[TV] Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim Reveals Oliver's Greatest Threat
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.15.2014
Who will Oliver have to face?
In an interview with Zap2It, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed who Oliver's greatest threat is during season two of the show. Here are highlights:
On who Oliver will have to face in the new year: "We've actually got a lot of pretty great antagonists coming up in the early goings of the second half of the season. We've got Sean Maher, who plays Shrapnel in episode 10. Robert Knepper plays the Clockmaker in episode 14. Katrina Law plays Nyssa al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, in episode 13. Michael Jai White returns as the Bronze Tiger in episode 12. That's not even taking into account the fact that Sebastian Blood is still out there causing mayhem. As Oliver discovered in episode 9, there's a man out there in a skull mask who's sort of behind a lot of what's going on in Starling City. Meanwhile, you've also got Slade in the present day and we haven't seen the last of him."
On who the biggest threat is: "For Oliver, the biggest threat is always in his own mind. The biggest challenge that Oliver deals with as a hero is how is he going to respond to all these different challenges? What is he going to do to achieve his goals of becoming a hero? And at the same time, what is he not willing to do? Can he stay on the no-killing bandwagon, as we say in the writers' room? Can he manage to be the Arrow and not push everyone away as Oliver Queen? As the pressure begins to boil over for the Arrow, it tends to have an impact on Oliver as Oliver. That's one of the through-lines in each of these episodes: How is Oliver affected by whichever villain of the week happens to come to town in that episode?"
On if there are plans for a relationship between Oliver and Felicity: "I would say we have a short-term plan and potentially a longer-term plan. The short-term plan is more likely to be followed than the longer-term plan. That said, there is no way I can answer this question without being in trouble with somebody!"