One of the biggest breakout hits this television season has been The CW's superhero thriller "Arrow." IGN spoke with executive producer of the action series Andrew Kreisberg about the home stretch of this season's episodes and what's in store for the hooded vigilante.
The series has done a fantastic job of simultaneously maintaining a 'villain of the week' theme while interweaving season-long story arcs. Kreisberg hints that the upcoming final three episodes will find multiple long-term storylines converging. "Everything that we've set up in the last couple episodes is going to play out in the final three. Everyone is sort of on a collision course. Oliver with his mother and Malcolm, and Thea and Roy closing in on Oliver," he said. "There's big, emotional stakes coming up and a lot of conflicts and relationships coming these characters' way in the last couple of episodes."
Chief among these subplots has been the development of Tommy Merlyn, from carefree party boy to well-meaning friend to... well, the road he chooses to go down after last week's developments will no doubt have major ramifications for the character down the line. "These last three episodes are definitively about Tommy choosing his allegiances," Kreisberg hinted. "There's a certain subset of fans who think they know where this is going to go, and I think they're going to be shocked and surprised at how it plays out."
The last episode also saw a rift developing between partners in fighting crime, Oliver and Diggle. However, the producer assures viewers that the conflict is more a "bump in the road" than a permanent break up. "We're incredibly proud of the relationship we've developed between Oliver and Dig over the course of the season, going from this place of distrust to friends and partners," he said. "Their friendship and partnership is at the heart of the series."
With the series dropping references to clandestine government agency A.R.G.U.S., fans have been wondering if an eventual introduction of DC Comics' Suicide Squad could be on the way. Kreisberg confirmed, "The Suicide Squad is definitely something we've discussed with DC Comics. There's no definitive plans right now... but certainly we carefully chose A.R.G.U.S. and did not make Lyla Michaels work for the FBI or CIA. A.R.G.U.S. is the S.H.I.E.L.D. of the DC Universe, and it felt like a fun thing to introduce into our world."
Don't miss the last three episodes of "Arrow"'s freshman season, starting tonight on The CW!