This featurette was hard to find, beautiful and elusive like an albino king cobra, and potentially just as deadly. Andy K is here to tell you some things you’ll like, some things that will make you chew your nails to the third knuckle and other things that you will pretend you just never heard because you don’t want to leave fingerprints on your screen from pointing emphatically.
As always, I reserve the right to ignore anything that doesn’t interest me or that we have seen before in other previews, and no apology for my rampant Olicity. Let’s begin.
The wholesale barter of my soul to @ArrowWriters begins immediately, because they own me even in the afterlife, and those %$#@! know it.
Here’s Andrew Kreisberg, our featurette sherpa.
He begins by saying that last season was an exploration of “Am I a Killer, or Am I A Hero?” and that both Oliver and Sara wrestled with it. The theme for Season 3 is “Identity,” and it is one all the characters will wrestle with. Oliver, for example will ask himself if he has to be Oliver Queen or the Arrow.
Digg is going to question whether he is a father and family man….
…or whether he is a member of Team Arrow.
Thea is going to be asking herself if she is Thea Queen or Thea Merlyn, and that they dynamic between she and Malcolm is interesting because they have each lost and gained a parent and child, respectively, and now they are coming together.
Moving on to our protagonist, he says that Oliver has taken to the idea of being a hero, and that Starling City has also settled into accepting him as one, which is very different thank the pilot, where he was being hunted by the police and was a “real dark force for vengeance.” Now that he is a hero, and “enjoying the fruits of that, he’s starting to question if he can have a life.” Andy tells us that one of the fun parts of the Season 3 premiere where “everything is coming up Ollie” that he starts to be believe that “maybe there is a life for him beyond the hood, and maybe that could start with Felicity.”
Hold on, I gotta do something real quick.
I am so easy to please, A-K. Thank you. Andy says that in the first episode, “we see Oliver go on a date with Felicity, to both comical and tragic results.” (“I’m going to ignore whatever came after “and”.)
He says that “they clearly have a very strong bond, and clearly there’s love there, but this season is really both of them wrestling with, you know, is there any world where this could really work?” YES OF COURSE. LALALALASHUT IT.
But according to Party Pooper In Charge A-K, there are “other options for Felicity, mainly in the form of Ray Palmer, AKA The Atom, played by Brandon Routh.” He says that the chemistry between Emily and Brandon is “off the charts” and while I have no reason to believe he is lying, I think it’s off the charts in the sense that it is not measurable by human senses. Also, NO. Also, NEVER.
In any case he says that Ray is a “strong rival, and a good option” for Felicity. I’ll have to wait and see how he does on the salmon ladder or else NO DICE.
Next AyKay talks about the big bad for the season, Ras-al-Ghul, who is “definitely the biggest, baddest, scariest, most malevolent force that Oliver has come up against.” You can tell by the outfit.
As for Slade, he is still in prison in what A-K calls the “Argus Supermax on the island,” and that his story continues through the season. He says Oliver “has done a great job of bottling up his demons both figuratively and literally” and that there is “always a chance for them to come out.”
For all the characters, whether it’s Oliver, Felicity or Digg, past mistakes that they have made end up “sort of catching up to them.” Roy, for example, did some very ugly things last season under the influence of the Mirakuru which are going to rear their ugly heads in season 3.
He describes that one of the two big ideas they had when they made the pilot was that Sara would still be alive, and that the other would be that Oliver would wake up at the end of S2 “not on the island” in the flashbacks. The flashbacks are exciting this year, he explains, because previously they worried that locking into that one place and limiting the cast to the “island repertory players” would become stagnant. I don’t think that will be a problem this year.
So this year they will introduce both Karl Yeun as Masseo, and Amanda Waller to those scenes, as well as some old familiar faces “in new and surprising ways” makes those scenes “richer and grander.”
They will also use the flashbacks to explain how the Suicide Squad was created, because they are both a “fan and a writer favorite”.
He also touches on the Flash/Arrow crossover event, saying that having met Barry in Arrow last season, we know what a fan he was and that working with the Arrow is sort of a dream come true for him.
However, they have announced that the name for that episode will be “Flash vs. Arrow,” so in his words “obviously that partnership is going to have some quirks in it.” He says if you love these shows, seeing the nods and crossovers makes it feel like “one complete experience.” So for example you are reading a Superman comic and Batman shows up on the last splash page, you are like, “wow, that is so cool,” seeing who is going to get together. So rather than putting it off, they just want to “get to the good stuff” sooner.
Finally, Andy says they feel they “have worked out the kinks and figured out what works on the show” and that this season is “even more epic…
even more romantic…
…even more heartbreaking…
and even more hilarious than the previous two seasons” and that they are “so excited to show everybody where Oliver Queen’s adventures take him next.”