Arrow Producer Teases Huge Olicity Moments, Season 3 Changes to Come

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Is this the end of Starling City?

Or will Oliver Queen and his crew be able to stop Slade and his Murikuru-induced army on tomorrow night's Arrow Season 2 finale?

Moreover, Slade said he had one more person to kill in his revenge plan against Oliver. Will we find out on Arrow Season 2 Episode 23 if that person is none other than Felicity Smoak?

And, finally, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg told us a few weeks ago that Season 3 will look very different from the first two seasons of the series. Will we what he means in the finale or will we have to wait until the fall?

Kreisberg jumped on the phone with me this week for an exclusive preview and one thing's for certain: the finale is set to change pretty much everything we know and love...

TV Fanatic: There’s so much going on heading into this finale but has it been a challenge to keep everything on track?

Andrew Kreisberg: Yeah. We’ve thrown a lot of plates into the air and it’s always been a challenge to catch them all. That being said, it’s not like we finished episode 22 and set out to write episode 23 and said, ‘Oh great. How are we going to do all this?’ We’ve had a long term plan, which I hope shows because we really pride ourselves on playing the long game and thinking long term.

The addition of the League of Assassins this season and the addition of the Suicide Squad, these were things we knew we were going to revisit later in the season so they weren’t done as one-off, quickie shout-outs to the comic book fans. We really wanted them to be a part of our on-going Universe.

TVF: I feel like Moira’s death was a big marker that changed so much leading into these last episodes. Is that how you and your writers see it?

AK: Yeah, the death of any of the main characters is always a turning point. It certainly was with the death of Tommy. It really changed the trajectory of the show and in the same way Oliver’s mother died and as we’ve seen in the past his greatest fear was that he wouldn’t get to go home and see his family and how much family meant to him and how much protecting his family meant to him and now his worst nightmare has come true.

This season Oliver’s journey has very simply been ‘am I a killer or am I a hero? Can I leave the island behind? Can I erase these five years and become something better?’ It really all comes to a head in this episode as he’s facing what seems to be an insurmountable enemy and his only allies are the League of the Assassins and, as Nyssa says in the finale, ‘The League does not take prisoners.’ It’s really up to Oliver to figure out how he’s going to stop Slade [and] if he can stop Slade while still maintaining his no-kill rule. I think the way it transpires will be both exciting and surprising for everyone to watch.

TVF: Is conquering Slade the true end game or is there maybe something behind that that we’re not aware of yet?

AK: Well, [Oliver’s] up against Slade’s army tearing up the city, Slade has promised to kill the person Oliver loves the most and Amanda Waller wants to launch a drone strike against the city so he has a lot to contend with. First and foremost, if he can defeat the army and stop Slade, he hopes Amanda will call off the drone strike. He’s got a busy day ahead of him.

TVF: The fact that it seems Felicity is in danger and last week Isabel said she was specifically looking for Felicity Smoak, my question is are we going to see some things rise to the surface between Felicity and Oliver that we have only hinted at in the past?

AK: I think there are the most Olicity moments that there have ever been in the series up until now. I think it will surprise people. I think Emily and Stephen have some of the best scenes they’ve ever had together and…I’ll leave it with that.

TVF: Laurel is in the mix a lot differently lately than we’ve seen in the past. I mean, she shot an arrow last week and did a pretty good job. Is that a foreshadowing to where we’ll see her in the third season?

AK: I think for all the characters including Laurel…everyone is presented with a choice in the episode to decide who they want to be. Everyone makes that choice in this episode. Some people will be making the wrong choice and I’ll leave that to the audience if they appreciate the choices everyone has made.

We really wanted this finale to really feel like the completion of season 2 but also the launching pad for season 3. We didn’t want it to feel like ‘I’ve been watching this show all year and I’m not going to get any answers until next year.’ Just as viewers, I tend to find those are the most annoying season finales. There’s definitely a sense of closure to season 2 and everyone in the show takes a giant step forward in their journeys as characters, whether that’s emotionally or towards a comic book destiny or away from a comic book destiny, so that I think you’re left with a great sense of where season 3 is heading.

TVF: Katrina Law is back in the finale. Is there any more touching on the Nyssa/Sara relationship? Is there time for any of that in this episode?

