We can, without a doubt, tell you that the final moments of Wednesday’s episode of Arrow will have you in tears.
Executive producers Mark Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle took the time to discuss “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” and how they finally came to the decision of who to put in the grave that was teased at the beginning of the season.
While Thea (Willa Holland) and Malcolm (John Barrowman) reach a breaking point over his allegiance to Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Laurel (Katie Cassidy) faces an impossible decision and an offer she might not be able to refuse.
Meanwhile, Team Arrow must race to foil Darhk’s latest bid for power, and in the thick of the mess are the brothers Diggle. As a former member of Team Darhk, Andy’s (Eugene Byrd) loyalty is called into question, pitting Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) against one another in a battle of wills.
Unfortunately for one beloved character, the resulting controversy ends in blood. Heartbreak. And yes, death.
“Arrow, much more so than The Flash or Legends… it traffics in death,” Guggenheim says. “We started off the series with the apparent death of Sarah Lance and the actual death of Robert Queen and a hero who murdered people. For better or worse, death is part of the show.”
This particular death will no doubt hit fans hard, but any of you hoping that Arrow plans to fake us out again with another Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) situation should probably be warned not to get your hopes up.
When asked if there was any potential that this death was fake, Guggenheim firmly shut down the idea. “No, we’ve done that. We’ve done a fake death before.”
Wendy Mericle spoke on the finality of this character’s death, describing it as a reminder that even in a world full of impossibilities, death is still a reality that these characters have to face.
“I think with the Lazarus pit and the possibility of coming back, it’s easy in some ways to forget that our characters are vigilantes,” Mericle says. “They’re out on the street. They’re doing really dangerous things. What this does is it really brings that reality back in a very kind of rude and brutal way.”
Look for the rest of this interview after “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” airs Wednesday (April 6) at 7 p.m. on CW33.