Arrow star Rick Gonzalez has previewed what to expect from Thursday's midseason finale titled "Irreconcilable Differences" in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
As per the official synopsis, the episode will find Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) being kidnaped by Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) and Cayden James (guest star Michael Emerson), who are looking to trade Lance’s life for a weapon of mass destruction.
When asked as to how Rene will deal with this situation, the actor offered:
I think that’s something that lends itself, again, to who Rene is. He’s someone who cares about his friends, so it’s going to be personal for him. It’s going to be something where he needs to act upon these things because he cares about protecting his friends, he cares about being loyal. I worry about the person who stands in the way of Wild Dog and the people he cares about. He’s just that kind of character. That’s why I love playing him. He has so much savagery when he goes out into the field as a team member, but at the same time, he does have a lot of heart, a lot of vulnerability, and there is something inside of him that wants to connect and to love. So, when it comes to anyone, especially someone like Quentin Lance, that hits home.
In the same hour, Oliver will also find out that someone on the team has betrayed him. Here's what the actor has to say about this storyline:
Someone on the team has given up information on Oliver for the investigation. That will kind of shift the balance and rock the foundation of the group, of the entire show, in terms of where this team is, how Oliver feels about this team, everything that they’ve gone through, and how that’s going to change things moving forward. I think this episode is going to be the beginning of a paradigm shift in terms of how we’re going to set up the rest of the season. There will also be revelations that are going to affect our trajectory and our journey in terms of handling our villains of the season. So, this story line and what’s happening here with Oliver being under investigation and him possibly losing his ability to be the Green Arrow will change a lot of things.
Oliver and Felicity will also tie the knot in the episode! Check out what the actor teased about the special occasion:
I think you can expect the warm fuzzies, the love that they have for each other. I think one of the most iconic things about Arrow is that organically, Felicity Smoak, a really smart, techy, nerdy, cute girl who was just there to help Oliver find out some information, all of a sudden became the love of his life. I think that was a surprise to the writers. I think it’s also kudos to Emily Bett Rickards, who took a small character and made it amazing. I think she’s just an amazing actress. Every day when I see her work and the stuff that she creates with this character, she just makes it look so effortless — just the small quirks and the love that she displays for Oliver. I think what we can anticipate is [the culmination] of that relationship and seeing how much they care about each other. So, I think ultimately, that’s the important thing there, in terms of the writers showing the amazing and organic chemistry that Felicity and Oliver have and how well it works. I think she’s an amazing character to the universe because she’s just as important as Oliver to the team, the city.
Head over to Arrow Episode Guide: "Irreconcilable Differences" for the full description, photos and promo of the midseason finale.