‘Arrow’ Showrunner Teases Season 2 Finale & the Return of ‘Familiar Faces’

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[WARNING: This article contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for ‘Arrow’.]

For a television series based on a well-known comic book, albeit with decades of obscure material from which to draw, The CW’s superhero drama Arrow has managed to circumvent fan expectations time and again. Each week, the writers cleverly include a number of direct references and nods to the comic book, but it’s the show’s unique take on the original work that has kept viewers guessing as to where it’ll go next.

So far, some of our only hints about what’s ahead for Team Arrow have come from set photos. A recent one showed Slade’s supersoldier army gathering on a bridge and another indicated that accomplice Isabel Rochev would soon become … well, it’s too SPOILERy to reveal here. (Both were hinted at during the last episode.)

It’s safe to say that the next three episodes of Arrow will be crucial to setting up the season 2 finale in May. Speaking about episode 23, appropriately titled ‘Unthinkable,’ EP Marc Guggenheim recently talked to E! Online about what we can expect. Here’s what he had to say:

“If everything goes according to plan, that’s a caveat, you’ll see some familiar faces in the finale. Maybe ones that you’re not expecting.”

But unless they’ve kept the truth truly under wraps, we do have some ideas.

According to press releases, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) will return to Arrow in episode 222, ‘Streets of Fire,’ just in time to come face-to-face with his daughter, Thea. Last seen trying to take out the Glades, then leaving Moira to take the fall for her part in the conspiracy, Malcolm resurfaced earlier this season to help acquit her of the charges. He’s been hiding from Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins all this time, but his upcoming return could mean another familiar face is coming to Starling City.

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A recent cast photo taken at dinner during filming for the finale shows Katrina Law, who plays Nyssa al Ghul, also on set. Now, Nyssa could simply be after Malcolm Merlyn for breaking the League’s code of honor, but it’s also possible she’ll only appear in flashbacks. On a series with this many twists, there’s no way to know for sure. (Which is to say, we’ll have to watch the episode.)

Whatever happens in the finale, the status quo will definitely be changed for season 3. The Queen family is already on track to lose everything, and it’s becoming more and more clear that next year will see Team Arrow going back to basics. And you can’t get more ‘back to basics’ than a return to the island, where co-star Emily Bett Rickards recently posted an Instagram of them shooting. Sounds like we’re in for quite a ride.


Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. The season 2 finale will air May 14th, 2014.

Source: E! Online

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  1. Tommy Merlyn might be back…that’s my guess.

    • I guessed that too a while back. Figured he’d return as the new Merlyn/Dark Archer at some point. That would really affect Ollie.

      Have to say, we had the Deathstroke episode this Thursday, I saw it Friday night and it was superb. Best comic book TV show by miles. Totally hooked.

      • Deathstroke, Deadshot, the huntress, I love these characters. What I like about arrow is it’s uniqueness. all other shows have become predictable.

        Because they focus on aspect, or the other: “It is coming”, “the others”. (how many shows do you know that all have something that is coming?)

        With that out of the way MY FAVOURITE CONCEPTS have been

        The Undertaking – Arrow
        The Others – Lost
        The Originals – Vampire Diaries
        Oversight – Nikita

        The Jam – Beauty and the Beast
        The Black box – Nikita
        The Hatch – Lost

        Deadshot – Arrow
        Deathstroke – Arrow
        The Dark Passenger – Dexter

        What are your favourite concepts?

        • Mine? Hard to say but I guess:

          * Slade’s descent into villainy in Arrow.

          * The whole “what the hell is going on?” aspects of both Life On Mars and its sequel show, Ashes To Ashes (the ultimate reveal about who Gene Hunt really is and why Sam went back to the 70s and Alex went back to the early 80s were just fantastic TV).

          * True Detective. No other words needed.

          I also like the whole concept of Joe Carroll’s cult in The Following and the politics that rule Westeros in Game Of Thrones. 24 was brilliant TV too, one special agent being the only person capable of stopping a terrorist attack in 24 hours. Also the first season of Homeland, wondering whether Nicholas Brody was a captive or if he’d been turned into a terrorist asset.

          • Well,there was a Harley Quinn teaser/easter egg in the Suicide squad episode, so i think they are going to introduce her next year

  2. I want to see 2 things more than anything on this show….


    Harley Quinn

    that is all……..

  3. Am I the only one who is KINDA hoping Merlyn helps Oliver kill Deathstroke just to save the Arrow’s death for himself? I just want that to happen.

