“Dead To Rights” Post-Mortem: Geoff Johns Talks About [Spoiler] Learning Oliver’s Secret “Dead To Rights” Post-Mortem: Geoff Johns Talks About [Spoiler] Learning Oliver’s Secret
Geoff Johns talks about a big moment from the Arrow episode Dead To Rights “Dead To Rights” Post-Mortem: Geoff Johns Talks About [Spoiler] Learning Oliver’s Secret

Dead to RightsDon’t read this unless you have seen tonight’s episode of Arrow, titled “Dead To Rights.”

Earlier today, we posted our interview with DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, author of this week’s episode of Arrow, but there was one thing we couldn’t post about at the time: How are things going to change between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and his best friend, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), now that Tommy knows the secret? Johns tells us that he feels Tommy’s reaction is different from what we have seen before in the series.

“I think you’ve seen how certain people reacted. Diggle, Felicity… but those aren’t life long friends. Those are people who are brought in relatively quickly in the relationship,” Johns explains to us. “I think you can see the pain on Tommy’s face at the very end of the episode, when Oliver answers that question, ‘Were you ever going to tell me?’ And Oliver answers that so honestly. You see Stephen just deliver one hell of a performance there, and he just said ‘No.’ I think that just crushed Tommy. I think it shatters him in a way that he’s never been hurt like that before,” he says.

Could that mean that Tommy Merlyn may be a Dark Archer himself someday? Geoff didn’t tell us anything, but stay tuned…

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Craig Byrne

Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.

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