AK: It’s not really touched upon that much. Sara, obviously, went to go get Nyssa – that was the friend she talked about in episode 20. Nyssa has come at her behest but it’s really much more about Nyssa and Oliver in a way because Nyssa represents how Oliver used to do things. Kill or be killed and, like I said, she says in this episode to Oliver, ‘The League does not take prisoners.”

For somebody who’s struggling with whether being a hero also means being a killer he is really presented with an ally who is not necessarily fighting by the rules that he is setting for himself. I think that’s where the majority of the tension comes from with her.

TVF: You said a few weeks ago that Season 3 would look different and how those changes were a big part of changes we saw in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and series like that. Will we see shades of what Season 3 will look like in this finale?

AK: I think that there is a scene in the finale that is going to shake the show to its core at least in terms of what we’ve been doing up until now. I think you’re going to get a real glimpse of just how different season 3 is going to be while at the same still being Arrow and still continuing the storylines that people have come to appreciate up until now.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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Ru they ever going to put flick and oliver together she loves him and yet yse his to stupid to realise how much she care and loves him like seriously I cant wait for season3


Yes Latrice there is a show called Revenge on ABC. I meant that since Season 1 of Arrow and now Season 2, all episodes even with different characters nd plots in each episode all in some way were building up to this last moment to the season finale, the battle between Oliver and Slade and everything started the moment Oliver supposedly killed Shado and Slade fell in love with her So all episodes are just Slade getting revenge on oliver is that simple, nothing more than that. , I mean all of he bad things happening to Starling city since this season aired was due to taht moment of Oliver killing Shado and Slade taking the Mirakuru for the same thing: Oliver killing Shado and Slade loving her. I mean Oliver deathj indirectly has to do with the fact Slade is hurting everything that Oliver has and cares cause once again going back to the same; Slade getting revenge on Oliver for killing Shado as Slade loved her


Let me get this straight so all of these episode hd come only to the battle between Oliver and Slade and all that bad things that had happened in the past episodes were just of a mere topic of revenge? All of these bad things just cause Slade want to get revenge to Oliver because he supposedly killed Shado. Everything just for revenge? How lame that is a show based on the topic of just revenge

@ Revenge

I dont know if you are joking and I didn't get it, but isn't that the whole storyline of the show call revenge?


I don't think I've ever been as stoked as I am right now for an episode. Sounds like the finale will be all kinds of awesome. I'm also very curious about season 3. I hope the show doesn't change too much that the stuff I love — Olicity, Team Arrow and Oliver's hero journey — gets shoved to the side again.


I'm worried about "olicity not the way we imagined". So what; is she his sister :(. Or will she die in his arms :(

@ Ima

I don't think they are going to kill her off....but the sister thing...who knows???


No touching on the Sara/Nyssa relationship? Bleh. Many will take it as a clue that you only did that relationship as a stun, with how you apparently intend to do no follow up. Also that tie in to the LoA is sorely under used and right now, for the common viewer the LoA isn't much besides apparently an assassin organization, which is far from how complex it is in the comics. The Sara/Nyssa relationship lends itself to some interesting ways to get to know the league and how Sara was and how she is trying to change (I hope at least we will see flashback to her time in the league)


A famous face wont be back next season? Mmm Who could that be? Walter, Roy perhaps?


Interesting... I just read another sneak preview of Arrow on TV Line. There it was indicated that there is indeed a major Olicity moment that will leave Viewers angry and in tears, plus that Oliver will have to chose between Laurel and Felicity and one familiar face won't be back next season. Let the speculation begin...


... or away from a comic book destiny, so that I think you’re left with a great sense of where season 3 is heading. That quote right there is giving me hope for Oliver and Felicity to happen but that could be his intent. I seriously can't wait for tomorrow night!


I'm not sure if my heart can stand it! I'm so excited! The last couple of weeks everyone has been so good, but last week Stephen Amell & Emily Bett Rickards were awesome. I can't wait to see what is next for their characters.

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Arrow Season 2 Episode 23 Quotes

Gee Sara, you could have called before you invited ... seven assassins into our lair.


He lacked the conviction, the strength to pull the trigger, but not you Thea. You are truly my daughter and I could not be more proud.