What will it take for Oliver Queen and his vigilante alter-ego The Hood (Stephen Amell) to stop The Undertaking and save Starling City, as well as defeat the archer who last put him in hospital? The Big Bad of the final episodes of Arrow’s first season is nefarious Starling City businessman Malcolm Merlyn and his alter ego The Dark Archer (John Barrowman).
Everyone wants to see the next showdown. So when John Barrowman tweeted the view from high up in an unidentified office tower in downtown Vancouver three weeks ago Saturday and then Stephen Amell indicated he was filming there too, local Arrow fans hunted down the Telus Tower in time to see both men down in the lobby dressed in business suits. No bows. No arrows.
Meanwhile, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and girlfriend Thea Queen (Willa Holland) are trying to find The Hood too. Fans and photographers pressed up against the glass to see a rehearsal of how close they get as Roy and Thea run into her brother Oliver (but not his alter-ego) in what [turned out to be the lobby for Merlyn Global Group].
Update: In the scene, Oliver tells Roy sternly that it’s a bad idea to seek out the vigilante which makes Oliver a wimp in Roy’s eyes. Roy might change his mind about Oliver when he finds out who the Hood really is.
Update: And what was Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) doing in the lobby dressed in a red Big Belly Burger jacket?
Amell notices the crowd of people peering through the glass. Later he came out and met with fans and graphers.
Where were the other cast? Colin Donnell filmed a separate outside scene as Oliver’s estranged best friend Tommy Merlyn, standing and staring into a camera on the street [probably the look on his face when he sees Laurel and Oliver about to have sex through an open window].
And the last scene of the night proved to be of Paul Blackthorne’s Detective Quenton Lance meeting Felicity Smoak outside the tower [for the season finale].
Apology for the quality but this was the only one I managed of the meeting.
A handful of determined fans stuck it out from afternoon until close to midnight and got photos with all of the cast on set that Saturday, including Colin Donnell below.
Arrow’s penultimate episode of season one airs on May 8th on The CW in the U.S. and CTV in Canada.