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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 2, Part 1: Fandom Reactions, Oliver and Laurel's Relationship, and the Return of Malcolm Merlyn?

With the season premiere two weeks away, Stephen Amell has sat down with Den of Geek to give a lengthy interview about what to expect this upcoming season of Arrow.

Congratulations on the first season of Arrow – it seems to have done so well with so many audiences, including comic-book fans. How are you dealing with the fandom side of things?

It’s spectacular – we are really blessed to have so many people that care so much about the character, the mythology and the universe that we’re creating because, you know, they’re the life-blood of our fanbase. Initially they were mad that it wasn’t Justin Hartley playing the part, though that’s just the nature of things. I’m sure there were people who didn’t like Justin Hartley in the role, but as soon as it goes to someone else it’s like 'Egh! Who’s this person?' For us to have that fundamental 180-degree shift has been really something. Beyond that, I have a soft spot for meeting youngsters – I’ll take pictures with kids who come to set with the bow and arrow. Just the look on their faces when they see me in costume is really something.

Now that Tommy’s out the picture, where does Laurel and Oliver’s relationship stand?

I think it’s going to be very difficult for them to get over that. To say nothing of the very poignant realisation of how much he cared about her, Tommy was able to say something to Laurel in an honest and forthright manner that Oliver has never been able to... in the way that Oliver never has. I feel as though almost everything, almost every admission, even if it was from the bottom of his heart, may fall flat for her. There may be a tremendous amount of guilt from Oliver because he says, “this should have been me.” I’m not saying that their relationship is going to be impossible to continue, but this is certainly another bump in the road for them.

Can you confirm or deny any possible return for either Tommy or Malcolm Merlyn in the future?

Time has proven that it’s very difficult to kill John Barrowman. I don’t know if he’ll be back, I don’t know if that character is gone forever, but Tommy’s dead. People are sad but we really wanted to honour that character and I for one really do think that would be taking a little bit too much from our audience – if we were to try to put them through what we put them through with that final scene, and then turn around and say 'nope, just kidding', that would be difficult to forgive.


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