Damien Darhk may have died in the “Arrow” Season 4 finale, but that’s not the end of his story. Neal McDonough — who plays the nefarious head of HIVE — has a recurring role on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” another series in The CW’s “Arrow”-verse, and there he may just find himself on the side of the angels. At the celebration of “Arrow’s” 100th episode, McDonough weighed in on his character’s future, including whether or not Darhk could ever find redemption.
Asked if there was any way Darhk could be redeemed, McDonough told CBR, “Just had that conversation. Yes. There is one way that we can redeem him.”
As to whether or not we’ll see that sometime soon, he added, “At some point, you will.”
“For me, it’s such a joy to play this character and go to all the different periods that great writers have put up there,” he added, referring to his role in “Legends of Tomorrow.” “It’s been a lot of fun. One episode, I’m in the ’20s. Another episode, I’m in the 1800s. Another episode, I’m in the future. For me, as an actor, it’s just terrific. And the wardrobe is awesome too!”
“I’ve never a played a guy who’s so still and confident on a mission,” he continued. “Damien Darhk certainly doesn’t think that he’s evil. He doesn’t think that anything he’s doing is evil and — by playing it like that — it makes it so much more evil to watch and delicious to play at the same time, so I’m having a wonderful time playing it.”
He also discussed Darhk’s death, saying, “I died the way I was supposed to die, by the hands of Oliver Queen. You don’t really die, which is a great thing. So Marc [Guggenheim] calls me up and goes, ‘You’re going to love the finale. Great fight scenes. The good news is: you’re going to come back. The bad news is: you die at the end of the episode.’ Now that I’m on ‘Legends [of Tomorrow],’ having the time of my life and obviously doing the crossover with the 100th, and that’s been so much fun to play Damien Darhk.”
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.
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