EXCLUSIVE: A Look Ahead To ARROW Season Two With EP Andrew Kreisberg

What's happening in Season Two of The CW's Arrow? When does filming begin? New suit? Will the show be at this year's Comic Con? Will Oliver (Stephen Amell) be called Green Arrow in Season Two?

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By Mark Julian - 5/15/2013
Earlier this week, The CW gave CBM the opportunity to speak with Arrow Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg ahead of tonight's Season Finale. For the most past, the conversation focused on what's to come in Season Two and on a few burning questions that have been asked around these parts and on Twitter. Read on to find out details about when filming on Season Two begins, whether Oliver will get a new costume, the possibility of a Ted Kord cameo and more.






Mark Julian: First off, congrats on all the success. Would you say the show has exceeded expectations or was it the goal from Day 1 to be The CW's most watched show?

Andrew Kreisbeg: I think the expectations for us were to just make the best show possible and we're really proud and the fact that the audience has embraced it is really the icing on the cake. But I don't think we set out to do anything other than create a show that people would enjoy and that we would be proud of.


Mark Julian: Looking ahead to Wednesday, how would you best describe the Season Finale?

Andrew Kreisbeg: I would describe it as an emotional roller coaster. It really is a culmination of the season, there are things in it that hark back to the pilot and episodes two and three. It really feels like the end of a comic book run, it's really the final chapter of series one. It answers all the questions that were asked in season one and asks a bunch on new ones that will take us into Season Two. We shot it for more days than the average episode and spent more money on it than the average episode. Episode 22 [could be] the season finale of any other show, Wednesday's episode really feels like a movie.


Mark Julian: Looking back over the first season, the show's strength really lies within the relationship between two individual characters, Oliver and Tommy, Tommy and Laurel, Roy and Thea, etc. etc. Which of those relationships do you find most interesting to write?

Andrew Kreisbeg: Probably the most fun to write is Oliver and Felicity just because she's hilarious. Sometimes when we write those scenes they end up being three or four pages long, I can do that all day. I really like writing Oliver and Dig. I think they're both veterans of wars who came through their dark experiences in very different places. One day Oliver is the teacher and Dig is the student and the next Dig is the teacher and Oliver is the student, they're brothers, they squabble like brothers and love each other like brothers. There's respect and anger and love- their relationship is just filled with everything so for me I think, those scenes were some of the most exciting to have written all season long.


Mark Julian: I recently read that the executive producer team gave the writers a summer reading assignment in the form of Batman: The Cult. Is that an inspiration for Season Two? Andrew says not necessarily.

Andrew Kreisbeg: We've encouraged everyone to read as much DC Comics stuff as they can. 'The Cult' is a personal favorite of mine and we're really excited to pull some bits of that for Season Two.


Mark Julian: When do you guys start filming on Season Two?

Andrew Kreisbeg: I think we start filming in July. I'm not sure when we'll premiere, that's obviously up to The CW but yeah, July pretty much the same time we started last year.


Mark Julian: Speaking of July, will you guys be at Comic Con?

Andrew Kreisbeg: Yes, we will. I think we're going to start filming before Comic Con so hopefully we'll be able to bring a little something to show the fans. That boost we got from Comic Con and the way people embraced us last year and embraced the pilot was a great jolt of energy for us and for the show. We want to reward the fans with something special again this year.


Mark Julian: Is it possible that we'll see Manu Bennet's Slade Wilson in present day Starling City in Season Two?

Andrew Kreisbeg: There's always a chance.


Mark Julian: Speaking of Season Two cameos, we had a Ted Kord Easter Egg recently on Arrow. Any chance we'll actually see Kord himself next season?

Andrew Kreisbeg: There's no definitive plans but DC has been really great about opening their roster to us. We never say never and obviously Ted Kord is a fan favorite. Kord Industries actually plays a role in my Booster Gold pilot over at SyFy so who knows, maybe he'll be on two shows.


Mark Julian: The next few questions come from Twitter and the fans on our site. Will Oliver ever go by his Green Arrow moniker?

Andrew Kreisbeg: Well actually Season Two finds Oliver not wanting to be called a vigilante anymore. He feels like it has a negative connotation. So the search for a new nickname will make up part of Season Two. I'm not sure we'll be calling him Green Arrow in Season Two but we'll definitely be leaning in that direction as the series moves forward.

Mark Julian: Are there going to be changes to the costume moving forward?

Andrew Kreisbeg: We're obviously heavily influenced by the Chris Nolan Batman films and we feel like in those films, as Bruce Wayne had more and more experiences, he wanted his Batsuit to reflect those experiences and we'll be doing the same thing with Oliver. You obviously saw his bow get smashed in episode 22 so he's going to have a new bow for Season Two which we're excited about.

