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Arrow - Season 4 - EW Interview on lighter tone



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“Ever since Slade Wilson [Manu Bennett] came to town around [season 2, episode 15], the show has been on this very, very dark path, leading to Sara’s [Caity Lotz] death and the culmination of season 3,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “Our goal was to return the show more in the tone of the first season-and-a-half.”

With that said, the fourth season finds a much happier and carefree Oliver enjoying domesticity with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) after driving off into the sunset in the finale. “It still feels like Arrow, but at the same time, Oliver’s got a new outlook on life,” Guggenheim says. “We’re driving conflict to the show in ways that we never would have in the first three years. So it still feels like Arrow, but it’s a different take on the show.”

Meanwhile, led by Diggle (David Ramsey), Team Arrow has been “extremely adept” at keeping Star City safe — until a new threat emerges in the form of Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the leader of H.I.V.E. and sworn enemy of the former Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). “Unlike previous big bads, who were doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, there’s nothing nearly as redeeming or redemptive in Damien Darhk,” Guuggenheim says. “He’s really pure evil, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his ends.”

“We’re gonna learn that this villain has been operating in town for the past three months,” Guggenheim continues. “Team Arrow has basically been trying to keep [him] at bay, but then something happens in the season premiere that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back and it prompts Laurel [Katie Cassidy] and Thea [Willa Holland] to go find Oliver and get him to return.”
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