Interview: EP Andrew Kreisberg Previews Arrow’s “Unthinkable” Season Finale

Craig Byrne May 13, 2014 16

Do we need to have any tissues handy this week, like we did a few weeks ago?

I would. There’s a scene in here that I get misty, every time I watch it. Not necessarily because it’s sad, but more because it’s just so emotional. But, yes.

S030A-514-ARW-120-14In the episode trailer, it appears Roy Harper has a costume of some sort. Might we get an official codename for him too, and what is going on with him in general?

He doesn’t have a full costume; he has a mask. Roy has been on a journey. We always say that if any character is really going to walk their comic book character’s path, they have to “go to the island.” We don’t necessarily mean Lian Yu; we just mean that they have to go through their baptism of fire the same way Oliver did, and this season, we set out in the beginning to say this was going to be the worst year of Roy Harper’s life, and it was. He’s coming out on the other side of it. As I said earlier, with everybody embracing their destiny, Roy, I think, is finally ready to embrace the hero’s path, and it’s going to be fun and exciting for the fans to see where that takes him.

So that means no code name yet?

No code name yet. You’ve gotta leave something for Season 3, right?

UnthinkableCan you talk about all of the guest stars that we have to look forward to Wednesday night, most of whom are in the promo photos?

That was something that we very consciously thought of, especially when we were building the season, when we introduced the League of Assassins, and introduced the Suicide Squad, because we knew from the very beginning that Slade’s agenda was going to be to make an army like himself, and that they would take on the city, to give it a different, ground level, visceral scare, as opposed to the earthquake device in Season 1. So if you’re facing an army, you need an army to fight them.

UnthinkableThat’s why we very consciously introduced these other factions throughout the season, knowing that we were going to bring them together to all fight on the side of good against Slade. It’s been fun to see that come to fruition.

The one nice thing about characters like Deadshot, played by Michael Rowe, and Nyssa, played by Katrina Law, is that they all are a little bit larger than life, which also allows them to inject humor into scenes, because our stalwarts are usually very stoic, especially given what they’re up against. So, when you have Nyssa come in, she’s good for two or three solid laughs in the episode, as is Deadshot. As grounded emotionally as we try to make the show, it is still a big, giant popcorn superhero show, so it’s nice to have those moments of levity.

The Arrow season finale airs this Wednesday night, May 14 on The CW. If all this isn’t enough reason to watch, there will be a preview of the new CW series The Flash – a spin-off from Arrow – that night! Our thanks to Andrew Kreisberg for doing this interview, and to all of Team Arrow for a great season!

Preview images for “Unthinkable” can be found here.

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  1. Hal Jordan May 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm -

    Felicity is gonna get killed by Slade

    • Matt May 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm -

      I think she’ll survive to season 3. Doesn’t mean she won’t get injured though.

      • sean May 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm -

        According to IMDB the season ends with a betrayal by Diggle. I hope that is a lie spread to throw off the viewers

        • jason May 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm -

          IMDB can be edited by anyone. Don’t worry, that’s total bs.

        • Anilas May 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm -

          Marc Guggenheim already said that was bs

        • BBussey May 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm -

          Definitely a lie posted by some troll, as it also talks about Blood’s plans.

    • Dave May 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm -

      She’s already listed for Season 3! Caalmmzzz

    • BBussey May 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm -

      Guggenheim gave an interview today as well. He didn’t state it outright, but it appears no more regulars die in the finale, including Sara. He talks about everyone finding his/her destiny, and specifically sites Sara as deciding if she is a hero or an assassin and returning to the League. He said one person would be “absent” from the start of Season 3, and my guess on that is Thea. John Barrowman already spoke last month of having to be back on the set in July for Season 3, so it appears Thea’s baptism by fire is next year.

    • BBussey May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm -

      And Felicity was never in danger of being killed off. They’ve already spoken of exploring more of her backstory next year, as well as some Central City appearances.

  2. Lucy May 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm -

    I think the only one who may die is Isabel. I think everyone else will live.

    • Lisa May 14, 2014 at 3:00 am -


      • huehue May 14, 2014 at 7:43 am -

        There was some info about Oliver’s situation in season 3 and that he’s not gonna be broke after losing a company, doesn’t mean he’d get it back somehow if Isabel dies but could be a possibility so there’s 50/50 chance imo that she’s actually gonna live

  3. thearrow112 May 14, 2014 at 6:19 am -

    Now it’s the time to end this. It’s really boring that almost every villain appears again and again after The Arrow has already killed them. So, if Oliver is going to kill Slade tonight, I hope he stays damn dead.

  4. Tom May 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm -

    I Think that isabel will die this episode because oliver needs to get his company back and he can’t do it with her being there

  5. valentin May 15, 2014 at 2:50 am -

    red arrow et green arrow sa va

  6. valentin May 15, 2014 at 2:52 am -

    sava dechirer red arrow et green arrow et le vivement la saison 3