Mark Julian: Last fan question, are you guys going to try and work in the Green Arrow trick boxing glove arrow?

Andrew Kreisbeg: I actually have a way to do that [laughs]. To me, it's the only way it could possibly work on the show. So you know, if we get to it. We'd love to because there's some of the iconic moments from the comic books that you want to do for the show but it's going to take the right set of circumstances to pull to off. But don't worry, it's definitely in my mind and if I can make it happen I will.

Mark Julian: Really quickly, on Booster Gold, should we expect any announcements at San Diego Comic Con this year?

Andrew Kreisbeg: I don't know about that. I'm finishing another draft of the script that Warner Horizon and I will be handing in to the Syfy channel and we'll have to see where it goes from there. I've been a fan of Booster since I was a kid so getting to write that character and create that world has just been a thrill. But all of us will just have to wait and see.



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Arrow (CW) Trailer by All Thats Bueno

Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: October 10, 2012
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann, Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
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Sevairity - 5/15/2013, 6:07 PM
I [frick]ING HATE SEASON FINALES!!!! I'm sad, it was so good. This is gonna be a long year until season 2.
Sevairity - 5/15/2013, 6:07 PM
Oh, and first.
ForeverPowerful - 5/15/2013, 6:10 PM
Cant wait for season 2, one of biggest cliffhangers I've seen in a long time.

ThatOneDude - 5/15/2013, 6:14 PM
I'm so pissed about Tommy!!!

He was shaping up to be the TRUE Merlyn...
GuardianAngel - 5/15/2013, 6:15 PM
So glad they didn't make Tommy 'New Archer". But they didn't have to kill him!
MBZ1993 - 5/15/2013, 6:23 PM
no questions about Hal Jordan cameo!?!?!?!?
loveturnmills - 5/15/2013, 6:25 PM
You [frick]ers have ruined it for me!
SAZMD - 5/15/2013, 6:31 PM
Arrow came through. I was afraid that nothing would be resolved until next season, but instead they closed a lot of story lines while setting up events for Season 2. I liked how the current island story line resolved, though it felt a little rushed. One of the best Season Finales I've seen in a while.
IronPatriotChowder - 5/15/2013, 6:34 PM
You little shits! You spoiled it. Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it,Spoiled it! GAHHH! GEEEAAHHHH! HUNHH,HUNNHHGRRRAHHHA!
CauseImBatman91939 - 5/15/2013, 6:38 PM
Dude its your fault for not watching it
Wingding - 5/15/2013, 6:39 PM
While watching the finale, I pooped and peed myself, threw up a little bit...and then jizzed everywhere
Logan276 - 5/15/2013, 6:40 PM
Awesome finale! Wanted more deaths though lol.
IronPatriotChowder - 5/15/2013, 6:45 PM
No man I missed it. lol I've watched the entire series. I guess i'll watch it tomorrow.
IronPatriotChowder - 5/15/2013, 6:46 PM
I thought for sure they were gonna kill Thea to set up Red arrow, I guess it would have been to obvious.
MarkJulian - 5/15/2013, 6:48 PM
If you haven't seen the finale, why click on an article that says Arrow Season Two in the title?
IronPatriotChowder - 5/15/2013, 6:48 PM
I was hoping tommy would get revenge for Oliver banging his girl right after he said he wouldn't.
Cswag12 - 5/15/2013, 6:48 PM
This episode was a brilliant season finale!!
IronPatriotChowder - 5/15/2013, 6:50 PM
@MarkJulian it says the interview was taken before the finale aired. But i came from screenrant, so i was used to no spoilers in the comments. I guess it's an adaption process.
miggyman24 - 5/15/2013, 7:12 PM
Great season 1 and the finale episode was amesome, really cant wait for season2
MJPETTY7 - 5/15/2013, 7:14 PM
I can't wait for Season Two. Season One was brilliant and the finale was incredible!!!
TheBoss117 - 5/15/2013, 7:17 PM
Great finale ep!
Mendenhall12 - 5/15/2013, 7:21 PM
One heck of a season finale for a hell of first season. Had a Batman Begins feel to it. Wish it wasn't over. Can't wait for season 2.
jlabatman - 5/15/2013, 7:48 PM
Loved this show and cannot wait for season 2! Was hoping when Dinah was caught in the building, somehow she was going to scream and shatter some windows, but not such luck!
thewonderer - 5/15/2013, 7:49 PM
Oh my god. One of the best season finales in the history of television.

