[SPOILERS ahead for those not caught up on Arrow.]
If there's one thing the writers of the CW's Arrow joyfully revel in - it's pulling the rug out from under their audience. They've proven they can write in twists that fans didn't see coming from miles away - but they've also show they're not afraid of the long-haul with some of their story threads and supporting characters. In fact, one of the more interesting storylines the writers have had going from the very first season even, yet keep surrounded with secrecy and conspiracy, is the murder of John Diggle's (David Ramsey) brother by Floyd Lawton a.k.a. Deadshot (Michael Rowe).
While the writers killed off Lawton just a few episodes ago in "Suicidal Tendencies", they didn't do so without progressing the story along even further - when audiences at long last got to see the moment when Deadshot was approached by H.I.V.E. to kill Andy Diggle. Not much was said about the criminal organization in the scene, and the woman from H.I.V.E. was an unknown character - so fans have been left to wonder when they might finally get to learn the truth behind all this conspiracy.
Well, it looks like they'll have to wait until next season. In a recent interview with E! Online, David Ramsey revealed the the following:
"From my understanding, H.I.V.E. is going to be a big part of next season's big baddie. We are going to delve right into why H.I.V.E. hired Deadshot to kill Andy and what H.I.V.E. is all about to begin with. There will be a lot of Diggle's connection to H.I.V.E. next season so stay tuned."
It's been known for a long time that the writers and creative team started Arrow out with a five-year plan - we learned that from the first episode. It took Oliver five years from the shipwreck of the Queen's Gambit to get from Lian Yu (and wherever else he might have been) back to Starling City - and since the series is told half-present/half-flashback, it makes sense that the writers wouldn't have many plans after they get caught up with the Oliver Queen we met in the pilot episode.
It looks like H.I.V.E. has been a part of that plan from the very beginning, considering the brief mention of the organization for the first time in the second season - watering the seeds planted by Deadshot murdering Andy. Whether or not H.I.V.E. is somehow associated with Oliver's storyline involving the League of Assassins will have to wait and be seen, but it certainly seems like an interesting time to go more in-depth into the organization's backstory.
All talk right now about H.I.V.E. is mere speculation though, but it looks like fans might finally be getting some answers come next Fall. Considering how much season 4 is said to be a departure from the series as a whole up to this point, that could mean a lot of things.
Arrow airs every Wednesday night @8/7c on the CW.
Source: E! Online