There’s been a lot of talk about the tone of the upcoming fourth season of Arrow: will it be lighter, will characters spend less time crying, will it suck less as compared to season three? Fair questions, and one of the show’s key executive producers offers an answer in a recent interview. Now there are a lot of balls up in the air for Arrow’s fourth season: the fate of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and his company Palmer Technology (nee Queen Consolidated), how this season will look backward for inspiration, and does Oliver’s flashback trip to Coast City mean a close encounter with another emerald themed hero?
In an interview with EW, executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed the new, lighter Arrow, except it seems that he’s indicating that one should not expect a more sunnier Flash-like disposition of the show. Instead, the show’s just going to reset a little.
“Ever since Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) came to town around, the show has been on this very, very dark path, leading to Sara’s (Caity Lotz) death and the culmination of season 3,” Guggenheim said. “Our goal was to return the show more in the tone of the first season-and-a-half.
“It still feels like Arrow, but at the same time, Oliver’s got a new outlook on life. We’re driving conflict to the show in ways that we never would have in the first three years. So it still feels like Arrow, but it’s a different take on the show.”
In other news, you may recall that Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) was made the CEO of Palmet Technologies, a position she’ll be forced to take up now that Ray is “dead” or shrunk is more likely. So far as Felicity the business woman is concerned, Guggenheim said she will face “unexpected challenges,” and the storyline will give them a “chance to really show a different side of Felicity.”
Speaking of other sides, Thea (Willa Holland) will face a familiar problem in trying to balance “a personal life with being a superhero,” following a similar problem her big brother had to deal with in season one “trying to keep his secret identity secret on the show.”
And since the season four flashbacks will take place in Coast City, many comic book fans are curious as to whether or not Green Arrow’s comic book BFF and Coast City resident Green Lantern might appear at some point. According to Guggenheim, there will be some references, and “there may or may not be a ring in the season premiere.”
Arrow season four debuts Wednesday October 7 at 8 pm on the CW.