Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim Talks Series Finale And The Biggest Debates In The Writers’ Room

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Arrow has officially took its final bow. With it brings the end to one of the most influential television series of all time, you can read our recap for it here.

Needless to say, fans have a lot of questions following the series. Speaking with EW, series co-creator and consulting producer Marc Guggenheim talked the finale amongst other things.

The hardest part of the episode was the one that sent most fans into tears, the eulogy that Digg (David Ramsey) gave for Oliver (Stephen Amell) at his funeral.

“I’m proud of Diggle’s eulogy. That was hard to write but really fun to have written. You know, television history is replete with series finales that didn’t stick the landing, and I kind of feel like this one does.”

One surprising move for the finale’s start was the faux documentary style (which the series did with “Emerald Archer”), Guggenheim said it was to catch audience up on the present post-Crisis without, you know, an exposition dump.

“And the moment I saw that it solved a huge problem that we were wrestling with, which was: How do we basically tell the Arrow audience what happened in “Crisis” without it being overly expositional and relying on you to have seen “Crisis”? Showing it as opposed to telling it was checked off a huge box, obviously.”

Guggenheim also shared a couple of big debates in the writers’ room over the years.

“I would say in season 4, the concept of the flash-forward — knowing that there was going to be a character who is dying, [and] whether or not to even do that was a subject of debate. Who was in the box was a subject of debate. You know, we debated a lot whether or not to kill Moira at the end of season 2, in large part because we just love writing for Susanna [Thompson] so much.”

Guggenheim wrapped by saying a thank you to those who have stuck by Arrow over the past eight seasons.

“I’m very just appreciative of all the people who have supported this show. It’s gotten incredible support from the studio, the network. You know, everyone involved with the production has worked really given their all. We’ve always said, “This has never been an easy show to do,” and it’s always been a show where everyone involved is tap-dancing on the stage as hard as they can to get the sailors to throw money. And the sailors themselves, the fans, have really been amazing. Look, it’s obviously a very complicated fandom. There are some people who, quite frankly, are very rude and nasty, but they are a very small minority of people. They are also really eclipsed by the exponentially more number of fans who are just positive and gracious — not just to us, but to each other. I interact with them at comic book conventions, and they kept the flame alive. They’ve kept the show going and they’ve inspired us to keep the show going, and I’m really grateful to them.”

Arrow is available to stream on Netflix.

Bec Heim
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