The fourth season of Arrow was perhaps the most different season of the long-running Green Arrow series on The CW. During the fourth year, the Emerald Archer faced Damien Darhk who was quite different from Malcolm Merlyn, Slade Wilson/Deathstroke and Ra’s Al Ghul. Darhk was a magic-based character, giving Oliver Queen a different type of antagonist.
Season 4 was a mixed bag for a lot of viewers, including how the show dealt with the aspects of magic in a show that tends to be more grounded in reality than the other three DC shows on The CW. At Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in London, Stephen Amell, the star of the show, reflected on how the show executed magic in Season 4 while also expanding upon doing new things for Season 6 of Arrow.
“You know, we tried magic on the show [in Season 4]. And we have to try things on the show. We’re going to try things in Season 6 that are going to work. We’re going to try things in Season 6 that aren’t going to work. So I just thought that, because I loved having Neal McDonough on the show, I would have him back in a second. But I thought that, you know, leaning back into some of the stuff that we do on the show that has cultivated over the first three seasons and also the fourth season was the better way to go.”
The big bad for the sixth upcoming season has yet to be announced as the show will be going into production in July which is the same month as San Diego Comic-Con. New details about Season 6 will most likely be announced that month.
“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 begin sometime in October on its new timeslot at Thursday nights at 9/8c on The CW.