ARROW Sneak Peek: Law & Order

ARROW gets current tonight and tackles the divisive issue of gun control. Executive Producer, Marc Guggenheim, penned the episode, which should offer viewers a real-world take on the subject.

Guggenheim spent his early career cutting his teeth on the ripped-from-the-headlines, LAW & ORDER.

Guggenheim wrote and produced one of my favorite LAW & ORDER episodes, aptly titled, “City Hall,” and tonight’s ARROW episode, “Spectre of the Gun,” may remind L&O viewers of that quality.

Watch for Guggenheim, who rarely shied away from hot topics in his pre-sci-fi career, to bring home the emotions when another city hall is attacked… Star City’s.

Tragic memories resurface for Rene (Rick Gonzalez), aka Wild Dog. Gonzalez, who like Guggenheim, is an alum of Kelley/Wolf/Zuiker/Bruckheimer procedurals, should have no problem handling the material.

Flashbacks will reveal how Rene went from everyday family man to gun-toting Wild Dog and give the audience more insight into how and why he has evolved into the man that he is now.

If Rene will be the voice of gun owners’ rights, the clip shows Curtis (Echo Kellum) as the voice of gun control proponents. Recently a victim of assault, Mr. Terrific is not as sure about the “fight fire with fire” approach, and tensions flare in the bunker as the team deals with this timely subject.

Guggenheim shows respect to this real-life discussion by sending Oliver (Stephen Amell), not Green Arrow, to deal with the perpetrator behind the attack.

Sometimes, a “regular guy,” not necessarily a superhero, is the right person to assist in a crisis. (“Regular guy” except his penchant for dressing up in a hood, who is millionaire playboy, good-looking and is in phenomenal shape. You know, just a “regular guy.”)

ARROW also stars David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Josh Segarra and Paul Blackthorne. Guest stars on “Spectre of the Gun” are Bruce Crawford, Lexa Doig, Doris Chase, Eliza Faria, Nisreen Slim and Juliana Harkavy.

Re Harkavy, a shoutout to producers for choosing Dinah Drake, the Golden Age Black Canary, to put BC back on the GA landscape.

ARROW airs tonight (February 15) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Sneak Peek: Canary Cry, Baby

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The big lie. “The check is in the mail.” “I’ll respect you in the morning.” “Hi, Ollie.”

When ARROW went on winter hiatus, there was Katie Cassidy, in the bunker, giving hope to Black Canary fans that their 2nd favorite DC character (right after Catwoman) was making a return.

But cliffhangers being what they are, and ARROW fans being a bit jaded (green pun intended), were suspicious that it was no miracle, but perhaps a Mericle (as in Wendy) and company, who was bringing back their favorite songbird.

As weeks passed and clips came out, fans realized that Cassidy was returning not as Black Canary, but as Black Siren from Earth-2. And that was fine. While this earth’s Laurel Lance never had a chance to bloom into the comic book Canary persona, this was a chance to start over…to let Cassidy deliver her lines with the appropriate amount of snark that fit BC’s print image.

But, tonight is about deception. Star City D.A., Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) offers to defend Diggle (David Ramsey) from military charges, but both men know that the General has a secret agenda.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), still reeling from Detective Malone’s death, is on the path to avenge him at any lengths, a possible ploy by Prometheus to trick Green Arrow into hurting those close to the emerald archer.

Curtis (Echo Kellum) tells Rene (Rick Gonzalez) that his work with the team has cost him the love of his life. Will a run-in with Black Siren be the final straw for Mr. Terrific?

And is this Mericle or miracle? It would be fabulous if the print-style Black Canary could end up as Ollie’s (Stephen Amell) love interest.

Cassidy is billed as a “guest star,” not a series regular. But guest stars sometimes can be more permanent than the billing implies (like Jim Beaver, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard and Cassidy, herself, on SUPERNATURAL).

Case in point, actress Lexa Doig makes her ARROW debut tonight as Talia al Ghul, half-sister of Nyssa. Doig is listed as “recurring,” but it looks as if her character is in every episode in the near future.

