[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.
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