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Arrow’s second season to have two big bads!

May 22nd, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments


In a new interview with TV Guide, Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim looks ahead to the second season of The CW’s Arrow. The focus of the interview centered around what type of adversaries Oliver will facenext season. While the first season was your usual villain of the week TV show fare, the main antagonist was Malcolm Merlyn played by John Barrowman. In season two, there will of course be more, “smaller” antagonists for Arrow to face but this time there will be not one but two Big Bads plaguing Starling City and its vigilante. Guggenheim explained:

“We made no secret of the fact that we subscribe to the Whedonesque model of having a big bad, and in Season 2, we’ll actually have two big bads. They’ll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We’re really excited about both of them.”

Guggenheim actually reveals that Malcolm Merlyn was the inspiration for the direction of season 2:

With Malcolm and the Dark Archer, we sort of had two big bads in one person. In Season 2, we’re going to split them up essentially, and there will be a Malcolm-esque big bad and a Dark Archer-esque big bad.”

Most fans would assume that the Dark Archer-esque villain is Slade Wilson (Manu Bennet) aka Deathstroke. Guggenheim has a response to this:

“If the question of Season 1 is, ‘What happened to Oliver on that island?’ The question of Season 2 is, ‘What happened to Slade Wilson on that island ?'”

Regardless of who the two villains are, Guggenheim says the second season will be even more action-packed and exciting than the first:

“We’re definitely trying to take the show to the next level in Season 2,” he says. “Obviously we’re feeling a lot of pressure, but also a huge desire to return with a few big bold statements that the show is not quieting down. If anything, it’s ramping up. It’s going to be cool. I’m really excited about both villains. We’ve set the bar pretty high for ourselves in terms of ending with a bang, and we’re looking to exceed that in Season 2.”

Sounds like a bullseye to me!

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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool