The Green Arrow himself, Stephen Amell, has teased a little bit about what fans can expect from the next season of the hit CW series Arrow.
The superhero crime drama about the emerald archer with a haunted past concluded its fifth season last week which was a bit of a comeback for the series. Since the end of the second season storyline, Arrow struggled to launch a compelling plot as the focus of the show shifted to serve as a breeding ground for other superhero shows such as The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
In an attempt to keep up with the superpowered heroics of the other shows, Arrow dove head first into mysticism in the fourth season and essentially abandoned the dark and mysterious criminal element from the show that resonated with fans, to begin with but the fifth season managed to take the series back to its roots as it brought Oliver’s dark past full circle and revealed to us the remainder of his time spent in hell prior to the series pilot. While the essential theme of this past year was legacy as it explored the legacy left behind by both Oliver’s Father Robert, as well as Oliver’s himself — for better or worse — as he faced his greatest foe yet, Adrian Chase aka Prometheus, Amell revealed this past weekend that the sixth season will feature a theme of family telling those in attendance at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in London:
“The theme of Season 5 was legacy. From what I understand, the theme of Season 6 is family.”
The last we saw Oliver, he was in a boat off the coast of Lian Yu clutching his son William tight in his arms as they watched what he had to be thousands of bombs set up on the island explode after Prometheus chose to kill himself to detonate the bombs which were connected to himself with a dead man’s switch.
It’s an interesting theme for the series to explore, with the lives of everyone he loves besides his son now hanging in the balance. We don’t know whether or not Thea (Willa Holland), Diggle (David Ramsey) Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) or William’s Mother, Samantha Clayton (Anna Hopkins) will make it off the island but we do know that the next season could be a fresh start for the series as the flashbacks will no longer be an essential component of every episode. Two cast members we’re sure will be returning are both Rick Gonzales as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary as the two were revealed to be returning as series regulars for season six along with Katie Cassidy as Black Siren in April.
Amell was reluctant to confirm whether or not the series will feature Oliver as a full-time Father to William but left the door open as he teased that would be an interesting dynamic for the series going forward:
“That would be a very interesting story… I think Oliver is more equipped for being a father than he realises. I think, I hope, that he would do a really good job. That would certainly create an interesting dynamic.”
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of Arrow as we learn it.
“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 pick up sometime this October in its new timeslot on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Source: Movie Pilot