For those keeping score on the SUPERNATURAL/ARROW references, the arrival of Talia makes three. Talia and R’as kidnapped the 2nd Robin, Jason Todd, in the animated feature, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD. Jason was voiced by Jensen Ackles.

ARROW also stars Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne, and guest stars Chris Furci and Mike Kovac. Tonight’s episode, “Who Are You,” was written by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan and directed by Gregory Smith.

ARROW airs tonight at 8pm on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Fall Season Finale Sneak Peek: And The Candidates Are….

OK, people, it is time to vote! No, not for those folks. It is time to vote for the likely candidate who is hiding under the Prometheus hood on ARROW.

Evelyn’s (Madison McLaughlin) resentment of Oliver (Stephen Amell) continues to grow, despite his attempts to build a relationship with the young woman. No amount of that famous Queen charm can erase her anger. Not only did Ollie not rescue her parents from Damien Dahrk, but he failed to save her hero, Black Canary, from death at the hands of the blue-eyed monster.

Her bitterness has driven her to team up with Prometheus, delivering intel on Team Arrow.

When Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Paul (Chenier Hundal) are attacked by Prometheus, it becomes clear to Oliver that the big bad knows their secret identities, which puts the team’s lives and existence in jeopardy.

Shall we round up the usual suspects?

Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell). Yes, he is dead. Or he was dead. But Flashpoint gave John (David Ramsey) a son instead of a daughter, so it is not beyond the pale. The time aberration may have restored the Lazarus Pit. It is not unreasonable to think that Malcolm (John Barrowman) could have used it to reanimate Tommy in the new timeline.

Considering that their love for Laurel turned Tommy’s friendship with Oliver into a rivalry, the modus operandi could fit. Prometheus wants to make Oliver suffer as much as possible before finishing him off.

Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Ah, if only this were the case. The brief glimpse at Deathstroke in last week’s 100th-episode crossover reminded viewers how much this character is missed. Hopefully, the rule that “Features trump TV” as to who has control of the character will slacken and return Bennett to the ARROW canvas.

R’as al Ghul (Matt Nable). Yes, he is dead. See #1. Not only could Flashpoint have revised the circumstances of his death, he OWNS the Lazarus Pit. If they could pull off the seeming size differential on the Prometheus costume, it could be any of the al Ghuls.

Roy Harper (Colton Haynes). He knows a lot about Team Arrow and may have gone ‘round the bend due to any number of circumstances. Perhaps he is jealous of the recruits, played by McLaughlin, Kellum, Rick Gonzalez and Joe Dinicol.

Billy Malone (Tyler Ritter). Not yet. He may be in the works as a future villain, but tonight is the fall season finale and 42 minutes is not enough time to establish a backstory before going away for 8 weeks…is it?

Justin Claybourne (Garwin Sanford). Who? Claybourne was one of the names listed in Robert Queen’s book who has not shown up as a character on ARROW until tonight. Considering that Robert instructed Oliver to deal with the unscrupulous people on the list, Justin is a viable candidate, even though his name rarely has been referenced since the series pilot. However, Prometheus is using anagrams of the names on the list to kill Star City residents, and the photos show Ollie and Dig at Claybourne Pharmaceuticals.

Executive Producer, Wendy Mericle, says that some of the stories that were foreshadowed in Season 1 will be told this year.

Side plug for SUPERNATURAL: Claybourne is played by Garwin Sanford, the actor who portrayed the fabulous Jim Michaels in “The French Mistake,” my favorite episode.

Anybody else in Robert’s book. Why not? While they would not know as much about the team, Evelyn has intel, and they also have had issues with the Queens. The same goes for anybody who belongs in the “deceased but possibly resurrected” category.

Jim Jordan. Who? Jim Jordan. For those who did not spend their allowances on DC Comics, Jim Jordan is Hal Jordan’s brother. Hal Jordan, arguably, is considered to be the preeminent (but not the only) Green Lantern. In print, Jim Jordan is married to Susan Williams (Carly Pope), Oliver’s potential new reporter squeeze. It could explain why Susan is so interested in digging up dirt on Ollie other than being good at her job.

