Oliver Queen wasn't in the happiest of places in the season 5 finale of Arrow. His nemesis Adrian Chase had just used his own demise to cause a chain of explosions to rip across Lian Yu where Team Arrow was trapped, with Ollie and his son helpless offshore. And yet, according to Stephen Amell, season 6 won't have the Emerald Archer lost in the depths in depression or beating himself up so much. In fact, we could see him cracking more than a few smiles.
Following the cliffhanger of that finale, EPs and showrunners have only "officially" confirmed that Dinah, Slade Wilson, and Black Siren survived the fiery trap. But from other news that has been leaked out, we know that Felicity is around and taking part in a mini-crossover. We also know that Diggle is still in the land of the living, albeit probably not in a good place emotionally or physically. Ollie also has to contend with his new responsibility as a father to his son William. There's so much potential for heroic hand-wringing, that it comes as a pleasant surprise to hear Amell state that this won't be the case.
As reported by TVLine, Amell was speaking at the recent Q&A at the Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey. During the event, he managed to drop a few teasers regarding what we can expect from Green Arrow in the upcoming season. The first surprise was the reference to a new suit:
"You will see a new Arrow suit this year ... It's a strange thing. Oliver actually this season is a very contented individual ... At least so far. Methinks that will probably change, based on just 120some episodes of history. But I've seen three episodes and he's smiling a lot more ... It's nice as an actor to not be a stick in the mud all the time ... In the early part of the season we undertake a storyline and we stick to it"
Intriguingly he also good-naturedly refused to perform this season's customary opening voiceover - "My name is Oliver Queen..." etc. - as it would reportedly contain a spoiler. Even more intriguing was the hint that he would be using new gadget arrows as part of the scheduled annual Arrowverse crossover. It would be admittedly fun to see the infamous boxing-glove arrow get a permanent place in the quiver.
While the "happy" Oliver is probably only going to last for the first few episodes, and will undoubtedly link into his stint as a full-time father, it's certainly refreshing to hear that we shouldn't get a depressing opener to the season. Especially as the season 6 "big bad" is shaping up to be a grim and gritty interpretation of Richard Dragon, and that Ollie will play more of a mentoring role to the Team Arrow survivors. Hopefully this means that this season will be an engaging and exciting one for fans of Arrow.
Arrow season 6 premieres Thursday, October 12 @9pm on The CW