Stephen Amell Talks ‘Arrow’ Season 2 & Big Changes on the Way

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in Arrow Stephen Amell Talks Arrow Season 2 & Big Changes on the Way

Warning: Spoilers ahead!


Fans of Arrow who tuned in to watch the climactic and surprising finale to season 1 are no doubt curious to see where the show will go once the dust has cleared. Arrow was renewed for a second season by The CW after the early episodes drew in a respectable number of viewers, and with the universe already established the show could go in just about any direction from here.

One thing that Arrow definitely hasn’t been shy about so far is dropping in cameos or extended appearances by characters from the comic book series, including The Huntress, Count Vertigo, Deadshot and Deathstroke. Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), who was Oliver’s sidekick Speedy in the comics and eventually became known under the names Red Arrow and Arsenal, is set to become a series regular after his introduction in the second half of season 1, and there has been talk of introducing major DC characters like Batman and Green Lantern into the mix.

While we wait for season 2, and speculate about which direction the writers might take it in next, lead actor Stephen Amell has been dropping hints about the set-up for the next season in an interview with IGN, and says that when Arrow returns, nothing will be the same:

“We’re just going to find everybody in a different place. I think we’re actually going to find Oliver literally in a different place at the beginning of next year. It’s our second season, but it’s kind of like a new series.”

Perhaps the most devastating blow, to the regular cast list at least, was the death of Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), who rushed into the collapsing CNRI building to save Laurel and ended up getting speared through the chest with a metal rod for his trouble. The Laurel-Oliver-Tommy love triangle that provided much of the season 1 romantic drama may have died with him, but that that probably won’t mean smooth sailing for the two people who are left. It’s possible that the tragedy will push Laurel into her own brand of vigilantism as Black Canary, especially if Oliver has left the city and “the Hood” has gone with him.

Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn in Arrow Stephen Amell Talks Arrow Season 2 & Big Changes on the Way

That seems to be exactly what has happened. In addition to the hint about Oliver finding himself in a new place (Blüdhaven, perhaps, or any one of the other DC cities that could be used to introduce another new character from the comic book universe), Amell also suggests that Oliver has lost his taste for vigilante justice. When asked how he reacts to Tommy’s death, Amell replied:

“Not well. The reason that he was the vigilante, the Hood, all that stuff is gone now. Merlyn’s been stopped, the list is essentially somewhat obsolete, the Glades are destroyed. If he’s going to become the vigilante again or something different, he’s gonna need a new reason.”

It’s something of a relief to hear that Oliver’s future vigilante activities won’t all be based around the list of names left to him by his father. While this worked quite well as a set-up for the season 1 episodes, the show was starting to feel a little bit too much like My Name is Earl, and having a list of bad guys to work from felt like far too convenient a plot device.

Based on this, and the hints that Oliver may have left Starling City in the wake of the Glades’ destruction, it sounds like the superhero may have hung up his hood in despair after being unable to save the city that he was sworn to protect. The show wouldn’t be called Arrow without some bow-and-arrow justice, however, and we’ve already been promised two new villains who will be making trouble this season, so Oliver probably won’t stay in retirement for long.

Celina Jade as Shado in Arrow Stephen Amell Talks Arrow Season 2 & Big Changes on the Way

Finally, Amell was asked whether Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Shado (Celina Jade) will only be appearing in island flashbacks for the next season, or whether Oliver will run into them in the present-day timeline. It’s not yet known what Slade and Shado’s eventual fates were – though Oliver appeared to be alone on the island when he was rescued in the pilot episode – but Amell says that he doubts the characters will stay in the past:

“The island isn’t on Mars, it’s on planet Earth, and we haven’t seen anyone from the island in the present day. But I would assume eventually that’s going to happen.”

Oliver is out of Starling City, the Glades are gone, Tommy is dead and the Hood has temporarily closed down business. What could this mean for season 2 of Arrow, and how will the series begin anew with the old motivations and villains gone? Which DC characters are next in line to make a cameo appearance, and who might take up the Hood’s mantle in Starling City while he’s away? If you’ve got theories, then don’t keep quiet about them – head to the comments to discuss these latest hints.


Arrow returns to The CW in fall 2013.

Source: IGN [via CBM]

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  1. What if the season started with Diggle and Felicity watching news reports about the events that took place in Man of Steel so everybody is having to deal with the Glades being destroyed and knowing there is aliens (and other fantasy elements) in this world. This could all be happening while Oliver has left Starling City and gone to Bludhaven where he met Nightwing (could be shown in flash-backs) and part of the reason he doesn’t want to be the hood anymore is because of the whole Superman thing and maybe some events that happened in Bludhaven where, simply, he got his ass kicked. This opens up the possibility of many villains to come into the series and many heroes too, villains could be Bane, Killer Croc, Deathstroke again, Zsaaz and hereos could be Nightwing, Flash, Green Lantern, Robin… If you keep the gritty style but open up to the land of super-powers you suddenly have much more you can do with the series, you can link it to the Justice League and DC Universe. And as good as this series is, it would make it even better and more successful!

  2. I love this show but do not have the imagination to suggest further plot lines.
    Unfortunately I missed the episode which aired on 1 August 2013. When will I be able to catch up on the internet.

  3. i personly hope that shado or slade are comming to starling city because they found out that the women who hired edward fyers is starting an operation there. could build a whole storyline about that

  4. What I think is going to happen is “the hood”(Green Arrow in this season due to Oliver wanting “The Hood” changed) will leave for a couple of months. In the time he is gone Colton Haynes A.K.A. “Roy Harper” will become the soon to be sidekick of Oliver’s “Speedy” but he will start going into a downward spiral into drugs and alcohol before he realizes his potential to be a great hero. Then “The Green Arrow” will return there will be some interaction and complications between them and then Ollie will realize he does need help. Then “The Black Canary” will show up being none other that Laurel’s sister who supposedly died in the boat “accident”(using that term losely). She will have the whole surviving story but she like Oliver will have some secrets! She will become the “Black Canary” and they will question whether she is a villain or if she is a hero. But my thought is she will not know self control and will come off as criminal like “Catwoman” but in the end they will all come together to stop a greater evil. Along the way adding hero’s and villains into the mix but “The Green Arrow”, “Speedy”, And “The Black Widow” will be the main heroes through out the season. There has been talk of “The Batman”, Flash”, And/or “The Green Lantern” joining in some how. But I don’t know how exactly they fit in yet. Also I have ideas for the villains “Isabel Rochev”, “Bronze Tiger”, “China White”, And/or Slade Wilson. Also there have been talks of “Malcom Merlyn” returning! That would be a twist! Well that is all I have for right now! Follow me on Twitter I am a singer/rapper/songwriter who yes is very interested in this show and am an avid superhero geek haha! Link to my Twitter: I will keep you updated!

  5. RED ARROW ->