The heroes of Arrow might be currently divided in disagreement, but fans of the series all stand on the same side -- a fact that series showrunner Marc Guggenheim did not see coming at all.
In an interview with TVLine, the showrunner admitted to making a crucial mistake in pitting Original Team Arrow (Oliver, Diggle and Felicity) against New Team Arrow (Dinah, Curtis and Rene) in a battle of mistrust. "I think if I miscalculated anywhere, it’s probably on the order of not taking into full consideration the fact that while all the arguments may be equal and equally strong, there’s always going to be a love and affection for the original characters that the new characters don’t get a chance to enjoy."
While Guggenheim and his team of writers believed that they were constructing sound arguments for both parties, fans of the series have been vocal about their disdain for NTA's actions and stances -- a fact that Guggenheim blames on a lack of familiarity. "In crafting these arguments," Guggenheim continued, "we were being, I think, very evenhanded. At least we were trying to be. But we were not taking into account the familiarity factor."
The current season of Arrow is currently in the midst of its very own small scale civil war, where the newer members of Oliver's crime-fighting team are taking out their frustrations on their older, much more experienced leaders. Comparing this turn of events to Marvel Studios' popular Captain America: Civil War's titular dispute, Guggenheim continued by saying: "Superheroes having a falling out and fighting amongst each other is one of the most longstanding comic book traditions. Again, this is maybe where we miscalculated, but I always assumed the fans would go along with us in this regard, because it is such a tried-and-true comic book [convention]."
The battle between OTA and NTA isn't over yet, and both factions will have to burry the hatchet sooner or later if they have any hopes of defeating their common enemy -- another staple of the comic book genre.
Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Rick Gonzalez, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Kirk Acevado, Paul Blackthorne and Katie Cassidy.