You missed the Arrow panel at the Paleyfest? That was your first mistake. Thinking they would actually spoil anything regarding the upcoming episodes was your second.
Despite the fact that neither cast nor producers really revealed anything groundbreaking in the Q&A part of the panel, it was a joy to watch. Because the moment you put this group of people in a room, you’re bound to be entertained. All you really need is John Barrowman, he practically guarantees a good time.
First of all I’d like to talk about how amazing the cast looked. From Colton’s blazer over Katie’s dress back to Willa’s pantsuit (everyone else would look ridiculous wearing it, but she most definitely pulled it off) – this cast is stylish. And good-looking. But we’re talking about television so that is practically a given.
But we did get confirmation on some things we already knew:
Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to take Oliver under his wings will be the focal point of the next few episodes. “It’s an offer in name only”, says Stephen Amell. “It’s not really an offer, it’s a demand”. So Oliver does not really have a choice, he has to accept or there will be consequences for everyone on the show. Amell promises that al Ghul’s involvement in Oliver’s life brings out another side of him that we haven’t seen on the show yet.
Of course they didn’t forget about the Olicity shippers: If Oliver was ever ready for a relationship, “the object of his affections would most likely be Felicity”, explained Amell. As if we didn’t know that already. And while Felicity has emotionally distanced herself from Oliver; Emily Bett Rickards was quick to add that “she still cares deeply for him”. Those two will not be over anytime soon. Bringing in a new love interest at this point would feel very unrealistic.
Regarding the Black Canary journey Katie Cassidy said that Laurel has the “mentality of a fighter”, but clarified that it was important to show that while Laurel may be fighting in a suit now, she won’t be good at it right from the start. She has a long way to go, but she is on the right path. “As an actor, it’s been amazing. This is everything that I ever wanted and could ask for. It took a couple of years, but I definitely think it was the right way to go. It was as realistic and legitimate as possible.” Oh, sweet Katie.
Thea has been on a long journey the last two seasons, going from Thea Queen, daughter and sister to Thea Merlyn, fighter and killer. Willa Holland promised that, after learning the truth about Sara’s death, there will be awkwardness between Thea and her devious father in the upcoming episodes: “Every time he comes into the room I might just kill him.” Whether Thea will join Team Arrow or not is something that Marc Guggenheim refused to answer. Of course.
When host Aisha Tyler mentioned that everyone on the show seems to know Oliver’s secret, Paul Blackthorne was quick to jump in that it was everyone “except the detective”. But judging by the exclusive teaser that was shown before the panel (and landed online, thank you internet) that might change. We see Lance prance around the Arrow lair, Oliver and Felicity in tow. What the hell is happening here?
That seems to be the general theme of that teaser trailer. We see Roy and Thea kissing, Felicity getting hurt, a lot of boom and crash, Ray casually mentioning that he knows Oliver is the Arrow (is he pulling a Shaw, I wonder…) and is that Shado who is decidedly very dead in both past and present? I’m anxiously awaiting the next episode.
Highlights from the panel:
- Emily handing out jelly beans to everyone
- Willa licking Colton’s face
- Everyone ooh-ing over Tommy Merlyn (never forget)
- Emily talking about a tech-off. A dance-off on the computer. With fingers
- Katie and Emily being cute with each other
- Maple Syrup, Hamburger, Trivia, Ranch Dressing, Cialis and Diggle
- Barrowman and Blackthorne fighting over who gets to sleep with Mama Smoak
- Emily rapping
- A selfie that rivals the infamous Oscar selfie.
Catch a new episode of Arrow next Wednesday at 8/7C on the CW!
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