“Next year, we’re hoping to do a true four-way crossover,” executive producer Andrew Kreisbergshared to a small group of press. “The great thing about our dear friends at The CW and Mark Pedowitz picking the shows up as early as they did, [it] has allowed us to start building the schedules for next season.”
He revealed that this time around, it will really be a real crossover, involving all four shows.
“The single hardest factor in doing the crossovers is actors’ availability because the shows keep going on. We’ve got four shows and you’re basically juggling four shows’ worth of schedules.”
“The thing that we didn’t really plan on — again because we weren’t aware that we were going to switch Supergirl from CBS to The CW and it was really going to be part of it — that was the one show that actually didn’t have built-in shutdown days, so all the other ones did,” Andrew added. “Because the show starts on Supergirl, Melissa [Benoist] ended up being heavily in The Flash and then in Arrow.
“So Supergirl was the show we needed to shut down the most and it was the one we didn’t have any opportunity to. Now that we’ve gotten the early pickup and we’ve started designing the seasons, we’re building in those dark days — and actually more dark days on Supergirl than the other shows — to make it a little easier.”
As we saw in the last episode of Arrow, Felicity is heading down a path that we never expected her to.
EP Wendy Mercileopened up about what’s ahead for Felicity and her involvement in the Helix Group and hactivism: “We really started the season wanting to have her go through some version of her own island in some way.”
She adds, “I would say it’s going to get very interesting — and the team, they’re definitely going to have very strong opinions about it.”
Will this bring Felicity and Oliver closer together again? “[It will help her] understand Oliver in a more profound way,” Wendy added.
Stephen Amelladded, “He knows that she’s into something, and he knows that she doesn’t want to tell him about it, so he’s dealing with that in his own way…For Felicity, it’s not something that she and Oliver discuss until they have what is actually an adult conversation about it in [a future episode].”
Stay tuned for a sneak peek of next week’s episode!
Arrow is going a little off book with an episode that’s tackling real world issues tonight — gun violence.
“Gun violence felt like the right topic because of its topicality, but also because of the level of gun violence that is on Arrow,” EP Marc Guggenheimshared ahead of the show.
He adds, “We could have done an episode on abortion, but that’s not really where the show lives. So gun violence really felt like the right thing to tackle.”
In the episode called “Spectre of the Gun”, after a traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene, Oliver must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow.
Marc added about the slightly different episode you’ll see tonight: “It’s the fifth season. We’ve hopefully earned the freedom to — in 23 episodes of television, you can have 22 pieces of candy and one episode of vegetables. … I would never want people to watch under false pretenses, so I would probably be very upfront about the fact that it’s not a typical Arrow episode.”
Arrow airs TONIGHT, February 15th @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.
Let’s face it, Felicity Smoak is the best character on television right now.
She’s hot, smart, and puts Team Arrow on the right path every time, in every episode of Arrow.
She’s not afraid to defend herself, doesn’t wait around for someone to see her value, she’s nerdy, she’s sassy, she’s even feistier than we first thought she was…all in all, Arrow would not be anything without Felicity Smoak.
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Laurel Lance did indeed return to Star City on Arrow last night…it just wasn’t the Laurel that we all knew.
Instead of being the same Laurel (played by Katie Cassidy) we saw die at the end of season four (who we all hoped it actually was), this Laurel was actually Earth-2’s Black Siren!
During the episode, (and after Felicity caught the deception) Black Siren explained that she had come after Team Arrow because of big bad Prometheus as he was threatening her life.
So, after trying to kill Felicity (don’t you dare!), she’s locked up at a secure A.R.G.U.S. facility.
“The episode ends with laying a very specific seed with a very specific game plan on our part that we hope to see come to fruition,” EP Marc Guggenheim shared with EW after the episode aired. What does that even mean?!
Tune in next week for an all new ep of Arrow on The CW.
“For us this season, our intent at the beginning was to do stories with Oliver and Felicity independent of the romantic relationship — sort of take a break, and let them date other people,” she shared.
“Going forward, to continue that, Felicity is going to be on a revenge mission against Prometheus. She doesn’t blame Oliver for what happened in 5×09, I think rightly so, and she’s going to be on her own path towards avenging Malone’s death,” she added.
And for Oliver? “Oliver will be on his own path dealing with Prometheus. Ultimately, they’re both going to be facing off and dealing with Prometheus, but in their own, independent ways.”
Get a sneak peek of what the episode tonight holds in the pics below — tune in at 8PM ET/PT on The CW.