This show went from okay to my current favorite show of all time. I LOVE Breaking Bad, I LOVE Game of Thrones, and I won't dare say this is better made....but OH MY GOD YS YES SO MUCH WIN.

EVERY CHARACTER WAS IMPORTANT AND AMAZING AND EPIC MERLYN VS. GREEN ARROW

God I love this show so much. Its fan [frick]ing tastic. CAN'T WAIT FOR SEASON 2. So great, so satisfied. YES YES YES YES
niceguyeddie - 5/15/2013, 7:59 PM
Did anyone else notice the plane that almost got shot down said "Ferris"? Has that been referenced before?
WhoDaFoo - 5/15/2013, 8:02 PM
Accidentally read the comments...I live in the west coast. Ugh they killed Tommy?
batesmotel - 5/15/2013, 8:10 PM
Watching the season finale after missing more than half the season. I dont know what the [frick] is going on.
soforizo - 5/15/2013, 8:11 PM
That finale was definitely bad ass. Lots of unexpected shit! Thought that the producers would indeed let detective Lance die or maybe Diggle (long shot). I never would've imagined that they would let Tommy to die, thought that they'd go with the more predictable Harry Osbourne route.

Funny, I was lamenting the expected death of John Barrowman's character, so if it means that Malcolm survives instead of his son (and the love triangle). Awesome!!!
thejfather1 - 5/15/2013, 8:20 PM
Ok, now that ive finished season 1, i can say that this show is actually really good. It seemed kinda cheesy at first, but it grew on me, and im really looking forward to season 2.

1. Game of thrones
2. Breaking Bad
3. Korra (got a soft spot for avatar, the nostalgia is strong with this one
4. Arrow

Thats how i think my list goes, even though i liked dexter and prison break and sons of anarchy and Dragonball z, so im not quite sure
soforizo - 5/15/2013, 8:22 PM
Funny reading some of the comments about the spoilers. I avoided this article before seeing the episode precisely because I expected there would be spoilers.

Would be nice if a spoilers tag was added now, but it seems redundant to be honest. It says 'a look ahead to Season Two' for heavens sake!
Optimus83 - 5/15/2013, 8:24 PM


I WANT BATMAN CAMEO IN ARROW TV SERIES. ...
soforizo - 5/15/2013, 8:32 PM
@Optimus83

Nah keep Batman out. The most I could deal with him would be for a young Bruce Wayne to show up in a small scene, that's it.
LoudLon - 5/15/2013, 8:37 PM
Two words: SPOILER WARNING. Assholes.

Actually, no, I blame myself. I should have known better than to think some of you douches could keep your [frick]ing mouths shut.
Jhuntdaprodigy - 5/15/2013, 8:39 PM
Excellent season finale, I like how it actually wrapped up most of the plot, while still leaving some things for Season 2 to open up with. If this was the end of Arrow right now, we could use deductive reasoning to figure out how every one ended up, but it still leaves plenty of room for them to actually flesh all that out once it happens. I figured Malcolm would die, I didn't see Tommy coming though; I was sure he would slip further into evil and become an even more dangerous Merlyn/Dark Archer, which would have been awesome but also tragic to see because I wanted him to stay good. Now for all we know, the show could debut next season with it turning out he's not really dead, finding out Oliver lied about whether he killed Malcolm or not, gets pissed off again, and kills everyone. We though Deadshot was dead when he wasn't, it's possible, but I honestly would be happy with the character's arc if he stayed dead.
lonecrow44 - 5/15/2013, 8:49 PM
It was awesome. Oliver is turning a corner that is going to make him way more of a bad ass. Everyone hope that Man of Steel takes off. If it does I think that the DC Universe will really take epic shape. The only way that they will not be "copying" Marvel is if they incorporate the characters of the Universe into T.V. and big screen. They are setting up for something really cool. Fingers crossed. This is an awesome way to portray one of my favorite heroes of all time.
gmoney0505 - 5/15/2013, 8:50 PM
So where is the poll for tonight's episode at? Come on editor's!
gmoney0505 - 5/15/2013, 8:56 PM
More Arrow Action then


SuperAwesomeBadassness - 5/15/2013, 9:01 PM
Arrow's finale = badassery!
CharacterAssassin - 5/15/2013, 9:02 PM
Good isht. Finale left on a good note. All the characters put on a great show.
IronPatriotChowder - 5/15/2013, 9:09 PM
Cuban shut up, like 7 people had the same reaction I did to being spoiled, the people who spoiled IM3 are douschehats, nothing else. There is no excuse for spoiling shit.
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