This interview The Hollywood Reporter did with ‘Arrow’ executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is packed with *SPOILERS* about Huntress, Deadshot, Vertigo, Laurel, the Dark/Mystery Archer, and many more, so if you don’t want to know, then don’t read. I’m not forcing you to, but for those who do want to be spoiled, I must warn you that there’s just a lot more questionable answers than answered questions. As it should be.
On the Mystery Archer and if he’s connected to [actor] John Barrowman’s character, the Well Dressed Man:
He’s definitely a foe. We’re excited because Wednesday’s episode reveals the identity of Barrowman’s character. That’s going to be a real treat for the fans.
On if this will reveal Oliver’s mother’s intentions:
It’s more going to put into sharp focus who everyone is to each other. The irony of Oliver’s situation is that island honed him into a finely tuned killer and a man with the ability to see deep into people’s souls and yet he’s completely incapable of seeing that the biggest danger to himself is sleeping in the room next to him. It’ll be interesting seeing how that plays out over the rest of the season about just how many blind spots Oliver has for his mother.
On someone else picking off names from Ollie’s list:
That’s the question of episode nine: is the person who’s targeting names on the list somebody who’s helping him or someone who’s trying to frame him?
On how Laurel will become the Black Canary:
Laurel, if she does become the Black Canary, it’s something for further down the road. You’ll continue to see her evolution as a character and her ongoing struggle with her father and their differing views of justice and the love triangle between Oliver, Tommy and Laurel. Then also, the growing relationship between The Arrow and Laurel; as the year goes on she’ll reach out to The Arrow in the future and he to her. In some ways, that’s an entirely different relationship from the Laurel and Oliver one. How that impacts the love triangle and her relationship with her father is a lot of the meat of the back-half of the season.
On how the Huntress’s arrival will affect Oliver and his relationships:
The Huntress is really interesting. Everyone for the most part has had the same reaction to him having been away — that they feel sorry for him and he’s come back different and what’s come back has been somewhat of a disappointment. Then when he meets Helena, she doesn’t have any of those preconceptions about him because she has a tragic back story — that her father murdered her fiancé — she has a unique viewpoint on Oliver’s plight. She asks him, “Do you actually ever miss the island?” which is something that no one has ever asked him before. For her, she has been through a crucible and so much of her anger is tied up in her family, the thought of being trapped on an island by herself holds some appeal. Her unique take on Oliver’s life experiences gets him to look at her in a different way, as somebody he could possibly be with because she’s the only person who actually gets him. As the episodes progress, he’ll discover she’s a lot darker and more savage than he realized and it’s the old adage of you can’t change somebody and he’ll discover that in a pretty dark and deadly way.
On the partnership between Oliver and John Diggle could be affected:
That’s part of the great argument to the episode. We always knew Oliver and Dig were always going to become partners and confidants and friends and we couldn’t wait to get to these episodes because like we aw in episode six, Dig doesn’t always share Oliver’s viewpoint on what it is that they’re doing. These arguments that they have about who they should trust and who they shouldn’t and what Oliver’s doing, if he’s doing the right thing, those are all conversations they’re getting to have now about the nature of vigilantism and the righteousness of their crusade. Obviously bringing Helena into the equation is going to cause problems between Oliver and Diggle because Diggle is able to clearly see her for what she is, which is this damaged and dangerous woman. But Oliver’s a little blinded by both her beauty and his desire to not be lonely.
On the affect of McKenna Hall (Janina Gavankar) in the picture:
She’s a woman from Oliver’s past and every woman who comes into his life is going to cause problems for him and Laurel (laughs) but as much as she’s causing complications for him and Laurel, she’s really going to complicate things for the Arrow because his new girlfriend is a police officer whose mission is going to be to take down the masked vigilante. That’s going to be both a source of humor but also a lot of dramatic tension.
On the possibility of Deadshot returning:
You didn’t see a body bag, so we’ll just have to wait and see if he does make a return appearance.
On Vertigo’s (Seth Gabel) role in the series:
Vertigo is sort of the first super-villain that The Arrow creates. Oliver, with his mission, he always intended a positive influence in the city. This is going to be t he first time as the Arrow that he stops a crime but he might have created a much more dangerous element in the city and it’s really about escalation and repercussions. It’s great for Oliver to have to look at is he the solution to the problem or is he only causing more problems. The creation of vertigo is really going to challenge him.
On other character appearances in the series:
We have some returning favorites and new villains coming up in the back half of the season. We’re excited at the possibility of doing some super-villain team-ups. It’s always a fun thing in the comics when villains team up together to take on the hero and we’re exploring the possibility of doing that. He’s a little bit fun in a way that a lot of our villains have been very serious. It’s a nice counterpoint for The Arrow’s stoicness.
It all sounds so very fun. I’m excited to see how things come together. I have to say this, though. That although I’m excited to see all the upcoming villains and guest characters, the show still needs to maintain its focus on the main characters throughout. So far, they seem to be doing a good job of that. Keep it up!
(Source: Hollywood Reporter)