The dust has barely settled on all of the huge developments in The CW’s Arrow’s first season finale, but series star Stephen Amell has no trouble looking ahead, to the even bigger and better season he know will unfold come fall.
“I think the story on the island is really mapped out. If you talk to Andrew and Marc, they would say that this year in episode 5, when we introduced Edward Fyers and faux-Deathstroke, Andrew Wintergreen– and that was when Yao Fei rescued me, and I was tortured a little bit—that was when they really discovered what the island could be. And we’ve pushed it that far, but I think they have a really cool idea and really have it mapped out for what the island’s going to be in season two, and that will hopefully push us towards a couple of those episodes like episode 14 where it’s a little bit more island-centric,” Amell said when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him in Los Angeles.
“As for season two in the present day, I kind of know where we find Moira, Detective Lance, and [Laurel]*; I have no idea where Oliver is at all. At all. They had an idea for the first scene, but it’s something different than anything you’d expect. And I don’t know when Comic Con is in relation to when we start our season, but I would hope it would be something we could film and just air as like a 90 second teaser at Comic Con. It would be one of those ‘Oh my God’ moments!”
* And based on the events of the finale, you do, too, right?
But what Amell did promise about his hooded hero was that he would continue to grow, evolve, and become more efficient at what he does as time goes on. After all, it took him five years on the island to become the experienced shooter and martial arts fighter he is now, but back in Starling City things move at a different pace. Here, too, Oliver is still adjusting and earning the ability to be great.
“We really view Oliver right now as The Hood or Arrow 1.0, and that goes along with the season. He’s living in the year 2013, and he’s using a wood bow that he made on the island! Things are going to change with him as time goes on. You always gotta introduce new gadgets! That’s what Felicity’s going to be for! She’s going to research some cool, new thing that I’m going to use. So I do think there could be a mask [for example]. I know that there’s no firm plans for it, but Andrew and Marc are also not saying ‘Absolutely no mask ever!’ It’s an evolutionary thing,” Amell said.
If Amell gets his way, season two of Arrow will also feature the return of some familiar faces (“We can’t have seen the last of The Count! At least I hope not! Maybe he finds a way to fix the receptors in his brain or something like that,” Amell said), as well as a few key moments in Oliver’s relationships, like relating to his little sister on an actual adult level, for once.
“Willa is such a fantastic actor, and I feel like she’s just sitting there waiting to be really utilized. In the first few episodes she was trying to get me to open up, and then we basically just stopped having meaningful conversations and adult conversations, which is something that Oliver and Thea have never had; I mean, she was twelve or thereabouts when he left on the Queen’s Gambit! So I think it will be exciting, in the coming seasons, to put them more on an adult level because she is so capable and is going to be a huge asset for the show, even more so than now,” Amell said.
But perhaps tops on his list? That Oliver finally move out of the Queen mansion! He certainly has the money to afford his own place, and after living on the island for five years, he doesn’t need such a huge, decadent space anyway. But Amell pointed out that more than any of that– and regardless of Oliver’s feelings toward his mother and how her involvement in everything has tainted his childhood home– “He’s 30 years old; he needs to get his own apartment!”
Arrow will return to The CW in the fall of 2013. What do you want to see in the second season of Arrow? Sound off in the comments below! And be sure to also check out our video chat with Amell on how he’ll personally prepare for season two, perhaps differently from how he did the first season.
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