    Also, I’m making my prediction now. Sarah gonna DIE this season.

  4. Predicting Tommy will be resurected using the lazurus pit (or at least Arrow’s version) and will become Olivers nemesis going forward.

    • The mirakuru revitalises a person and can drive them insane… as close as we’ve seen to a Lazarus pit on the show.

  5. Perhaps Shado might be resurrected by Slade himself. That’s not a far-fetched idea at all, considering he injected Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) with the mirakuru at the end of episode 19 .

    • Rochev will wear the female version of Deathstroke costume – “The Ravager”.

      • I’ll be surprised if Eddie Fyers came back on the season finale… that’ll be awesome.
        Yao Fei too perhaps.

  6. Im wondering whos gonna be the main villain next season. Its gonna be hard to top Deathstroke

    • According to Manu Bennett (who accidentally let it slip last month), it’ll be Deathstroke and Malcolm Merlyn.

  7. Arrow has been fantastic this season. Why is it that DC can make great TV shows like Arrow and Smallville, but leave something to be desired with their big screen adaptations? Maybe they should let their TV writers write the scripts for their big films.

    • See, I saw MOS at the cinema last year and called it Meh Of Steel, though I enjoyed some aspects of it (Clark unable to fit in as either a human or a Kryptonian). Sky Movies Premiere started showing it from Friday and I saw it a second time and actually thought it was a pretty damn good film. The last bad film WB/DC released was Green Lantern in my view so all they have to do is keep up that admittedly short track record and they’ll do just fine.

      I mean, Marvel seem to have the opposite problem where the films are great but the TV show is horrendous but we’ll see if they can turn that around with Daredevil and the other new Netflix shows. Both companies have learned their lessons in what viewers want so it should all be good from now on.

  8. I could really see an uncomfortable alliance between Malcolm and Oliver against Deathstroke, with Thea being the catalyst. Slade threatened Thea to get to Oliver, and told her about her true parentage to do extra damage. But he might not be aware that Merlyn is still alive, and he has threatened Thea. Malcolm would not like that one bit, since she’s his only family left.

  9. Well sneak peak set pics of season 3 ( & costume design), hint towards a lady deathstroke being one of the villians next season, I also think Malcolm Merlyn will help Oliver fight Deathstroke, Oliver will help Malcolm defeat Nyssa Al’gul, Leaving there next battle for season 3, I also don’t think Tommy or Shado will be back, as neither Melcolm or Slade had the Mirakuru on them at time of there death’s.

  10. This show is taking over for the super hero genre on TV. With every new episode it gets better and better. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us. I love it!

    • And Stephen Amell passed 1.5 million Facebook fans this week for the privilege too. Congratulations all round for the cast and crew in my opinion because they took something that was a little bit Smallville in the first 2-3 episodes into THE comic book property to watch on TV.

  11. As long as they don’t kill Felicity… I like her nerd-sexy character, and the actress is really fun to watch. However, from the point of view of the story it would make sense to have her killed. It would provide Olliver with a real, poignant drive to kill Deathstroke once and for all. And the viewers would be as shocked by her death as those from GoT did from the deaths on the Red Wedding!

  12. Well, they pretty much set the Tommy/Dark Acher, especially with Oliver lying about killing his dad before he died.

  13. It would be interesting to see Eddie Fyers and Yao Fei come back in the present day to haunt Oliver. Since both have been killed on the island (Oliver shot an arrow to Fyers’ chest and Yao Fei was shot in the head by Fyers), it is impossible to resurrect these characters in the present day. But as they say, comic book characters don’t stay dead for long.

  14. Awesome idea: Have Sarah get pregnant, cause I didn’t see no protection that night they first hooked up. That could lead to Laurel taking over for Sarah without killing her off.

  15. Barry Allen… The flash…. partical accelerator. He’ll be back.

  16. I quite love the idea of Flash coming back to help take on Deathstroke.

  17. The Arrow writers have done just about everything right as the program is concerned. They have managed to ratchet up the suspense in nearly every episode. This is the best superhero genre program on TV by far.

    • I believe Moira was about to reveal the fact that Malcolm is still alive to Oliver and Thea, as they both still believe he is dead.

      And regarding your last question (Sara’s “old friend”), I think she might be hinting towards meeting up with Nyssa and possibly rejoining the League of Assassins, due to the fact that she told Oliver that she wanted to kill Roy, as well as being a killer and “selling her soul to the devil” (or something along those lines.)

  18. They got the cure from star labs and injected the cure into Roy also tommy merlin I think got shot by thea