‘Arrow’ Showrunner Teases Upcoming Episode; New ‘Flash’ Story Details

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Dark Archer in Arrow Years End Arrow Showrunner Teases Upcoming Episode; New Flash Story Details

Few fans would deny that Arrow season 2 was a big improvement over season 1. Not that is was without missteps - Laurel’s pill addiction, for instance – but overall it was a solid season. Mourning the death of his best friend, Oliver accepted his role of hero, made new allies, suffered more loss, and again saved Starling City from grave disaster.

One of the most pleasant (though not entirely unexpected) surprises was that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) a.k.a. The Dark Archer was still alive. He and the Arrow fought during the first season’s finale and was presumed dead after their rooftop battle. But obviously, Barrowman’s Merlyn is simply too enjoyable of a character to use up in one season.

When he returned he brought along a secret – he’s Thea Queen’s real father! With a rift already growing between Thea and her family, she accepted Merlyn’s offer to leave town with him in the season 2 finale, and will likely begin her training as his new protégé. It’s a juicy setup for only one of the many conflicts coming Oliver’s way in season 3.

Earlier today show producer, Marc Guggenheim tweeted an image of the title page for episode 4 of season 3, revealing its title to be: “The Magician.”

But before you get too excited thinking this is a hint at an appearance by Zatanna or another famed DC Comics’ magician – it’s not. After all, we weren’t talking about Malcolm just now for nothing.

In the comics, he initially went by the name Merlyn the Magician because he was that talented of an archer. (Why he didn’t go with, y’know, Robin Hood, I don’t know. That’s comics for ya.)

Guggenheim even quickly cleared up any confusion with a tweet making it quite obvious that the title refers to Barrowman’s role:

So episode 4 will be a Merlyn-focused one, but about what? Well, given that he’s taken Willa Holland’s Thea under his wing, it’s obvious he has plans for her tutelage, and it’s very likely those plans will come into play during this episode.

Barrowman told TV Line earlier this summer Malcolm will “train her to be a powerhouse, to be a tough bitch.” This episode could be the beginning of that, and seeing as her ex-boyfriend went and got himself a cool new alter-ego, why shouldn’t she?

Yet all good training sequences typically begin with delving into the teacher’s past, and with the name The Magician tied to Merlyn’s past in the comics, it isn’t out of the question that name is tied to his past on the show.

The name is simple and succinct, and similar to another character’s moniker: The Canary, a title earned by Sara Lance while in the League of Assassins. And coincidentally, Merlyn also spent time with the League, so we wouldn’t be surprised if The Magician was his call sign.


NEXT: The Flash to Feature Time Travel


Arrow season 3 premieres Wednesday October 8th @8pm on The CW.

Source: Marc Guggenheim

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  1. Zatan-ahhhhh…..

    • Hilarious.

  2. An focused episode about Malcolm Merlyn would be amazing. I bet it’ll deal the present time with Thea and also like Arrow’s flashbacks with Oliver, we’re going to see into Malcolm’s past on his journey with The League of Assassins.

    As for time-travel in The Flash, I hope we see that, but not a lot of it. I can see them do a Flashpoint-esque story arc. Two episode event for both shows if possible.

    • A sort of semi-Flashpoint adaptation would be awesome, and it’d be a great crossover event too, but it sounds more like a down-the-line sort of idea to me – maybe season 2 or 3?

  3. I’m pretty sure that anything time travel related will have to do with Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash.

  4. I was about to say that Sara’s name in the League was The Canary so Malcolm’s could’ve been The Magician……. then i read the last paragraph :( LOL

  5. So what, Thea will go from moping brat to Hit-Girl from now on?

  6. Also i’m wondering since we went from a guy shooting a bow to guys who can break a wall with their fists and then to a guy who runs super fast and guys who control the weather and time travel, would the show(s)runners be willing to introduce extraterrestrials even on a small scale like Martian Manhunter appearing as a detective in Starling City?

    • CSI: Martian Manhunter :P


  7. Not to go a little weird here, but what if she became Cheshire? I know Cheshire isn’t related to Oliver or Malcolm, but it would make sense with the Roy Harper relationship. Just a thought.

    • Cheshire? Now that would be “The cat’s pajamas”! (Gives a BIG grin!!)……See what I did there?

  8. I know this may seem like a stretch but what if Thea is the Arrow version of Cheshire? With her relationship with Roy I think it’s at least an idea.

  9. Oliver’s nickname for Thea is Speedy…

    Perhaps they are going to split Speedy and Arsenal from the comics into two characters in the show.

    Then again, the Cheshire theory would be pretty cool too…

  10. I wish they introduce Zatanna, maybe in Constantine. But I would love it if in the future she appears on Arrow or The Flash. I really liked Serinda Swan’s Zatanna in Smallville, so maybe recast her. She can even appear as a kid on Gotham with Zatarra (kidding)

    • Kidding, just for the last part.

  11. Even from just watching the Flash pilot trailer- you can see Zoom fighting with a red blur as young Barry watches.

    Of course the show will have ‘time travel’.

    • Also, doesn’t the end scene if the pilot blatantly display that time travel is part of the show. I won’t spoil anything but it’s 100% there.

  12. Abra Kadabra.