We’re just one day away from the season finale of “Arrow,” and as we anxiously await to see the episode, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg did an interview over at Green Arrow TV, where he shares some details about what we can expect to see in the finale tomorrow. Below is a portion of the interview, and as always, beware of some spoilers in the interview about the finale.
GREEN ARROW TV: You mentioned on Twitter that the theme of the season finale is “embracing your destiny.” Can you talk about that, and does that phrase refer to more than just Oliver?
ANDREW KREISBERG: It refers to just about everybody in the show. Everyone is really faced with a choice about who they’re going to be, and for Oliver, all season long, it’s been a question of “am I a hero or am I a killer?” For Thea, she’s certainly presented with two paths before her. “Am I Oliver’s sister, or am I Malcolm’s daughter?” Sara, “Am I the Black Canary, or am I one of Ra’s al Ghul’s minions?” Everyone is faced with this choice in this giant, epic battle, and while the show is probably as big as anything we’ve ever done in terms of scale, in terms of action, and in terms of visual effects, it also has these small little moments that are just pure emotion of the people that hopefully the audience have come to really care about over the course of these past two seasons, as they make these fateful decisions about which way their lives are going to go.
GREEN ARROW TV: There’s been a lot of effort to cure Roy, even though he has done some horrible things while on Mirakuru. If Slade were to be cured, could be he redeemable himself or is he too far gone?
ANDREW KREISBERG: I think that’s one of the interesting things that the finale explores. Slade actually has a line in the finale where he says “you think I hate you because of the Mirakuru?” Yes, the Mirakuru obviously unhinged him, and yes, it allowed him to so subsume his moral center, that he was willing to essentially destroy the city just to make Oliver suffer. But at the end of the day, I think there are some very human emotions, and I think when people lose someone that they love, they’re looking for somebody to blame, and unfortunately, all of his rage and anger went right on to Oliver.
We always try to base everything in emotion, and we never wanted it to be the situation where if Slade could just get the cure, he would suddenly go “Oh! You know what? I realize you were presented with a terrible situation, and it wasn’t really your fault, and let’s go get a drink.” I think that’s one of the sad realizations for Oliver in the finale, that he’s lamented all these years, “if I had just cured him, none of this would have happened,” but the truth of the matter is, that rage that was inside Slade was not entirely sci-fi evil juice-generated.
Be sure to check out the full interview with Andrew Kreisberg over at Green Arrow TV.