And we basically went into Season Three with a couple of models in mind in terms of, on the third season of Everwood, Greg [Berlanti] brought in Scott Wolfe and really shook up the show. Third season of Buffy, Joss Whedon brought in Eliza Dushku and really shook up the show. The idea of a new character [Ray Palmer] coming in and being a change agent for a set ensemble was very appealing to us. That was one parameter. Another parameter was that we had Felicity and she sort of, from a dialogue perspective, lives in a different world than everybody else. We’ve been saying that Emily from a witty banter perspective has been playing tennis against the wall and we wanted to give her a tennis partner.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that this year is going to be a battle for Thea’s soul, so it’s not necessarily going to have a happy ending to it. Certainly there is the potential in her name and we’ve been calling her “Speedy” since the pilot, but one of the things that we like to do is play against that expectation. So hopefully the ups and downs of Thea’s arc this year will be compelling but also surprising.
I think people will be very happy with Laurel’s trajectory specifically this year in that regard. She’s going to start trying to walk the path that her sister walked, which is something we set up in the Season Finale and I think people are going to be really excited to see where that goes.
Sara’s back. Caity Lotz is in a recurring role. We’ve made a deal for three episodes but at current count, we’re going to have her in for five, at least. Obviously with all of our recurring cast members, we always have to work around their schedules but we love Caity. We have really cool plans for her.
Season One had a really cool, over-arching mystery. You had the glyph, you had The Undertaking, you were kind of wondering what was going on. There was what we called in the scripts the Well-Dressed Man, who turned out to be Malcolm Merlyn. And we wanted to basically take the epic quality of Season Two and fuse it with the mystery of Season One