Warning: This story contains big spoilers from season 6 final of Arrow . Read at your own risk.
The hero was arrested. The show's moral center was killed. The bad guy was gone. Overall, Team Arrow was launched on Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) who threatened to kill Laurel (Katie Cassidy) unless Mayor Lance (Paul Blackthorne) ordered the FBI to leave Star City. After a follow-up to meet a deal that went bad, an angry Diaz goes to shoot Laurel, but Lance goes in front of the gun instead and takes a bullet in the intestine.
Team Arrow is just in time to prevent Diaz from taking a dead shot, with Oliver (Stephen Amell) finally getting the world over Diaz in a roof terrace. But a distraught Laurel blows Diaz out of the roof with his canary cry, which inadvertently lets Diaz escape. That's right, the season is big bad refugees to live another day. His strengths are felt after the end of the season, but it mentioned that he has worked with Longbow Hunters so he is not completely alone.
Back at the hospital, Oliver finally revealed how he got the FBI to help: He is going to admit he is the green arrow and then turn to the police's custody. As everyone argues against it, the doctor will reveal that Lance has died ̵
Now that Oliver is in jail and Diaz is in the wind, what happens to Star City? EW turned to executive producer Marc Guggenheim to find out:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the decision to kill Quentin?
MARC GUGGENHEIM: Well, that was a really hard decision when we killed the character on the show. But it's funny, when I hit the special battle of Greg [Berlanti] he said, "Wow, I'll really miss him", but he made the point that the show has always had some sort of trance game -like elements in it the meaning that no one is sure. It has always been a part of the show. We have not killed a character in a season finale since season 1. But basically, the reason was that we did it, some kind of two-sided. We really felt we had come to the end of Lance's story, but first of all, when we kill a character, it's always okay, what's this for us? What history does it lead to excite us? The idea that Diaz is responsible for Lance's death has major implications for Laurel's character and her story. It really fascinated us when we began to talk about where Laurel led during season 7. As has been the case with all other deaths on the show, we begin to be happy about the consequences and start to be excited about the stories that death leads to its own driving force. It was hard. Paul has been with us from the beginning, he is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is just a class action. I really enjoy Paul in the last six years. It was the right time, and the right way, and the right story to tell at the moment.
Oliver has been in prison. These consequences seem quite irreversible. What was your goal here? How dangerous will it be to him in prison?
From the start of season 6, we talked a lot about the show that went into their sixth year, a lot of six-season shows, and what is necessary for the long-term vitality of the show. We were very determined to rock the show out of their comfort zone. I think you started seeing it by design at the end of season 6. We started playing in format, we had the episode All-Dragon, we had the episode where Oliver is faint and hallucinated. We wanted to come out of our traditional ways of telling history. I mean, frankly, even the structure of the season finale is very unconventional to us. Usually, the climatic struggle with this year's "big bad" happens with Act 5 and then Act 6 is all wrap-up. This year, the climatic battle between Oliver and Diaz took place in Act 4. So we are looking for different ways to shake up the show and do things differently.
Between Oliver's development and prison, his secret identity becomes public, they were very destined to shake the show so that in season 7, the show must be fundamentally different. There is no way to go back to the status quo. It was very exciting for us, because there is probably a very safe conventional way to do Arrow where each episode is the villain of the week and each episode is similar. Probably, that version can be very successful, but it was not something I think the authors and cast are particularly interested in doing. We are always holding the show forward and developing and trying to push new boundaries. We are very familiar with the fact that not only is we in our sixth, now gong into the seventh season, we are also aware that we are the first of the pilgrims, so we feel we have things to do Arrow as the other wizards have not done yet. Identity reveals is a good example of it. None of the other shows have revealed their protagonist's secret identity with the rest of the world, so we wanted to do it first.
Oliver and Felicity finish the season on a rocky note. What's next for their marriage? Can I survive this?
I will tell you this: I have been married now 14 years old and when I make unilateral decisions my wife is not generally happy about it – and it includes the unilateral decisions that do not involve I go to prison. So I think it probably does not ruin something to say that there will be some challenges that Felicity will need to overcome in the light of Oliver who does this great, momentary move without consulting Felicity.
Ricardo Diaz got away, something you do It usually does not happen when a season ends. Why he and what can you figure out what's now when his empire has been decimated?
Yes, it was another thing we were excited about halfway through to Season 6, the idea was that another thing we've never done before or that any of the other pilgrims have done before was "Big Bad" not correct . The idea that Diaz is out as an antagonist, though he will have to work in another way because he no longer has his empire, was very exciting for us. Just as I referred to when talking about Lance's death, we really put up a rather big collision between Laurel and Diaz, and that's something very exciting. We are talking about Laurel as a fire brigade woman and I think these fireworks will be very fun to see.
It was mentioned Longbow Hunters. Will we see them next season?
I do not know I can destroy it or not ruin it. I will say this: We would be dicks if we would let go of the big name and never follow it.
Do you see Oliver as Green Arrow for good?
Well, let's proceed from the first assumptions, which is, I think it's safe to say that whole season 7 will probably not take place with Oliver in prison, so I do not think it's ruining anything to say that He will come out at some point. It never happened to me simply that when he came out he had to stop being the green arrow. I think it probably depends on the circumstances under which he eventually comes out.
Do you expect a time jump to enter next season?
It will be the traditional time jump. Each year we always make the same jump, which is five to six months depending on when our season premiere is.
Arrow returns this fall on CW.