Arrow's Marc Guggenheim on the mystery death, paparazzi shots spoiling the big reveal

A flash forward from a funeral scene has hovered over the entire fourth season of Arrow, and the mystery death will finally be revealed in tonight’s episode. But some intrepid fans might already know who’s in that grave.

Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim told TV Line this is definitely the episode where viewers will find out who is in that grave, and teased that the episode will be a major catalyst for where the show heads in the next season. He also noted the storyline feels true to the Arrow-verse, considering the show has never been afraid to take out major characters when it serves the story.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

We started off this year with the promise of a death, and when we worked our way through our various creative choices, we realized that the thing that will give us the most pop going into the end of the season, into next season, unfortunately would be [the character]. Arrow, much more so than Flash or Legends [of Tomorrow], traffics in death. We started off the series with the apparent death of Sara Lance and the actual death of Robert Queen, and a hero who murdered people. For better or for worse, death is part of the show. And what we’re now finding is that the concept of death — as it should, by the way, when you are pushing into Season 5 – has to evolve, it has to change.”

Though most fans will be waiting until the episode fades to black to find out who, umm, fades to black — paparazzi shots from the funeral shoot gave intrepid fans who sought out those pics a pretty good guess as to who is in that grave. We won’t spoil it here, but if you want to seek those pics out, we can’t stop you. For those dead set on spoiling the show, Guggenheim had some choice words via Entertainment Weekly:

“I just look at these paparazzi as they’re ruining the party for everybody,” Guggenheim continues, stressing that the show attempts to protect their secrets with extra precautions. “Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with a cemetery, we have to go out on location,” he says. “We have to be out in the world. We can’t produce the show just on our soundstages. We have extra on-set [production assistants] patrolling. We try to put things up to block people. It does happen and it just sucks.”

Arrow airs Wednesday night on The CW.

(Via TV Line, Entertainment Weekly)

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