Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of Arrow. Read at your own risk!
Both past and current Team Arrow had a rough go of it during Wednesday’s episode of Arrow.
Oliver (Stephen Amell) once again had trouble trusting his new team, especially after Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) basically turned an everyday drug dealer into a superhuman rage monster. Ultimately, Oliver allowed them to assist in taking down Stardust, giving viewers their first taste of everyone suited up.
On the mayoral side, however, things weren’t quite as smooth. Thea (Willa Holland) basically put her foot in her mouth with reporter Susan Williams (Carly Pope) when it came to Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) potential hiring as Deputy Mayor. But Oliver gave him the job anyways, despite the bad press of employing an ex-cop with a drinking problem.
Meanwhile, former member Diggle (David Ramsey) faced his demons head-on in jail, hallucinating Floyd Lawton (Michael Rowe) and realizing that even though he didn’t do what the military was charging him for, he did kill his brother. Therefore, he tells Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) not to fight for him anymore — though she asks Oliver to help break him out of jail anyway.
Diggle’s not the only one dealing with guilt as Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tearfully came clean to Ragman (Joe DiNicol) about blowing up his hometown. How will he react? And what will happen with Diggle’s rescue mission? Executive producer Marc Guggenheim offers hints as to what’s next:
On Rory’s reaction to the truth that Felicity was partially to blame for Havenrock’s destruction:
“He’s got a very human reaction. He reacts to it the way I think you might expect him to, but not in this overblown kind of way. It’s very grounded and very human. We talked a lot about that storyline, and Rory’s point of view and Felicity’s point of view. A lot of times, you write something and you do a storyline and it has a very different reaction than the one you expected. I think we were all taken aback, not in a bad way, but just surprised that there was so much outrage over Felicity’s actions in 421 — that people were upset at Felicity somehow for saving Monument Point at the expense of Havenrock. It was fun to actually get a chance to articulate the anti-Felicity point of view and the pro-Felicity point of view. It made for a very interesting moral dilemma and we got a chance to play with that.”
On how Oliver will feel about Lyla’s plan to break Diggle out of prison:
“I think Oliver and Felicity both have interesting reactions, and they’re not necessarily on the same page. They don’t see eye to eye on Lyla’s plan.” (In case you’re wondering, we will also likely see how Diggle and Lyla react to The Flash changing time so much that they now have a son rather than a daughter.)
On Thea facing off against Susan Williams in the future:
“I think it’s a really fun relationship. I would say this is the beginning of an interesting interaction between the two of them. We’ll see a bit more of that in future episodes.”
On Prometheus making his presence to Oliver known:
“[Episode] 506 is when things really start to kick into a higher gear. It’s a 23-episode season. This is true for all the shows, especially when you’ve got a big bad that’s being introduced in the first episode: How do you strike that balance between it becoming the Prometheus show and becoming incredibly repetitive and teasing it out? 506 felt very right to us, because 505 feels like the end of a chapter, as it often is on Arrow. 506 kicks things into another gear.”
On Felicity’s relationship with Detective Malone becoming public information:
“No secrets stay secret on Arrow forever. Oliver’s going to find out about Felicity’s boyfriend in 505. Because I’m spoiling that, I’m not going to spoil when Felicity’s boyfriend finds out that Felicity is working with Arrow.”
On Curtis suiting up as Mister Terrific:
“He’s still got a ways to go on his journey. For one thing, that’s not the final costume. We decided to give some of the recruits what we call proto-costumes, like you have to earn the final one. In terms of all these characters being vigilantes, Curtis has the farthest to go. The evolution of Curtis of comic relief and sidekick to butt-kicking superhero, that’s a big throw in my opinion. The only way to do it properly is to watch him try and watch him fail, and watch him fail, and watch him fail. It’s going to be a real struggle for him as we go through the fifth season.”
On the consequences of Curtis keeping his new job a secret from his husband:
“We’re definitely going to be telling that story.”
On Lance’s new path as the deputy mayor:
“It’s not an easy one. It’s definitely not an easy one. Thea’s decision to make him deputy mayor is very noble on her part, but it’s also very naïve given the amount of demons that Quentin is wrestling with. It’s not going to be as simple as oh you’ve got a new job title; it’s going to get a lot harder before it gets easier.”
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