"Arrow" fans got a little tease of Ra's al Ghul earlier this season, but next Wednesday, the leader of the League of Assassins makes his official debut on The CW series.
The trailer has revealed Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen dueling in the snow with Ra's (Matt Nable).
"I think what's really cool about Ra's coming to the fore is his presence changes the show," Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim told Access Hollywood. "Literally, the show will not be the same after Episode 9."
Asked how bad Ra's is when he comes to "Arrow," Guggenheim said the character actually has his own perspective on things.
"We always say, 'Our villains are the heroes of their own story,' and I think if you were to ask Ra's, he would say, 'I'm a pretty good guy.' In fact, he actually gives a speech in Episode 9 that kind of explains, 'I replace evil with death.' That's not such a bad thing," the EP explained.
It's a sentiment shared by former League of Assassins member Malcolm Merlyn, the character played by John Barrowman.
"You know, I think there's a reason why Malcolm and Ra's have very similar points of views on things and who knows, we may even see a little bit more of a connection between the two men in future episodes," Guggenheim said.
Barrowman hasn't had a huge presence in recent episodes, but the EP said expect to see more of the actor's character on "Arrow."
"If you've been missing him, 2015 is your year," Guggenheim noted. "In fact, I will say, even a little bit of 2014, because he has a very big role to play in Episode 9 as well, but wait 'til Episode 10 – 10 and beyond, and we're going to be doing a Malcolm-centric flashback that will take you all the way back to basically when he sort of started down this dark path. You're gonna learn things about Malcolm that even Malcolm doesn't know, and it's going to big year for John Barrowman on the show."
"Arrow" continues Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW.
-- Jolie Lash