Today, ARROW executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Variety that this episode will also feature a 'cool' Arrow/Atom story alongside the Suicide Squad one and about how the 'love triangle' will effect the team.
“It’s going to be a very different dynamic,” Guggenheim teased. “I think Felicity and Oliver are going to struggle with [the question of] how do we remain coworkers and even friends if this romantic genie — which had been taken out of the bottle at the beginning of the season — is now off the table, to mix metaphors. Certainly Ray [Brandon Routh] is out there as a potential love interest for Felicity. So that’s complicating things and making things a bit messy. We certainly created a love triangle this year intentionally by introducing Ray. The challenge for us is not creating a love triangle, but how do you do that in a way that’s not cliché, and predictable, and something we’ve seen before?”
And in episode 17, the Suicide Squad returns in what Guggenheim describes as a “monster episode”: “It’s actually crazy in terms of the amount of stuff that’s in it, because there’s two storylines in it, both of which are big enough to carry an episode on their own, and for reasons passing understanding, we actually combine the two,” he laughed. “So one half is the Suicide Squad, and the other half is a very cool Arrow/Atom story, and both halves are really sure to please. I actually was up on the set for some of it last week, and the director, Jesse Warn, is just doing an amazing job, and when I think about the episode and I talk about the episode, I just have to remind myself that it’s more than just Arrow and Atom, it’s the Suicide Squad, and it’s more than just the Suicide Squad, it’s Arrow and Atom. It’s pretty cool. I’m very, very excited about that one.”