The upcoming final season of CW's Arrow is about "destiny" according to long-time executive producer Marc Guggenheim - but not just accepting it.
"All the characters are facing some version of their destiny," Guggenheim told Newsarama. "They have to react to it, confront it, and in a lot of cases rise above it."
For series star Stephen Amell, its leading his cast in taking one final bow - and he's already announced to be moving on to star in Starz' upcoming wrestling show Heels. But although Arrow is ending, Amell assures fans that the Arrowverse is not.
"It’s still the Arrowverse," Amell said. "We aren’t going away. We’re just ending our run."
"This season is going to be a tribute to all of the seasons of the show," added Katie Cassidy. "I definitely think we’ll have a little bit of everything. I also think we’ll see Laurel sort of align herself with Oliver while he fulfills his quest to save the multiverse."
What Cassidy is referring to is "Crisis on Infinite Earths" - an upcoming multi-show crossover scheduled to run in December and January. Following up on last year's "Elseworlds" event, "Crisis" features the return of Lamonica Garrett as the Anti-Monitor.
"The big bad of the crossover will, of course, be the Anti-Monitor from “Crisis on Infinite Earths," Guggenheim said. "Lamonica Garrett is going to play that role because there is no one else to play that role. Lamonica is perfect for it. We are going to see a really strong antagonist for the biggest crossover event we’ve ever done."
And something they've been teasing for a bit might come to fruitition in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" - namely, Diggle as a Green Lantern. If you think you're alone in wanting it to happen, you're not: David Ramsey is right there with you.
"If I had to put a percentage on it? I don’t know. But it better be a big payoff, guys," Diggle said. "It’s been six seasons since I’ve been talking about this. Have you seen the new costume that has come out? It’s like another nod, right? Of all the colors. He now has a green helmet, a green suit. So, yeah these things will be answered and I think you guys will be happy with it."
Guggenheim tells us that the dynamic between Amell's Oliver Queen and Grant Gustin's Barry Allen (a.k.a. the Flash) will be center-stage once again - and emphasized in this, what could be their last team-up.
"Last month I pitched the crossover to the network, and the week before that I pitched the crossover to the studio," said Guggenheim. "A big part of the pitch was basically acknowledging the fact that for all these past years in every crossover that Oliver and Barry have really been the core that have run through the crossovers, and that’s absolutely true in this year’s crossover."
One core castmember who won't appear is Emily Bett Rickards, who announced earlier this year that she was leaving the show.
"From a practical stand point, it sucks. I don’t like doing the show without Emily," Amell said.
For that and other reasons, Amell considers Arrow "the show" as having ended with her depature at the end of the last season, wich the upcoming final season something else.
"Arrow ended with 722. The show is done. Arrow the final season is like an event series so to speak," said Amell. "Like imagine that we ended with 722, then took an eight-year break, and then we came back for ten episodes. That’s what this season is like. It’s tough doing what we do without her because she’s the best, but I also think we’ll make due."
Back home in Star City, Guggenheim says there have been conversations about having Amell's Ollie finally meet his daughter, Mia Soak. While he wouldn't go so far as to confirm it'll happen, he does say it has been discussed.
"I’ll tell you this, when Stephen and I were on the set of the crossover last year we talked about how it would be a widely missed opportunity if Mia and Oliver didn’t get a chance to meet," Guggenheim said.
Juliana Harkavy, who plays Dinah Lance, hopes that her character will be able to re-attain her Black Canarary abilities.
"Somehow she would train her cry back, even though I very much love the fact that she has accepted that the cry is not what makes you the Canary. It’s what is inside of you," Harkavy said. "But selfishly, as an actor as well, I think it would be very cool for her to get that back because she got that from her greatest loss. Then to lose that again, it’s a bit of a gut punch."
"So that - and for her to decide that she is the Black Canary, even if she does remain the police captain, and to really own that," Harkavy continued. "For her to own herself and own her space, also because she did start out alone, to end with her team."
Arrow's final season begins October 15 on the CW.