It’s a stretch, but what a great way to introduce a new GREEN LANTERN series to fill the Friday night gap next year to replace the departing THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and there was that one brief reference to Hal Jordan last season. Hopes are up.

ARROW also stars Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Josh Segarra and Paul Blackthorne. Tonight’s episode, “What We Leave Behind,” was written by Mericle & Beth Schwartz and directed by Antonio Negret.

ARROW’s fall season finale airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Sneak Peek: Some Team To Believe In!

In what was, arguably, the best ARROW ever, head honchos Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle got together and created a story that was worthy of any comic book spectacular…they pulled together characters from the past, present and other worlds to bond into the thing that most people want…a supportive network.

That elusive touchstone which occurs only so often in life, sometimes at family holidays, other times at a convention of strangers who seem like friends, or at somewhere in between, there is little else among the human spirit that is as satisfying as the feeling of acceptance by others, despite one’s failures and flaws.

ARROW brought that feeling (along with many late lamented characters) onto the canvas and gave each other (and us) the feeling that everything would be OK, even in the most trying of circumstances if we have the help of a supportive network.

That long has been the hallmark of graphic novels, and now, the hallmark of the Berlantiverse.

The world that was created in the hallucination was perfection, and TPTB should consider an ARROW flashpoint that restores those characters to the canvas. The effect of their mutual appearances elevated the 100th episode to one of the better nights in modern television. It was a new era in “must-see TV.”

In addition to the always-fabulous sound and choreography was a story with a character-rich payoff and an expensive-effect-but-worth-it big bad.

The epic 4-night/4-series crossover event ends tonight on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW as the bad guy aliens, the Dominators, escalate their nefarious plans for Earth. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and their respective teams join the Legends to save Earth while illustrating that humans are capable of bonding and working for a mutual goal of what is best for all, despite their differences…something that graphic novels have championed for decades.

To quote Felicity, “best team-up ever!”

Another era in which groups from disparate backgrounds come together to fight a common enemy, World War II, is on the forefront of tonight’s episode of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Footage comes to light revealing that the Dominators were here at least one other time…the a war film that was shot by none other than the U.S. Signal Corps.

And as I sit here, chuckling at the cleverness of the writers on their delicious inside joke, understand this…

When the U.S. entered WWII, the U.S. Army Signal Corps’s motion picture division covered the war and was headed by none other than Jack L. Warner, one of the four Warner Bros. Yes, the same Warner Bros. whose studio produces SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and is half-owner of The CW. (The Signal Corps has among its ranks a storied group ranging from Stan Lee and Frank Capra to Julius Rosenberg.) Thanks to writers Phil Klemmer, Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti and director Gregory Smith for the best laugh I have had all week.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill (reportedly returning soon), Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Matt Letscher, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Amy Pemberton, Nick Zano, and the master of dry humor, Dominic Purcell. Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker return from THE FLASH as does Amell, David Ramsey, Thea Holland and Emily Bett Rickards from ARROW. Christina Brucato guest stars as Lily Stein, the daughter that Martin acquired in a time aberration in 1987.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW airs tonight in the U.S. on The CW at 8pm and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW: Stephen Amell Reflects on the 100th Episode


ARROW is hitting a milestone right in the middle of this year’s four-part DC/CW crossover. As the 100th episode of the show approaches, ARROW is combining the events of the crossover with the return of familiar faces from the show’s tenure. During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, star Stephen Amell talked about the milestone episode.

Here’s what we know: at the end of THE FLASH last night Oliver and several other heroes were taken hostage by the Dominators, a race of aliens who have come to wreak havoc on earth. Now they’re all hooked up to some alien pods as their friends back on earth struggle to find a way to save them.

“To explain the 100th episode is impossible because it is such a radical departure from anything that we have ever done on the show and we’ve done a lot because we’ve done 100 episodes,” Amell said. “But we utilize the fantastical elements that we bring in on THE FLASH and carry through to LEGENDS OF TOMORROW with the present day storyline to create something for the 100th episode of the show that is not a flashback, it’s not a flash forward, it’s something else entirely.”

