Arrow will have two big bads in the second season according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim. “They’ll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We’re really excited about both of them.”
In an interview recently with TV Guide, the executive producer also revealed that Malcolm Merlyn had inspired the direction of the second season.
“We made no secret of the fact that we subscribe to the Whedonesque model of having a big bad, and in Season 2, we’ll actually have two big bads,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells TVGuide.com. “They’ll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We’re really excited about both of them.”
Interestingly enough, Malcolm Merlyn has inspired the direction of the second season. “With Malcolm and the Dark Archer, we sort of had two big bads in one person,” he says. “In Season 2, we’re going to split them up essentially, and there will be a Malcolm-esque big bad and a Dark Archer-esque big bad.”
Naturally, fans of the Green Arrow comics may guess that Deathstroke will be the Dark Archer-esque villain of Season 2, with Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) destined to put on that infamous mask. Running the theory past Guggenheim, he responds, “If the question of Season 1 is, ‘What happened to Oliver on that island?’ The question of Season 2 is, ‘What happened to Slade Wilson on that island?'”
You can read the rest of the interview here.