The fifth season of CW’s “Arrow” has seen the Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), go up against some of the worst villains the show has had to offer, not the least of which being the mysterious arrow-slinging Prometheus who recently framed the hero for murder. But now Queen is running from something far less tangible: himself.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Amell spoke about the recent troubles Green Arrow has run up against, including the Star City police force putting the hero in their sights when his alter-ego, Queen, is the city’s mayor. As it turns out, that duality of roles and Queen’s past coming back to haunt him play a major role in the remainder of the season.
“Well, it’s interesting what we have coming up," Amell teased. "Oliver gets put into a situation where we’re effectively vilifying the Green Arrow with a lot of things that I’m not entirely sure that we can unpack, in terms of what people are accusing him of, what the mayor’s backing up and saying he did, because he doesn’t have a choice, and it’s a lot for Oliver to deal with as mayor. We actually get to focus on the task of governing Star City, and I’ve really been enjoying it. We’ve actually had multiple episodes where in one episode I’m simply not in the Arrow suit and then multiple episodes where I’m in it for a very, very short period of time, which is a departure for us.
"A lot of things that we’re doing this year feel like a departure for us, and I know that that has created certain elements of angst in the fan base," Amell continued. "People like certain things, but you just have to do it. You have to constantly try new things as a television show.”
While there's no doubt that Queen would like to keep his governmental and vigilante personas separate, that time might be rapidly coming to an end. The series has been renewed for a sixth season, but the situation with Prometheus, recently revealed to be the son of a criminal Green Arrow targeted in the show’s first season, and Queen’s problems with authority look to be making good on the show’s original five-year plan, even in the face of more to come.
Airing on the CW weekly at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, “Arrow” stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance.