This past week’s episode of Arrow, Spectre of the Gun, tackled a debate that is very realistic in todays world; gun control. This episode was an extremely emotional one; especially since the episode kicked off with a mass shooting in Oliver’s campaign office at City Hall.
According to executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle, the writers went into the season wanting to do an episode that dealt with a current issue.
“I’m old. This means that I grew up on St. Elsewhere and Picket Fences and L.A. Law,” Guggenheim told a group of reporters after a screening of the episode. “I grew up in a time where it was commonplace—like literally every week—for a one-hour drama to tackle the issues of the day. Somewhere along the line we got away from that, the whole industry got away from that. And now you have Black-ish and Carmichael Show, but as far as network dramas are concerned, really not tackling current events, current issues.”
Guggenheim felt that with nearly five seasons under its belt, the show had earned the right to take on a debate like this.
“In 23 episodes of television, you can have 22 pieces of candy and one episode of vegetables,” he explained. “We sort of felt that gun violence felt like the right topic, a. because of its topicality but also because of the level of gun violence that is on Arrow. We could have done an episode on abortion, but that’s not really where the show lives, so gun violence really felt like the right thing to tackle.”
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Source: E! News