Related: See photos from the four-part “heroes vs. aliens” crossover

“It basically gives us license to do whatever we want and to show some things that we’ll never be able to show on the show, to have some characters interact that will never be able to interact on the show again (probably). There was a very therapeutic moment for my character in the episode towards the end where I get to say goodbye to people that I never got the chance to say goodbye to. When you mix that together with the idea of doing a 100th episode, and the sense of accomplishment that came with that – which was much greater than I ever anticipated it would be.”

“People ask me all the time, put the past five years in perspective in terms of…we started as one show, we are now four shows in a universe that has developed on a network. I never have the ability to see the macro of what we’ve done, because I’m always in the weeds so much. But there was really a moment on the 100th episode where I took a deep breath and was like ‘this is really cool.’ We went around and looked at all the different people that have been there since the beginning and shared stories and it was very, very cool.”

Don’t miss the 100th episode of ARROW (and part 3 of the four-part crossover) tonight (November 30) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s A Crossover!!!


The CW gets even more epic this week with the touted 4-night crossover that coincides with ARROW’s 100th episode on Wednesday.

SUPERGIRL kicks off the event tonight which will see heroes and aliens face off and a few dead people showing up in the Flarrowverse. Whether this is an alternate timeline, a timeline reset resulting from a LEGENDS OF TOMORROW timejump or another reality-altering event remains to be seen.

Supergirl joins THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW to fight an old Justice League foe, The Dominators. Bringing the four teams together will rival the Justice League in size and epic scope.

Since 1967, the alien race from the outer cosmos has traveled throughout time in DC Comics to wreak havoc on Earth and other worlds from the 20th century through the 31st. One of their targets is the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century, the team that Mon-El (Chris Wood) is destined to join in the future.

The evil aliens often have Mengele-like proclivities and have touched the lives of many characters shared by the Flarrowverse and DC Comics, including Snapper Carr and Maxwell Lord.

The Dominators often tend to be interested in how the metagene of metahumans work, which should land them the motherload during the 4-night crossover.


ARROW/LEGENDS OF TOMORROW executive producer Marc Guggenheim states that “cutting-edge prosthetics and computer effects” are used for the Dominators “to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.” (Comic book art above.)

But before this week’s big bad barrels onto the scene, SUPERGIRL must face problems a little closer to home. Eliza (Helen Slater) comes to town to spend Thanksgiving with Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh), Mon-El, James (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan).

The holiday is rife with secrets. James and Winn must decide if they want to tell Kara that James is also The Guardian.

Alex considers telling her mother that she is gay and possibly headed toward a relationship with National City Police Detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima).

Kara must decide who she tells that she saw Jeremiah (Dean Cain) alive and imprisoned at CADMUS.

Will the folks at CADMUS be carving turkey with their families? Unlikely. Lillian Luthor’s (Brenda Strong) bad guy team has been cooking up another dish for the holidays…a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity.

Given the potential repercussions to Mon-El, J’onn (David Harewood), herself and others, Kara enlists an unexpected ally, Lillian’s daughter, Lena (Katie McGrath) to fight the evil consortium.

Also on the canvas tonight are Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) from THE FLASH who come to SUPERGIRL’s earth to seek help from the Dominator invasion on their world.

Will the breach of the space-time continuum the reason that Laurel Lance is seen in the photo gallery (below) wearing a wedding dress? Or is something in the past altered when the Legends go back in time to face The Dominators?

Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Jessica Queller & Derek Simon.

See a photo gallery and extended preview about the crossover for more!

The super-crossover begins tonight on SUPERGIRL at 8:00 p.m. on The CW and continues Tuesday through Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

The CW Releases an Extended Preview for the ARROW, FLASH, SUPERGIRL and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Crossover


Aliens are coming! The four-show CW/DC crossover finds our heroes fighting a hostile alien force named The Dominators.

In a new extended preview, Lila indicates that A.R.G.U.S. may have known about this alien race for a while. What’s clear is that these aliens most definitely do not “come in peace”. With Dominator ships appearing across the world, Iris makes it clear that this is not a threat Barry can face alone. Fortunately he won’t have to, because he’s about to get some help from his superhero friends.

