The previous season of Arrow concluded with several characters being trapped on the island of Lian Yu as it was consumed by an explosion. While the fates of our heroes remain unknown, there will no doubt be lingering ramifications for the survivors. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed the themes of season six and commented on how Oliver Queen will handle the aftermath of the explosion.
Guggenheim discussed how the theme of season six will be centered on family and how Oliver will deal with troubles of those closest to him:
“The theme is family. The way I would like to think of it is, last year we spent a whole season really building up this team, this new Team Arrow, and this year we’ve got the team in place — what sort of damage can we do? So much of Arrow lives in the challenges and trials that we put the characters through. I would say in the past five seasons, it’s always been, well, what meat grinder can we put Oliver through? And I think at this point, we’ve almost put him through just about every conceivable thing, so we got very intrigued by the idea of, what is Oliver’s reaction when the people closest to him go through something difficult?”
Guggenheim told fans not to expect a ‘guilt-based’ storyline for Oliver this season:
“[…] what is exciting for us about season 6 is we told a story in season 5 that was very deliberate about Oliver moving on and letting go of his past, and he kept saying — again that was another drinking game — ‘I keep being drawn back into the past, drawn back into the past.’ Before the island exploded, I think he’d had these experiences, finally culminating with his conversations with Slade, where he was ready to finally put the past in the past and move forward, and we’re really continuing him on that forward trajectory to the point where the emotional stories that we’re telling with him this year are new, they’re from a fresher perspective, they’re not based upon the past, they’re based upon things that are happening to him right now in the present. So as opposed to a guilt-based story just by its nature is always backward-looking, because you feel guilty about something, these stories are much more perspective looking, or at least much more in the moment and in the present.”
This season will introduce a number of new villains to the series and Guggenheim explained how the decision to include multiples antagonists ties into the overall theme of season six:
“The theme of the season is family, but it’s all the different interpretations of the word family, and it’s about groups and about loyalties, and some of those loyalties are good and some of those loyalties are bad, and some of those people comprising the family are good people and some of them are bad people and some of them are conflicted people.”
When asked if the new season might explore the PTSD our heroes will suffer following the devastating events of previous seasons, Guggenheim replied:
“I think there’s certainly a component of that, and PTSD can be a theme, and certainly a theme that is very present in the season premiere. At the same time, I do feel like now that we’re in the midst of breaking [episodes] 5 and 6, it’s safe to say that the season has its own identity. I always say season 5 is not required viewing for season 6. At the same time, I think in the sixth season of the show, you can pretty much assume that people are not jumping on having never seen the previous five years.”
You can read the official synopsis for the Arrow season 6 premiere below!
“Fallout” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
THE AFTERMATH — Oliver (Stephen Amell) deals with the fallout of the explosion on the island. James Bamford directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#601).
Arrow season 6 premieres on Thursday, October 12 at 9/8c on The CW.
Source: Entertainment Weekly