Word is Oliver Queen Will be Happy….But For How Long?
Oliver Queen, as portrayed on the show Arrow, has not necessarily been the happiest guy out there. It would be an understatement to say that he has lived a tough life and made decisions that have grave consequences. Queen has gone through his own crucibles time and time again, which has brought audiences back each season to watch. After the climactic events of the Arrow season five finale, it seems that most of the cast, which most viewers feared were killed, actually survived the experience. It could be tough if any person’s favorite character was taken off of the show or ended up at drug rehab centers in Texas but that does not seem to be the case. The only character that may not have survived the season finale is Samantha Clayton, the mother of Queen’s son, William.
Now with the responsibilities of fatherhood, either way, thrust upon him, Queen will need to balance being a father and a vigilante in Star City. Things have gotten much more difficult for him seemingly because of the increased responsibilities he has to deal with. Yet, that did not stop Stephen Amell, who portrays Queen in the series, from talking about how different his character will be this season.
“It’s a strange thing,” Amell told crowds at Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey. “Oliver is actually a very contented individual.” Yet, the actor teased that could definitely change as the season goes on.
“Methinks that will probably change, based on just 120 some episodes of history,” Amell stated. “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.”
Amell has said he is not going to be involved in every scene this season either. “If you follow me on social media, you might have noticed that I’ve had a little more time off than I normally do,” Amell said. “That’s just kind of where the story is this year [and] I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Amell is not lying either. Not only is the main cast like Willa Holland’s Thea Queen and Paul Blackthorne’s Quentin Lance but also characters such as Manu Bennett’s Slade Wilson/Deathstroke and Katie Cassidy’s Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Siren will be returning too. With each of these characters having their own storylines, alongside new players including Rick Gonzalez’s Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog and Juliana Harkavy’s Dinah Drake/Black Canary, it should be a pretty jam-packed season.
Gonzalez and Harkavy’s characters were introduced during season five to critical acclaim and positive fan response. Many are excited to see the new Black Canary take on Black Siren, for example, this season. The new Black Canary’s presence could prove troubling for the potential of Black Siren being redeemed. Last season, television goers saw how the character was and had the chance to learn more about her. The main difference between the Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Canary and the Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Siren is a few key events in her life. It begs the question whether or not she might be able to return back to the hero audiences know she can be.
She may have had to go to drug rehab centers in Texas because she had a substance abuse problem. Maybe, she lost her father and sister. We do not know too much about the new version of Laurel on the show. However, it’s likely we will be filled in on who this version of the character is. She is likely to cause Oliver problems this season. We have to wait and see if she will go back to who exactly she could be and once was.
What happens this season with the return of characters new and old will define the life of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow going into 2018.
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