CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? | Following the events of "Hunt", Selina was left bleeding out in the Wayne Mansion, leaving us with Alfred rushing to her aid. For a girl with nine lives, you can expect her to be back to her normal, healthy self by the beginning of the episode, right? "Selina is kind of keeping tight lipped about something that relates to her ability to not fear death," executive producer Chris Davis said, hinting at the character's role in the episode, "She's definitely got a secret that she's not willing to share with anyone, and it leads her down a pretty foreign territory for the remainder of the season." And to think her Catwoman persona was the only thing she was keeping hidden...
THE ORIGINS OF THE JOKER | It was previously announced that the producers were interested in exploring the history behind the character, and in this episode, we'll finally get to see what created such a brilliant madman as The Joker. "Usually when you have this big villain, their origins can sort of serve as justifications for their actions," series creator Jack Malone told VSGuide, "but when it comes to the Joker, you're more interested in seeing the crazy, and seeing where that takes you."Malone continued in saying that despite jumping at the opportunity to tell this origin story, it won't be done in a way that justifies all of his actions. "The Joker is a very broken character, mentally, and so these flashbacks are brief and fragmented - its almost as if the man that came before the Joker doesn't exist, and hasn't existed for a really long time," Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared on his character's back story, "There's a lot of fun in seeing where the Joker's insanity stemmed from, but its more fun to see where this insanity will take us in the last three episodes of the season." And what better way to pick at the Joker's humanity than through Helena - a character who has been striving for a normal life all year. "That's definitely where the idea comes from," actress Kayla Ewell confirmed, excited about her character's role in the episode, "Helena has almost given up on everything, so she sort of wants to pick the mind of the man who could very well kill her." She described the scenes "almost like [a] therapy session [between the Joker and Helena]."
SACRIFICED FOR THE GREATER GOOD | In the previous episode, Chloe made a conscious decision to leave Vicki behind in her attempt to save Oliver and Guido. In this upcoming episode, Vicki survived the attack from the Joker's goons, but isn't very happy. "[Vicki] was left for dead, man,"Yvonne Strahovski cried, "Which doesn't really help with the doubt she already has about her being a liability for the team." Vicki was brought into the team after she discovered the base for Watchtower, and broke in to Chloe's surprise. "She has a lot of mixed feelings about her role in all of this, and the fact that she wasn't willingly handed these secrets makes her feel less important,"the actress explained. Strahovski went on to mention there being a question hanging over Chloe's decision: "Did Chloe give up on Vicki and make a decision based on who was more important to the team, or is there something more to what happened than we know?" The episode is said to deal with the repercussions of that situation, as well as seeing Vicki in a whole new light."She finally gets to kick some ass. That's all I'll say."
THE GAMES WE PLAY | Back to cause some chaos in this episode, Toyman resurfaces in Oliver's life once more with his best scheme for vengeance yet. "All hell is breaking loose inside the hospital - I mean, people are getting torn apart, and so you're left thinking: thank god Oliver isn't in there, you know, thank god he's safe. Then we see what Oliver is going up against, and its funny - he'd probably be a lot safer inside the building than out," revealed Justin Hartley, set to send his character off at the end of the season. "This episode really kicks off the beginning of the end for Oliver - the tragedy involved in his departure, and gives us one of many ideas that suggests how he could leave the series," the star continued, teasing the end of Oliver Queen, "You'll definitely know where things are headed for Oliver coming into these last few episodes." Does that involve his relationship with Chloe, or even the birth of their child? "It will definitely affect that too, but what happens between Chloe and Oliver in the finale is a lot of where the abruptness comes from - that's where [the producers] work their mojo to make it even more tragic and heartbreaking than you thought it could be."
DISASTER STRIKES (AGAIN...AND AGAIN!) | Mixed into the events of the episode are two big shockers that are said to serve as game changers in the direction of the season. "Whenever a lockdown happens on this show, something bad always comes out of it," series creator Jack Malone acknowledged, "Last time we lost Lucius Fox, and this time... well, its a little more tragic than that." The episode is also said to take a drastic turn half-way into the episode that will be a defining moment for the Joker's plans. "He believes in anarchy - chaos - and as well know, nothing is ever what it appears to be with the Joker," Malone continued, keeping more tight lipped than usual, "I will say that at the very beginning of the season, Emil introduced the idea that 'nothing is what it appears to be', and we've really carried that through to the finale. The Joker embodies that very saying, and his actions reflect it too." Sounds like in order to bring the Joker down, we'll need the world's greatest detective. "We're building towards that. Definitely."
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