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ARROW: Marc Guggenheim on the ‘Lone Gunman’ Reveal

October 24, 2012 by  

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the ARROW episode, “Lone Gunman.” If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it now and then come back to see what executive producer Marc Guggenheim had to say about what’s next.]

Well, Oliver Queen managed to keep his secret identity a secret for a little under three episodes.

In Wednesday’s episode of ARROW, “Lone Gunman,” Oliver’s reluctant bodyguard, Diggle, was shot with a poisoned bullet — thanks, Deadshot! — so Oliver was forced to take the dying man to his at-that-point secret Arrow headquarters to fix up an antidote. And when Diggle woke up, he saw his client dressed as his other persona.

Yep, boys and girls, the show went there: Oliver’s secret is now officially out to one person. And having someone know what Oliver is really up to will amp up the story, executive producer Marc Guggenheim told reporters late last month.

“I think that’s where the story comes in, that’s where we get a lot of drama,” he noted. “Oliver is forced to start to see his own actions through other people’s eyes. Every story has to have an effect on Oliver. When we’re in the writers room and we’re thinking of a new episode, we always start with what’s Oliver’s emotional journey for the episode? Where does he start, where does he finish?”

And, as you might expect, Diggle isn’t going to just quietly accept this and go on with business as normal.

“And you’ll start to see very early on how [Diggle] starts to effect a change on Oliver,” Guggenheim said. “And that has ripple effects throughout the series…He calls a spade a spade.”

Are you excited someone else knows Oliver’s secret now? And is anyone else utterly delighted by the thought of Diggle now trying to keep up with Oliver and Arrow?

ARROW airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on The CW.


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