Related: See photos from the DC shows crossover

The preview also contains a hint as to what could lead into the 100th episode of ARROW (which takes place during this crossover). In that episode we see Oliver waking up to a life where he never got on the Queen’s Gambit. Could his presence in an alien pod cause him to hallucinate this alternate reality?

The CW-DC crossover kicks off on Monday, November 28 with SUPERGIRL beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

CW-DC Crossover Photos: A Wedding on ARROW, Supergirl on THE FLASH and More

The CW is gearing up for a four night crossover extravaganza this year, starting with SUPERGIRL and ending with LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. The CW has released photos now for the episodes, which you can view above.

Here’s what you can expect from the episodes:

SUPERGIRL (November 28): Eliza (guest star Helen Slater) comes to town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters. Alex (Chyler Leigh) decides it’s time to come out to her mother; Kara (Melisa Benoist) is shocked when Eliza suggests Mon-El (Chris Wood) has feelings for her, and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and James (Mehcad Brooks) consider telling Kara the truth about the Guardian. Meanwhile, CADMUS unleashes a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity so Kara enlists an unexpected ally – Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). The epic superhero crossover kicks off tonight when Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (guest star Carlos Valdes) seek Kara’s help with an alien invasion on their Earth.

THE FLASH (November 29): When aliens called the Dominators attack Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) speeds over to Star City to ask the Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) for help in stopping them. Realizing the battle against the Dominators is bigger than they thought, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow, and Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) create a breach to bring back a secret weapon – Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist). Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust. Meanwhile, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to join the battle against the aliens but Iris (Candice Patton) tells him he’s not ready.

ARROW (November 30): Oliver (Stephen Amell) wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen’s Gambit. Robert (guest star Jamey Sheridan) and Moira Queen (guest star Susanna Thompson) are alive and well. Laurel (guest star Katie Cassidy) is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist).

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (December 1): After learning the Dominators’ plan for the world, the Legends must work together with The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) and Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) to kill them once and for all. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) figures out, with the help of others, how the team can terminate the Dominators, but is distracted by the aberration he realizes he created in 1987.

The CW-DC crossover kicks off on Monday, November 28 with SUPERGIRL beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

ARROW: The Cast Teases Tonight’s Episode and the Introduction of ‘Vigilante’


Oliver and Team Arrow will be meeting a new crime fighter in this week’s episode. Vigilante is the alter-ego of D.A. Adrian Chase in the comics, but we’re not entirely sure if the show will follow the same origins.

During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, the cast teased Vigilante’s introduction to the show.

The Introduction of Vigilante. Josh Segarra (D.A. Adrian Chase) teased that “I don’t want to say too much, because I’m actually really excited to surprise everybody. We get to meet Vigilante. What’s been important to me is that when I watch something that’s based off literary script, I’m excited to see the parts that I imagined in my head the most. So when I started reading the Vigilante comics, there were of course parts that I was just, “Oh, my God, I hope I get to do this! Or I hope I get to go down on this road!” And so far I’m getting to do a lot of those things. Episode 7, when you finally meet Vigilante, it’s a pretty exciting time, I think, for Chase and for the Vigilante.” While we don’t know if Chase will be Vigilante, we do know that the D.A. will be branching out more, according to Segarra. “I was dying to meet other characters, too. I was like, ‘Dude, Steve, you’re cool and all, but come on, where’s Ramsey over here?’ Yeah, Chase starts getting involved a little bit more into the rest of the world. So right now, getting to meet some important folks, and you’ll see where he sits later on.”

Oliver’s Mirror. Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) described the introduction of Vigilante as a mirror for Oliver. “Vigilante is another episode — you know, we have a lot of these episodes — where it’s kind of Oliver holding up a mirror a little bit. And seeing whether or not what he is doing is having an impact. And the thing that I like about the episode is that he learns that even if it’s not going as quickly as he wants, there’s still…they really are on the right path. I mean, I spoke a lot at the 100th episode party about how this isn’t the happiest that Oliver has ever been, but this is the most resolute and confident that he has been in his path. That Vigilante episode is another opportunity for him to learn that and become more resolute.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW tonight (November 16) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

ARROW: Stephen Amell on Oliver’s Love Life, Susan Williams Digging into His Past and More


It’s a whole new world for Oliver on season 5 of ARROW. The former billionaire has a new team, a new job (as Mayor of Star City) and a new problem: someone might discover his past off the island.

