The fifth season of Arrow concluded with several characters in a dire situation where their fates remained uncertain, though it is hard to imagine there won’t be at least a few causalities once the series returns in fall. During a panel at the Portland Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Stephen Amell discussed how a major relationship on the series change and what he hopes to see on the show in the future.
Amell revealed that he hopes Oliver will begin displaying the left-wing superhero qualities of the character as depicted in the comics:
“I’ve said that it’s very, very important that if Oliver doesn’t take away lessons from Season 5 and doesn’t keep doing the things that have led to this catastrophic event, the character stops being interesting to me. So I hope that part of that, in Season 6 and if we have seasons beyond that, I hope that part of that is we get back to a lot of the tenets that people recognize from the comics. And that of course is humor and a socially conscious, slightly liberal superhero. […] The comics version, he has some really interesting qualities that make him unique, and I hope we get to explore more of those.”
Amell also explained how Oliver’s relationship with his son will evolve:
“I’m excited that not only are they going to learn about having the father/son relationship, I think we’re going to explore that in Season 6, but [William] also knows that Oliver is the Green Arrow. So there’s a lot of interesting layers and dynamics. I’m just excited to have to teach him a lesson. As a father, Oliver will definitely try to be better than what he’s been as a person… So hopefully he can be a good example for William.”
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After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family”
Arrow Season 6 will premiere on Thursday, October 12 at 9:00 pm ET on The CW. The complete fifth season will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on September 19.