Arrow is returning this week from its winter hiatus as Season 5 picks up right where we left off after the events with Prometheus and the return of Laurel Lance. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marc Guggenheim, executive producer and show-runner, teased what is coming up in the second half of Season 5. When asked about how the team will react to Laurel’s mysterious return, Guggenheim said that there will be a lot of happiness as well as confusion for some of the new team members.
“I would say they react pretty positively. Obviously, this is wonderful news. We have a very good explanation as to how Laurel returned. The team is, by and large, pretty happy. Bear in mind, there are a few members of the team that didn’t know Laurel, so it’s fun to see their reaction, especially when they learn that time travel played a role in it.”
We will be meeting a new character in the second half of the season with Tina Boland (played by Juliana Harkavy) who will be recurring throughout the coming episodes. When asked about what we can expect from her, Guggenheim would only give a few teases.
“You’ll get a glimpse of her at the end of the midseason premiere. It’s funny, I don’t want to tease too much about her. There’s a lot of stuff that’s out on the internet in terms of casting breakdowns, which I hate talking about because a lot of the casting breakdowns we release are false because we know they leak. But I think we have a really wonderful character here. Juliana [Harkavy], who plays her, is a terrific actress. We’re going to be doing some new and different kinds of things. Because of the internet, I guess I’m very tempted to — as always — I’d prefer to let the story tell itself and play out, and then people can make up their minds.”
Guggenheim also chatted about how Prometheus will get Oliver to reassess a lot of his decision over the past few years as Star City’s Emerald Archer.
“This goes to the larger arc of the year, which is Oliver questioning the consequences of his actions in general. What has been the prevailing theme of the season is Oliver is trying to grow and develop as a person, but the actions of his past keep literally haunting him, so it’s going to affect Oliver in a very big way going forward for the rest of the year.”
“Who Are You?” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
OLIVER WANTS JUSTICE; FELICITY WANTS REVENGE — Worried that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, Oliver (Stephen Amell) looks for any ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance (guest star Katie Cassidy). However, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), still reeling from Detective Malone’s murder, is bent on revenge – she wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. While in prison, Diggle (David Ramsey) fights for his life. Gregory Smith directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan (#510). Original airdate 1/25/2017.”
Arrow returns with new episodes on Wednesday, January 25 at 8/7c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 5 for our weekly reviews.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly