We know a few sparse things about Arrow’s seventh season, with even those points leaning heavily on the rumor mill, but we do know that -- at the advocation of its star -- the seminal modern CW superhero show will be taking some risks.
Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, is pushing his writers to make some tough choices and live a little -- because there’s no guarantee they’ll be back for a season after this. He expressed this desire in an interview with the Australian publication The Music, saying that they “have a new showrunner this year, Beth Schwartz, who’s been with the show since Season 1,” which comes from some shakeups at the top after co-creator Andrew Kreisberg left in the wake of harassment allegations.
That change and the instability that comes along with it (and the cast that’s rotating more than ever) made Amell take the opportunity to ask the writers of the show to let loose. “[The writers] have a very clear vision of what they want Season 7 to be, and what I asked them to do – and it’s not up to me – but what I asked of them is to not just assume that we have an eighth season. I wanted them to write like, ‘If you have a good idea, and you have something you’ve always wanted to do or see on the show, then just do it! Do it right now!’”
Amell continued by saying that, of what he’s heard from the writers’ room thus far, they seem to be taking his suggestion to heart. “I think that’s one of the things I’m getting out of what they’ve planned for Season 7 -- we’re not writing like we’re guaranteed something beyond this, because we’re not; nobody is,” Amell said. “I want them to really push forward and take the fact we have a certain license and a certain respect from the fans to take some chances.”
What these chances could be -- killing off characters, having them get away happily ever after -- it makes little difference to Amell as long as they work. “Obviously, you want to lean into things that you think fans would want, right?” Amell says. “Concurrently, I’m all for things that make fans mad, because mad is no different than happy. The only thing that I don’t want is indifference.”
Fans will be able to judge for themselves, happy, mad, or in between, when Arrow returns to The CW this fall on Monday nights.