It’s pretty clear at this point that many people didn’t enjoy the 4th season of “Arrow.” As it turns out, Stephen Amell not only feels the same way, but also thinks that if nothing changes going forward, we may not see much of “Arrow” again.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly for their latest issue, Amell discussed some of the problems that he thought “Arrow” had experienced. Mainly, he attributed the decline of the show to its handling of tone. Amell says that in order to get back to its successful formula, they must go back to the roots of the show.
“There’s a lull in any relationship, where you have a come-to-Jesus moment, and that happened to me in Season 4,” Amell said. “We are a street-level crime-fighting show. We’re at our best when we’re focused on those things.”
While many fans wouldn’t love to hear it, Amell went on to deliver a dose of harsh reality for the show when he described the series as “at a crossroads” after the negatively-received Season 4. “We’re either going to do what we do and do it well, or it’s the last year,” he said. “If we find the magic formula — which is not magic, it’s just hard work and playing to your strengths — then the show could go on for a really long time.”
No matter what happens, Amell believes the 5th season is a true test for them. “I do really believe that this season is sort of a throw-down-the-gauntlet year for us, where we’re either going to do what we do and do it well or it’s the last year.”
Obviously, there’s no insider word on whether or not the show should fear being cancelled, especially seeing as how the CW has gone to various lengths to establish its own superhero world. However, shows have been cancelled for stranger reasons, and when one of your main stars is petitioning for a change of pace, it might be wise to listen.
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