Arrow’s John Barrowman: ‘Merlyn truly loves Oliver like a son’

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Arrow’ Bosses on Oliver Surprise: It “Changes the World Forever”.

Team Arrow learned the sad truth about Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) demise at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable). It’s been a long journey for Katie Cassidy to don the Black Canary suit on , which she will finally do in tonight’s midseason premiere after a three-year wait. “I was definitely disappointed, because it was something that I was really looking forward to,” Cassidy says of learning it would take Laurel a bit of time to become the Black Canary.This week on The CW’s Arrow, the rest of Oliver’s team tried (hard) not to fear the worst about his duel with Ra’s al Ghul, a new threat emerged in the Glades and Laurel suited up.

Unbeknownst to them, Oliver is alive (if not well). “We we sat down and said ‘what can we do to make these episodes epic?’ ” Kreisberg tells The Hollywood Reporter. “These three episodes are a trilogy essentially of what happens in Starling City when the world thinks Oliver Queen is dead, and it allows every character on the show to rise or fall, depending on the circumstances they find themselves in.” Key word: “thinks” he is dead. Don’t worry. “I don’t think the audience is wondering whether or not he’s really dead,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg chimes in. “It’s wondering how he’s going to come back. After six weeks plus 58 minutes of waiting, it was revealed that Oliver Queen was rescued from the ravine ledge on which he landed, bleeding to death, by Maseo. It took Oliver five years on the Island and everything he went through.” But now, after hitting “rock bottom” in season two and the death of her sister Sara (Caity Lotz), the Canary, Laurel is ready to take over the responsibilities that come with the black leather jacket. Sunken Ship Rescue Salvage crews attach large air tanks to the port side that will provide buoyancy when the Costa Concordia is towed away from the island. (Photo: Windfall Films) The physics of large ships are a mystery to many, from how they float to how they could sink.

The answer to that question is really revealed over these next three episodes, which were designed to be a trilogy of what happened to Oliver Queen and what happens to Starling City and its heroes when their leader and their inspiration isn’t there to guide them anymore.” First, however, the team will actually have to find out the truth that their leader has fallen. “We’re shocked and pissed when we get that news from Malcolm Merlyn [John Barrowman],” David Ramsey says, noting that Diggle will suit up in the Arrow costume while Oliver is gone to keep up the guise that their vigilante hero is still protecting the city. But once they realize Oliver is dead, the decision to keep Team Arrow going will not be unanimous. “This has been Oliver’s crusade for three years and now it’s ours.

The first step is in tonight’s episode, “Left Behind.” On-the-Mark Recap: A high speed chase opens the show, with cops chasing down criminals fleeing in a van. Tonight on this music-driven soap, the Lyons head to Philadelphia to get a glimpse of what life might have been like had Lucious not become a star — a success built on Cookie’s efforts.

However, between “The Climb” and this episode, the main story with the League of Assassins is starting to pay off, and Oliver’s absence allows his supporting cast to shine. Some were pessimistic Oliver was dead for good, while others simply point to Ra’s Al Ghul’s comic book history as evidence that Oliver will return from the dead. But when Malcolm makes a whirlwind trip to the sacred site of the trial by combat and returns with Oliver’s blood on Ra’s scimitar, their mission becomes less clear, muddied by emotion. A shot of a mysterious figure approaching Oliver’s body, followed by the revelation that Maseo (Karl Yune) and Katana (Rila Fukushima) had orchestrated Oliver returning to life will certainly send fans into a frenzy, just as when Oliver died. “My Facebook page blew up.

The team looks up to him to a certain degree,” says Ramsey, who adds the team respects his military experience as well as his emotional maturity. “We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done, but there are four of us. Distracting the team, for a bit, is Diggle’s realization that the series of numbers found at the site of a gang execution carried out by rising crime star Danny “Brick” Brickwell matches up with the evidence and case files tied to all the bad guys Team Arrow had put away since the Slade Wilson crisis.

We do, by the way, fight crime without him, and it ain’t pretty.” “Obviously Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] is heartbroken,” Colton Haynes adds. “Roy kind of plays it differently. Brick’s scheme to free all of the criminals Oliver and company captured since Slade’s defeat was an ingenious idea, bringing some levity and impact to the crime in this week’s episode.

Felicity, rocked by the likelihood of Oliver’s death, vents to Ray, in the form of deriding his plan to save the city using the A.T.O.M. exosuit. “It won’t work…. Because it’s a very strong suit, how can we make this a little bit more feminine?” And Cassidy reveals she was even more involved when it came to the Black Canary’s hair and make-up. tested out five looks, the first of which “they let me do whatever I wanted. They get their licks in, and Roy saves Diggle from being done in by Brick, but Brick and others still get away with the files — in part because Felicity closed the warehouse doors in front of Roy and Diggle. “I chose not to let anyone else I care about die,” she explains, before finally giving up on doing “this” while Oliver lays dead somewhere. “You don’t get it — there is no ‘this’ without him.

Tatsu and Maseo’s revelation as Oliver’s saviors bring more importance to the Hong Kong events, while providing a rather surprising solution to Oliver’s “death”. Between Team Arrow dealing with grief, Black Canary’s debut, and Brick’s rise to power, the series is bringing some interesting new elements to the season. As for Laurel’s sleeker, platinum blonde wig, Cassidy explains, “I begged them, ‘Please don’t make me wear a curly blonde wig.’ Because the Canary had that and I just wanted Laurel to be more sharp and modern. Then it’s time for a trademark dose of Diggle realism (Felicity even recognizes the look that precedes it), with John telling Felicity that he’s prepared for the worst, even if she continues to remain hopeful.

If anybody can handle more loss, I feel like Laurel could because she’s an incredibly strong character.” Adds Kreisberg: “What Laurel very clearly lacks in skill, she makes up for in grit and determination. Just strong.” And while the producers originally didn’t go for her preferred look, Cassidy says, “We went in and pled our case, and were like, ‘Look, it’s a masculine outfit.

Having heard the latest on Oliver, Laurel asks, “Are you coming back?” “I dunno,” Diggle shrugs. “For the first time since meeting Oliver Queen, I don’t know what happens next. At the police station, Fisher tells Laurel he’s less scared of the law than he is of Brick, and Laurel sees his attorney making a phone call to his boss.

After Merlyn departs, Felicity tells the others that nothing has changed, and that if they’ve learned anything from Oliver, it’s that sometimes you need to keep pushing forward. Felicity thanks Diggle for not saying “I told you so.” Roy handles the news by drinking, and when Thea asks if he;s okay, he simply says he got some bad news about a friend. After a harsh rebuff from her boss, she leaves, but gets a call from Diggle explaining that he thinks Brick is trying to destroy all the evidence on the men they’ve put away over the last eight months. Two of the guys leaving discuss the offer among themselves, but they’re incapacitated by the Canary cry grenades, and Laurel calls herself “the justice they can’t run away from,” dressed in full Canary gear and rocking a blonde wig.

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