Arrow at Comic Con: Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle Preview Season 4


One of the biggest shows on The CW and one of the most important series in the comic book television genre right now is Arrow. As you may have seen at last week’s San Diego Comic-Con, the upcoming fourth season of Arrow is going to be a brighter and different year for the show, as Oliver begins his transition from the Arrow into the Green Arrow. Currently, Arrow has two co-showrunners: Marc Guggenheim and the recently promoted Wendy Mericle, who has been on the Arrow writing staff since Season 1.

TVOvermind was fortunate enough participate in the Arrow Press Room at San Diego Comic-Con with other news outlets at roundtables, where stars and producers from the show discussed what is coming up in Season 4. Guggenheim and Mericle were two the people we got to talk to, and you watch our entire interview with them below. Here are some highlights:

When asked about the fourth season’s brighter tone and how it will be done: “Oliver is in a happier place at the end of Season 3, and we are going to start in that same place in Season 4. I really think that’s what’s driving the difference in tone. We are basically going to allow Oliver and the team to explore what it’s like to see Oliver in a really different place. He came back from the island, and he was a different man. It was always talked about him having PTSD, and it was basically like a solider coming back from war. Now he is with Felicity, he is happy, and you see a brightening tone and a little more humor in the show. It’s really more a reflection of where he is emotionally rather than anything else.”

What Damien Darhk’s role as a big bad will be like this season: “We are very excited about Damien, obviously, with the casting of Neal McDonough, and we are excited because he is a completely new kind of villain. We have never seen [that type of villain] on the show before, and we are going to be exploring elements and powers that are not meta-humans, but still completely new to the show. He is menacing and terrifying, and we are bringing him in from the beginning. That’s one of the things that we are most excited about is that we are starting out with a bang. We are hoping the premiere feels like a finale, and we are starting with our big bad coming out of the gate super-scary and super-quick.”

Arrow Season 4 begins on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. on The CW. Stay tuned for more roundtable videos of the cast and producers in the next few days right here at TVOvermind.

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