During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, star Stephen Amell spoke to journalists about what’s to come next for Oliver, including a possible new romance, the discovery of his secrets and how we should look at Oliver in season 5.

Uncovering the Past. We’ve seen that reporter Susan Williams has an inkling that Oliver didn’t really spend those five years on a “hellish island”. Will she continue to dig into his past and reveal his secrets? “It hasn’t really happened yet, but where they go is interesting. Susan appears to be up to no good, but, you know, in reality she’s just following a very interesting story. The Mayor of the town where she is a news reporter was clearly not on island for five consecutive years, which — by the way, I feel like it’s about time we did that. I mean, I always think back to the first Nolan BERMAN where I think it’s Ra’s al Ghul that says ‘the world is too small a place for someone like Bruce Wayne to disappear’. Theoretically Oliver Queen was sort of…you know, even if he wasn’t as famous — and he wasn’t — he did perish in a very famous incident within our story. I always thought when he was in Hong Kong that someone would stop him and be like ‘you look like Oliver Queen’, but no. So I’m glad that it’s happening.”

Two New Faces. Two actresses are joining the show in season 5 in a recurring capacity. The first is Juliana Harkavy, who plays Tina Boland. Amell said that “Tina is a character that the team tracks down who is operating in another city.” We’ll first get a glimpse of her in 2017. Meanwhile, Lexa Doig is joining the cast as Talia al Ghul….Ra’s al Ghul’s other daughter (we’ve already met Nyssa). Amell hinted that “Talia is….we learn about her before we meet her. And she is, I think, our gateway to really accelerating the flashback storyline and buttoning up that list that I spoke about earlier.”

The End of Oliver and Felicity? The “Olicity” pair broke up last season and we’ve seen that Felicity scored herself a new beau in season 5. This was something she only recently told Oliver about, but Amell doesn’t think his character was particularly upset by the news. “I thought that Oliver was fine, if not slightly confused that Felicity didn’t tell him that she was dating someone. I wasn’t actually a huge fan of the idea that she wouldn’t say something because of all the reasons that their relationship fell apart last year, which was secrets being kept. So to me when I played those scenes tonight, it was just like, hey, we work together so if you’re keeping anything from me, anything, why? Is it because you don’t trust me? And if you don’t trust me, is that a problem? So to me, it was really about getting to the source of what her issue was. It was less about Oliver. It was more about, are we okay? Are we good?”

So does that signal the end for the couple? Well, for now at least. In fact, Oliver might get himself a new girlfriend. After all, Susan Williams seems particularly interested in the Mayor, and not just for news reasons. “I don’t know if he’s ready to move on, but it’s time for Oliver to have another relationship. We had a moment earlier this year and I was speaking with Wendy Mericle and I was like, ‘look, guys, there’s two things that we’re no longer allowed to write about Oliver: we’re no longer allowed to call him a billionaire because he’s been broke for three years. Not broke, but not a billionaire; he lost his family fortune. So not allowed to say billionaire anymore.’ I said, ‘currently, we’re not allowed to say playboy. He’s dated one woman since Season 2 and he had a fling with Isabel Rochev, that’s it.’ I’m like, ‘stop writing playboy. If you’d like him to be a playboy, then by all means, start writing him like one and then we can do it.’ I’ve had a couple of scenes with Carly [Pope] who’s doing a great job as Susan Williams and I do think that there will be some exploration of a certain element of romance between the two of them, and I hope that people enjoy it because I’ve found it to be really dynamic so far.”

Watch our interview with Amell below and don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW tonight (November 16) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

(Note about the video below: the interview took place on November 2, so any mention of “tonight’s episode” means the episode that aired that week)