Although we don't know the identity of the character who died in premiere of season 4 of Arrow, showrunner Marc Guggenheim reveals that it is not a "fake-out."
Variety and TVLine sourced some reponses from showrunner Marc Guggenheim and Executive Producer Wendy Mericle about that death in the beginning of season 4. Guggenheim told TVLine that the death is real, and fans just need to wait some before the deceased is revealed to them: "It's not a fake-out. That's not how we roll." Mericle added that this would tie in with the magical Lazarus Pit at Nanga Parbat. The very pit that gave Oliver (Stephen Amell) a second life in the mid-season finale of third chapter this year. But this does not mean that the dead person will be resuscitated in this case. "They will stay dead," Mericle confirmed.
But she further revealed that Lazarus put would gain a new dimension.
"We want to bring stakes back to the show, and so, we'll be finding a way to handle the Lazarus Pit... in a new, inventive way that I can't reveal," Mericle said. Guggenheim also added that it would not mean that they will refrain from making it a contrived development. "But it'll be cool." Adds Guggenheim: "It'll feel organic and very earned. It's actually very elegant."
Guggenheim did reveal, though, that the death will take place in six months in the Arrow storyline. The showrunner had good reason to not give away the exact episode number for the event.
"There will be time afterwards but we're not going to tell you when it's going to happen because that would actually really be a real big spoiler, because then you're just waiting for it to happen: 'Oh, it's episode X.' We're not going to say when episode X is," Guggenheim laughed.
Season 4 of Arrow premiered on Oct. 7.
The next episode, titled The Candidate, will air on Oct. 14.
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