Tonight on Arrow (The CW, 8/7c), Oliver realizes that the elusive Prometheus knows each Team Arrow member’s true identity. But that is not the only secret Oliver need worry about seeing the light of day.
After all, as established prior to the crossover episode, reporter Susan Williams (guest star Carly Pope) has reason to suspect that the onetime billionaire/onetime playboy did not spend his entire five-year “death” stranded on the island of Lian Yu, but at the very least also set foot in Russian. Will Susan dig deeper and ultimately share this news with the people of Star City? Or will she do the man she is dating a solid and run her theory by him for comment?
“Where they go is interesting,” Stephen Amell says of the Oliver/Susan relationship. “Susan appears to be up to no good, but in reality she’s just following a very interesting story. I mean, the mayor of the town … was clearly not on island for five consecutive years.”
Amell then references the first Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan, “Where I think it’s Ra’s al Ghul who says, ‘The world is too small a place for someone like Bruce Wayne to disappear.’ Even if Oliver Queen wasn’t as famous [as Bruce Wayne] — and he wasn’t — he did perish in a very famous incident within our story. I always thought when he was in Hong Kong, someone would stop him and be like, ‘You look like Oliver Queen.’ So I’m glad that [this story beat] is happening.”
Mulling Susan’s options once armed with more clues, Amell says, “Maybe she threatens [Oliver] with it, but maybe his counter is different than what we’ve seen before? I also think that it would be most interesting if Susan Williams wasn’t just a spy in the weeds, in the way that there was no redeeming quality in Isabel Rochev (played by Summer Glau), who was there to play Oliver from the beginning. Maybe Susan Williams is learning something, but concurrently, maybe her relationship with Oliver will become dynamic” as a result.
As for the secret of Team Arrow’s true identities, we had to wonder: Did the splashy ceremony led by the President of the United States at the close of the “Heroes v Aliens” crossover event run the risk of outing the very private Oliver, if not other superfriends?
Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow EP Marc Guggenheim assured us that said ceremony was “relatively private,” attended strictly by POTUS plus military and ARGUS types. Also, “It’s not televised, and everyone’s in their costumes.” And once the champagne starts popping and Oliver, Barry et al return to street clothes, “No one else is around,” Guggenheim notes. “Hopefully, we’ve sufficiently maintained their identity.”