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Am I wildly off base to ‘ship Andy and Maya on Station 19? — Margaret
Not necessarily. I, too, wondered if Maya could harbor feelings for her best friend, and while EP Stacy McKee says we’ll find out about her sexuality soon, the storyline more explores their shifting dynamics now that Andy is gunning for the captain job. “We definitely explore their friendship, and what it means to both of them, pretty deeply and pretty quickly within the series, because to me, that’s one of the elements that was so important to have,” McKee says. “I mean, I love a good love triangle, I love a romance for Andy and Ryan and Jack, but to me, one of the cornerstones of any great Shondaland show, and any great show to my mind, is watching women be supportive of each other and strong, good friends together, and what that means. Sometimes it means you go through a really rocky patch before you come out the other end. And there’s definitely something to be said for having a really good friend who you work with, who the next day is suddenly your boss.”
Something about Legends of Tomorrow? — Benjilau
How about this: “I think we achieve peak Legends in the last two episodes,” EP Marc Guggenheim says, teasing that the penultimate hour includes two of the crazier things the show has ever done with Barack Obama being attacked by Grodd and John Noble playing himself circa the shooting of Lord of the Rings. “Both moments are just so wonderfully joyous. They’re some of the best stuff we’ve ever done on Legends.” As for the finale, which he describes as “balls-out craziness,” expect many familiar faces to return — both in the hero and villain department. “It really feels like a real finale in that respect and we really draw together almost every thread and character that we’d established over the course of the third season, and yes, that includes Beebo,” Guggenheim says. “Beebo will make a phenomenal return that is quite awesome.”
Please give me some hope for Patterson and Zapata on Blindspot! — Carlton
If you mean romantically, I did ask EP Martin Gero point-blank whether there have been discussions about getting those two characters together as a couple. Here’s his answer: “We’ve talked about it a little bit because of all the fans who want it to happen.” Sorry, I wish I could deliver more definitive good news!
Dude, what the hell is going on with Archie on Riverdale? — Rachel
Archie has certainly turned to the dark side, which could soon affect his relationship with his girlfriend. “Veronica, overall, is pretty scared of how intensely Archie can react to certain things,” Camila Mendes tells me. “She has, from the beginning, been warning him about her father and how he shouldn’t get in too deep with him for that very reason, that sometimes it gets out of control. So when Veronica sees Archie getting deeper into that, it scares her.” The actress also teases that although the fearsome foursome is more fractured than ever, “in the end, it’s really them against the world,” she says. “Though it seems like they’re deteriorating, they need to go through that obstacle in order to overcome what’s ahead. It’ll eventually make them stronger.”
Now Oliver and Diggle are mad at each other, what is going to happen with them going forward on Arrow? How long are they going to be mad and when will they realize they need each other? — Jennifer
It’s going to be a while, to be honest, as this all speaks to Oliver slowly losing everyone who is near and dear to him as we head to the season finale. “This season has been very much about removing all of the support structures from Oliver,” EP Marc Guggenheim says. “One of the challenges we placed for ourselves in season 6 was we got Oliver to the end of his emotional journey in season 5. He finally moved on from the past, he was a much more emotionally complete human being. So the challenge for season 6 was: How — in a show that really, for the first five years, gained a lot of its story from the bad choices Oliver made — do we continue to make Oliver’s life difficult, but have it come from something that he’s enduring rather than the dark machinations of the soul? One of the things we hit upon is the idea of we spent basically season 5 building up this team and this whole support structure bringing him closer to Felicity again, bringing his son into his life, and in season 6 what you’ve basically seen, and will continue to see, is the slow degradation of all those structures. Because it’s all in service of what is probably one of the driving philosophies of this show, which is that the worse Oliver has it, the more heroic he has to be in order to overcome all of the crap that we throw at him. So that’s kind of where season 6 is headed.”
We know Paige joins the family business this year on The Americans, but is she any good? — Pietro
“Good” isn’t what Elizabeth’s going for — Paige is only learning some of the ropes, after all — and there are certain aspects of the job she’ll excel at (like getting a crash course in Russian culture from Elizabeth and Claudia), while stumbling hard over some of the challenges that come with being a spy intern. For now, let’s just say one of those challenges will be very hard for Paige to unsee.
Anything on Scoobynatural?! — Anna
It’s fun. And although we already know that Dean loves himself some Daphne, he won’t be the only one who gets to bond with members of the Scooby gang. Let’s just say that Castiel finds himself forming bonds — and learning a thing or two — from two particular members. (And one might or might not be the talking dog.)
Even though Scandal is ending, is there a chance we could see Marcus on How to Get Away with Murder next season? — Carrie
The jury is still out, but maybe! “I would hope that’s a possibility,” Murder EP Pete Nowalk says. “Obviously they’re still finishing Scandal, so there’s been no discussions, but I don’t think the Marcus and Michaela story is over at all, so I’m hoping there will be some future story with the two of them.”
Red is not completely willing to go after Ian Garvey because of the bones. Can you tease how this will ultimately affect his relationship with Liz on The Blacklist? — Simon
Well, she’s certainly not going to be happy about it. In fact, she’ll likely go around Red in service of getting justice for Tom’s death, which will lead to some major reveals. “The truth behind that bag of bones — a truth which we will reveal this season — represents a massive turn in our series and pushes us forward in a really compelling way,” EP Jon Bokenkamp says. “Remember, Tom Keen died trying to unravel this mystery. Rest assured, Liz has no intention of taking her foot off the gas and getting the answer that she, and the audience, both deserve.”
What is Kyle’s secret on The Arrangement?? — Stephanie
Obviously, I can’t reveal that, but there will be an episode all about the big bad thing that’s weighing on him. (Yes, it includes flashbacks!) However, that episode will also reveal an even bigger secret that another character is keeping from Kyle. Any guesses?
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Additional reporting by Samantha Highfill and Shirley Li.