 15th, at 8 P.M. EST on the CW.
Arrow’s season finale has been touted by producers as a mini-movie, and the exclusive extended trailer below will show you why.
In addition to the action we saw in the promo that aired last night after the penultimate episode, this longer tease shows not only a game-changing confession from Moira but also a dark path ahead for Tommy. Our guess is that his new aggression has something to do with the events from last night’s episode, aka Laurel and Oliver’s hot hookup.
The ongoing love triangle between masked hero Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), his former girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Oliver’s BFF Tommy (Colin Donnell) has as many conflicted emotions as one might expect. And as Arrow cruises toward its season finale, which airs next week on the CW, look for the drama to get even more intense.
“It’s tough because I think Oliver has been the love of her life for as long as she’s known him, but Tommy, she has seen a different side to him,” says Cassidy, who once starred on Gossip Girl. “So I do think she’s hurt and she’s confused and she turns to Oliver for help…I think she’s just trying to figure it out. Do you follow your heart, do you follow your head?”
Bottom line, Cassidy believes viewers want “star-crossed lovers” Laurel and Oliver together, despite the overwhelming challenges they face. “It reminds me of Joey and Dawson from Dawson’s Creek. Everybody wanted them to be together,” she says. “I was a fan of that show, so it reminds me of that relationship because there’s just so much history between those two characters and obviously between Laurel and Oliver.”
But as Dawson fans recall, while the show initially set up a Joey (Katie Holmes) and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) romance, Joey actually ended up with Joshua Jackson’s Pacey. So does Cassidy think there’s room for a different end game? Maybe Laurel ending up with Tommy or Oliver with IT girl Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards)?
“I think anything can happen. I think that’s the beauty of television. There’s room for anything,” she says. “We’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile tonight’s episode will add a little more context to Laurel and Oliver’s past, with some flashbacks that Cassidy says show the audience “how innocent and pure and vulnerable and raw that she is.” “It was really fun to shoot and you get a sense of the depth and warmth between these two people,” she says.
Arrow airs Wednesdays on the CW.
Team Oliver or Team Tommy?
Both are billionaire playboys with good intentions and bad habits.
The lady in between the longtime friends, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) has had a rough time lately. Tommy (Colin Donnell) broke up with her, Oliver (Stephen Amell) revealed he’s still in love with her.
But whom to choose?
And while her love life is a mess, her work like may have a similar fate. Malcolm (John Barrowman), the patriarch of the Merlyn family, is cooking up a storm to level the Glades, where Laurel works.
With just two episodes before the season one finale, Katie Cassidy came by the Wall Street Journal offices in Beverly Hills to talk about her character’s love triangle and reveal her personal vendetta against Malcolm.
The Wall Street Journal: Laurel is in quite the quandary. Tommy recently broke up with Laurel and Oliver revealed something juicy.
Katie Cassidy: That was tough. Laurel really loves Tommy. She goes to Oliver to help her figure it out — as a friend — because that’s what they’ve been and that’s where the relationship is at and he revels some other information that he has feelings for her and is still in love with her. I think she’s a bit confused.
Is she invested in this relationship?
I do think she really loves Tommy. She loves Oliver as well, it’s do you follow your heart, do you follow your head? I think Tommy has shown another side of him that she’s truly fallen for. He breaks up with her and she’s heartbroken and Oliver is there for her, at times he hasn’t, but certainly most recently he has. It’s a whole other level of emotions that get brought up when he tells Laurel that he can’t go tell Tommy and that he still loves her too. I think she’s confused. She doesn’t know what to do.
Is a post-island Oliver capable of loving her and getting into relationship?
I think that post-island Oliver is capable of loving her. I think he’s capable, I just don’t know if they are capable of getting back into a relationship.
There’s a series of flashbacks in the previous episode that reveal Oliver’s reasons for getting on the boat.
Yes, they’re directly tied to Laurel and something she asked him. She asked if he would move in with her, and like a boy, he got spooked and ended up running into the arms of her sister.
Has she forgiven him for taking her sister on the boat?
I don’t know. I think she has accepted it, but it’s not something that she is going to forget. Those feelings don’t ever go away, as time goes by they get less and less, they affect you less. I think those wounds are still there but they are not as deep. I think she tries to forgive people. She tries to keep peace.
Arrow 1×22 “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” - With the Undertaking days away, Malcolm (guest star John Barrowman) dons his black hood to conclude business with seismologist Dr. Brion Markov (guest star Eric Floyd) and his team. Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Moira (Susanna Thompson) entertain a number of surprise — and mostly unwelcome — visitors. Hooded confrontations at home and the Meryln Global Group reveal dark secrets. Meanwhile, Roy (guest star Colton Haynes) and Thea (Willa Holland) are still looking out for a hero. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) makes a decision after Tommy’s (Colin Donnell) revelation. In a flashback to the island, Oliver, Slade (guest star Manu Bennett) and Shado (guest star Celina Jade) struggle to prevent Fyers (guest star Sebastian Dunn) from shooting a Ferris Air jet out of the sky.