Marc Guggenheim, the executive producer on The CW’s “Arrow,” says the major villain for the upcoming fourth season will be quite different to what came before.
The first season it was Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), the second Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Manu Bennet), the third Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). With the fourth we’re getting Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and Guggenheim tells Access Hollywood that this guy is pure bad news:
“Damien’s a different kind of villain than we’ve had on the show before. He’s not as centurion as Ra’s, he’s not as looney tune as Slade, he’s not as — and people will be surprised I use this word — but he’s not as noble as Malcolm Merlyn.
He’s pure evil. We wanted someone who was truly, truly malevolent. We’ve never done that on the show before. All of our big bads always thought they were doing… the wrong thing for the right reason. This guy does the wrong thing for the wrong reasons.”
The “Arrow” writers are also not going to hold back on his reveal with McDonough set to appear right from the get go:
“It’s a bad situation to have this guy coming in. And the other thing that we’re doing that’s different is in past seasons, you’ve had to wait ’til usually the mid-season finale to meet the big bad and have Oliver confront the big bad. We are coming out of the gate strong. We’re not waiting and actually, that itself has really energized the show and it infuses even the ‘villain of the week’ episodes with an epic-ness that they wouldn’t otherwise have.”
Paul Blackthorne, who plays Captain Quentin Lance on the show, posted some behind-the-scenes photos with one seemingly featuring McDonough’s character alongside some of his henchmen. The new season kicks off October 7th.