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Arrow boss addresses those death leaks

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It’s the moment Arrow fans have been waiting for since the season 4 premiere capped off with the reveal that someone was going to die this season: During Wednesday’s episode, viewers will finally discover who is in the grave … unless you already have. (Or think you have.)

After months of nail-biting anticipation, photos recently leaked online purporting to reveal who ends up in the grave. 

Note: Before we move on, we won’t stop you from searching out the photos, but we also won’t be linking to them or revealing who dies this week — though be sure to check back after the East Coast air for scoop!

The leak was a disheartening turn of events for the brain trust behind Arrow. “Look, it’s not cool,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “Straight up … I’ll just say it: Shame on those people.”

“I just look at these paparazzi as they’re ruining the party for everybody,” Guggenheim continues, stressing that the show attempts to protect their secrets with extra precautions. “Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with a cemetery, we have to go out on location,” he says. “We have to be out in the world. We can’t produce the show just on our soundstages. We have extra on-set [production assistants] patrolling. We try to put things up to block people. It does happen and it just sucks.”

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But the photos aren’t just damaging to the fans. “Honestly, all I can say is that we’ve had the paparazzi on Legends and Arrow, so you’re talking about two shows’ worth of crews, people who work really, really hard to do the jobs that they do, who care a lot about the shows, who care a lot about the stories that we’re telling,” Guggenheim says. “I just look at these paparazzi people like they’re just spoiling it for everybody. They’re kind of taking a big steaming dump on the work that all these people do. They work in Vancouver [for] unbelievable hours — [often] in the rain, terrible conditions — and they do it all to produce shows that everyone can be entertained by and part of being entertained is being surprised.”

And while some fans may not be surprised come Wednesday, the death isn’t the only surprise in store. “There are a couple revelations in this episode,” Guggenheim teases. [The]’s death looms large, but there is a pretty seismic change for the Diggle-Andy relationship that we’ve been teasing.”

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.