Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle Talk Arrow Season 4 Premiere


Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle who are the executive producers and writers for Arrow, spoke exclusively to Variety on the big events of the season 4 premiere of The CW television series.

Grave Threats: In the shared, superheroic world of “Arrow” and “The Flash,” deaths don’t always stick — especially with the introduction of the Lazarus Pit — but the producers insist that whoever’s in that grave at the end of the premiere is staying there.

“It’s not a fake-out. That’s not how we roll,” Guggenheim insisted. “It’ll feel organic and very earned. It’s actually very elegant.”

“They will stay dead,” Mericle promised.” We want to bring stakes back to the show, and so we’ll be finding a way to handle the Lazarus Pit portion in Season 4 in a new, inventive way that I can’t reveal. But it’ll be cool.”

The death will occur in six months within the world of the show, but the producers declined to give specifics about where in the season that will land, only that it will happen before the finale. “There will be time afterwards but we’re not going to tell you when it’s going to happen because that would actually really be a real big spoiler, because then you’re just waiting for it to happen: ‘Oh, it’s episode X.’ We’re not going to say when episode X is,” Guggenheim laughed.

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