Arrow's explosive third season comes to an end tonight with "My Name Is Oliver Queen", airing at 8 PM ET on The CW Network. Ever since surviving his fight with Ra's Al Ghul (Matthew Nable) in the midseason finale, Oliver (Stephen Amell) has been slowly going down a path that leads him to becoming the new Ra's al Ghul himself as a member of the League of Assassins. While fans impatiently await tonight's episode, I had the chance to speak with executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who shed some light on this important season finale.
The fact that the Arrow finale is called "My Name Is Oliver Queen" could be quite telling in and of itself, since Oliver has been in training with the League of Assassins, and has been going under the name Al Sah-him. The finale has been called shocking and explosive and plenty of other superlatives over the past few days, so I asked the executive producer how this finale would help set the table for Arrow Season 4. Here's what he had to say, teasing a bigger story line for an up and coming villain.
"That's a great question. It's interesting because, I don't mean to talk out of both sides of my mouth here, but I'm trying to be honest. The episode really does feel like the culmination of three seasons, and it plays a lot like a series finale. That said, we are already hard at work on Season 4, and there are some very specific ideas and characters, like Damien Dark, who are seeded in the season finale. While it should feel very much like a definitive ending, there's a lot of stuff that's going to carry over from the season finale to Season 4."
Ra's al Ghul mentioned in a previous episode that, before he truly became Ra's, there was another named Damien Dark who thought he was the true heir to the Demon. Since there is not supposed to be any competition, Ra's was tasked with eliminating Damien Dark, but Ra's hesitated, which allowed him to escape, an act which has haunted Ra's ever since. This Damien Dark has never been seen yet, but it's possible we'll get our first glimpse of him in "My Name Is Oliver Queen", and it seems clear that he will certainly have a major role to play next season. How will Arrow close out its third season tomorrow? Be sure to let us know your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more on the fourth season of Arrow, slated to debut this fall on The CW.