When Arrow returns on Wednesday (8/7c on The CW), it will do so without its hero. In the wake of the Undertaking — in which an earthquake machine leveled half of The Glades — Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has retreated to his own sanctuary ... and we're not talking about the Foundry. The emerald archer has ditched his hood for the safety of Lian Yu, the island where Oliver was marooned for five years of his life.
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It won't be long, however, before Oliver is pulled back into the world of Starling City, where his family name is now synonymous with mass murder. Will Oliver be able to be the hero that the ravaged city needs? Who might stand in his way? TVGuide.com caught up with executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrews Kreisberg to get the scoop on Season 2:
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Arrow's Season 1 finale. Read at your own risk!]
Arrow vs. Dark Archer! The ultimate showdown between Starling City's two "saviors" did not disappoint in Wednesday's Arrow season finale. One of them came out on top, but there was still a major casualty in the finale. Keep reading to find out how a surprising death came to pass:
With the Undertaking drawing near, Oliver is in the worst place he could be to save The Glades: Malcolm Merlyn's captivity.
In Arrow's penultimate episode, Oliver (Stephen Amell) set his sights on Malcolm (John Barrowman), unaware that his former best friend's father is actually the Dark Archer who once defeated him. Now, make that twice. Will Oliver be able to free himself from Merlyn and stop the Dark Archer's evil plans of leveling The Glades? TVGuide.com turned to executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg for an in-depth interview on the finale, including Oliver and Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) future, a new side of Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and a Thea (Willa Holland) moment that may make fanboys happy:
Oliver's Scooby Gang on Arrow has expanded over Season 1 to include stylish hacker Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). While many cheered the news that Rickards was being promoted to series regular next year, TVGuide.com's Sadie Gennis couldn't help but roll her eyes in dread. Although Sadie often feels like the minority in her frustration with Felicity, she's finally gotten the nerve to speak out against Starling City's go-to IT girl. Of course, TVGuide.com's resident comic-book expert Natalie Abrams...
Arrow fans are in for the ride of their lives as the ultimate showdown between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and the Dark Archer (John Barrowman), as well as the unveiling of the Undertaking, grows closer. Will Oliver be able to save Starling City? Will his identity be revealed? There are many questions before the series returns Wednesday (8/7 on The CW), which is why TVGuide.com sat down with both Amell and Emily Bett Rickards, who portrays go-to IT gal Felicity Smoak, to get the scoop on what's in store for the rest of the CW super series' season: