“We were very determined to rock the show out of its comfort zone. I think you started to see that by design at the end of season 6. We started playing around with format, we had the all-Dragon episode, we had the episode where Oliver is [has] vertigo and hallucinates. We wanted to get out from our traditional ways of telling story. I mean, quite frankly, even the structure of the season finale is very unconventional for us. Usually the climactic fight with the “Big Bad” of the year happens with Act 5 and then Act 6 is all wrap-up. This year the climactic battle between Oliver and Diaz happened in Act 4. So we’re constantly looking for different ways to shake up the show and do things differently.”

Marc Guggenheim |