Five seasons in and Rickards is still keeping it light on the set - even while rolling around on the ground. “I think Stephen really enjoys working with Emily,” Guggenheim says. And it shows! “Those two have undeniable chemistry. We’ve always written toward it, even when we were writing away from it, you know?”
Marc Guggenheim SDCC17 Interview

Marc Guggenheim was kind enough to meet with me for a one on one chat. 

We walked the floor together with his nephew and little girl (who are the cutest) for an hour and talked all things Arrow!!! He told me this is his most aggressive SDCC schedule ever, so the fact that he slotted in some time just for me really meant the world. Marc Guggenheim is the actual best. He is the definition of it.


We launched right into number one on my list: wedding.

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I’ll say this: last year, we sort of built up this new Team Arrow and when we say that the theme of Season 6 is family, we were also sort of talking about the found families of a team like Team Arrow, so I would say without spoiling anything too much, wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a team of villains to go up against our team of heroes?

Marc Guggenheim talks about how the theme of family will tie into the big villain for Season 6 [Cinemablend 07/22/2017]

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Felicity Smoak in Season 6

“There are other ways to do good in the world and to fulfill her own personal mission, and going forward, especially in coming seasons, that is something she very much wants to do, and we really want to explore for her. We talk in the writers room a lot about giving Felicity something that is not on the team and has nothing to do with Oliver and is very much her own thing, and that’s something I think we really look forward to in season six.” - Wendy Mericle

“We have a storyline for Felicity in Season 6 that we wanted to do in Season 5 and that fans have been clamoring for.” - Marc Guggenheim

Will Emily be returning as a main next season? Yes. - Marc Guggenheim

“I can confirm.” - Marc Guggenheim

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“They have so much chemistry, it’s literally insane. If they were our friends in real life, we would all be going, ‘Dude, why aren’t you two together?’”  - Andrew Kreisberg (x)

“One of the reasons that relationship happened is that we wanted to write to the chemistry that’s obviously palpable between Stephen and Emily.” - Wendy Mericle (x)

“I think Stephen really enjoys working with Emily. Those two have undeniable chemistry. We’ve always written toward it, even when we were writing away from it, you know?” - Marc Guggenheim (x)

Praise for Emily & Stephen’s chemistry inspiring the creation of Olicity.

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It [episode 5x20] came about the confluence of two major events, we always knew from very early on the season that we were going to get Oliver and Felicity sort of into a circumstance where by they would essentially deal with their own shit. We knew we were going to place Felicity in a story were she would start to develop empathy for Oliver, and that empathy would lead them to have eventually that adult conversation they did not have in season 4. Around the same time we were reaching the point in the season were we were pretty far out of budget and we were talking about “bottle episodes” to save some money, because we needed to have a reservoir of dollars left to end the season in high style as it were and it was Brian Ford Sullivan who came up with this idea of Oliver and Felicity being trapped in the bunker. We sort of called it the “Chilean Coal mine Episode”(…) and it was all about everyone trying to get Oliver and Felicity out of this dire circumstances. This episode is kind of like a play because we wanted to put Oliver and Felicity together in a circumstance that force them or at least give them the opportunity to deal with all their issues, and deal with it in an adult way

Marc Guggenheim [Superhero Insider - - June 2017]

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Marc Guggenheim: The season premiere of Season 6 will have a flashback.
Access Hollywood: To the island? Or just a flashback?
Marc [hesitantly]: To the island. If you take me literally at my word, yes. Back to the island.

I knew they would, because how could they not, but it’s a relief to hear him say it. They’ll show what the hell happened and how everyone was saved.

At the same time, I guess they really are picking up five months later, so…will they start with the flashback? Or present day, where we just see everyone, alive and okay? 

Also…I wonder if they already filmed that flashback, while they had all the actors right there and already in costume and makeup.

anonymous asked:

I uh... I may be an ignorant or something but... Why is it bad to be white? (Please don't be mad at me, also, I can't difference a lot of colors so, again, don't be mad at me ;-; I just want to understand)

The issue isn’t that it’s bad to be white (though there’s a lot of sociological factors that, when you start digging into, allow you to realize that Whiteness as a social construct is very damaging and has been and is still being used to do great harm in the world). 

The issue more specifically here is that Wentworth Miller (who acts Leonard Snart) isn’t white. He’s biracial and mixed race. His heritage isn’t necessarily that simple once you start looking into it (from wikipedia: “his father is of African-American, Jamaican, German, and English ancestry; his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry”), and he’s been outspoken before about being a man of color

Aka… not a white man.

I know the character has been “implied” to be white by the narrative because his sister and father are white, but most fans have tried to respect the actor’s actual heritage by writing him as mixed race in fan works and writing Leonard’s mother as a black woman. And the implication that he’s white is erasure from the show writers and also a shitty thing for them to do.

Building on that, it’s just… pretty racist to ignore his actual heritage and race to say he’s a white man, knowing he’s not. For a fan who genuinely doesn’t know that he’s not white, it’s not a huge deal if they screw up about it once. Then it’s just a matter of someone saying “oh actually he’s mixed race” and that fan going “oh okay, my bad” and fixing their mistake moving forward, maybe apologizing if necessary and looking some stuff up. But for the producer and a head writer of the show to erase his heritage is just a really shitty move. 

The actual assembly of the footage of episode 1.23 the season finale of Season 1, that was 23 minutes overtime. We had to cut 23 minutes out

Marc Guggenheim [Superhero Insider - - June 2017]

I hope one day they share these deleted scenes. Stephen mentioned one in an old interview a while ago:

“I’ll never have a tougher day on set than shooting that scene [Death of Tommy] with Colin, especially because there was a part of that scene that was edited out of the show. I said a prayer in Chinese after he passed away, and I had to learn it… I swear to God, I said that prayer in Chinese 4,000 times. Chinese is not Russian. It’s really hard, and if you change your inflection point even a little bit you’re saying ‘get me ice cream’ as opposed to ‘I’m going to miss you forever.’
Arrow Showrunner Addresses Olicity In Season 6
After two solid seasons of building the relationship between Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak on [...]

“I’m going to give a very unsatisfying answer to the Olicity fans,” Guggenheim admitted, “which is that we sort of set Oliver and Felicity on a certain trajectory starting with 520, and you saw a little bit of it in 523. We’re continuing it. I will say that the events of the finale did throw a little bit of a wrench into their slow rekindling of their relationship.”