'Arrow' team breakdown 'Arrow' midseason finale; offer hints for second half
Creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim on what it all means going forward
On the long-awaited revelation of details from Felicity's backstory:
Kreisberg: There are two massive things that are going to happen towards the end of the season that you heard in that speech that will pay off.
On the "Heir to the Demon" scene that got cut:
Kreisberg: There was an amazing sequence in here that unfortunately we just had to cut for time, because this episode was so jam-packed. We actually had Oliver tell Roy (Colton Haynes), "I want you to go down to the hospital and keep an eye on Laurel." When Nyssa and her goon kidnapped Mrs. Lance, Roy confronts them, and Nyssa shoots him with a dart with snake venom, and she says, "A normal person would be dead by now, you're stronger than you look," and he says, "I get that a lot." Then they have a fight, but the venom starts to affect him and she takes him out. It was a great sequence, and they're great in it, but it wasn't propelling the story forward -- it was just a really neat moment. But the next five episodes really chart Oliver's attempts to keep Roy on the straight and narrow.