Well, tonight is the night Arrow fans get to find out just who is in the grave we saw Oliver at as this season opened….
And while we all have our own theories, it may well prove to be a devastating event. Now the producers of the show are talking about tonight’s reveal and what it means to the Arrow mythology and how difficult is it to kill someone in a world where dead is no longer forever?
Executive producer Greg Gugenheim said of tonight’s show: “Dead is not goodbye. We definitely recognize across all three shows that when we kill off a character, it means something different now. I’m not going to put a qualitative judgment on whether it’s more or less impactful. … But certainly, we acknowledge that there’s a difference. And Arrow, much more so than Flash or Legends, it traffics in death. For better or worse, death is part of the show. What we’re finding, as we’re pushing into Season 5, [is] the show has to evolve; it has to change. And the concept of death is evolving and changing, as we’ve already seen with Sara Lance,” he told TV Guide.
Producer Wendy Mericle teases the reaction to the death, which occurs in tonight’s episode: “I will say that the episodes we’ve written in the aftermath are devastating and they’re meant to be. We wanted to explore that and to really have everybody feel the impact of this loss. It’s a game-changer in a very sad way in that we’re losing a beloved character, but also in the sense of big moves like this will open up new storytelling avenues and will force our characters to rethink their decisions and rethink their objectives.”
Talking to Comicbook, he added: “We’ve always you know, made know bones about the fact that we are telling our own version of the Green Arrow mythos,” Guggenheim said. “Green Arrow has had so many different interpretations over the years that we never felt you know beholden to one particular interpretation, and this is our interpretation, like it or not, and I recognize that there are plenty of people up and down my Twitter feed who do not like it. Totally respect that.
“It’s never been just about one or two different particular fan bases. We make the creative choices we feel benefit the show as a whole, and the story that we’re telling overall.”
What do you think? Before it airs, who do you think is in that grave?