Arrow's Stephen Amell on his return to Starling City, what's next for Ra's al Ghul

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

After leaving our collective jaws on the floor following the midseason finale, Arrow returned with a vengeance last week. So, what’s next?

Spoilers ahead for the current season of Arrow!

So, despite what appeared to be a fatal stabbing and fall from a cliff, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is still alive — and slowly recuperating from the beating he took at the hands of Ra’s al Ghul. In his absence, everyone from Arsenal to Black Canary 2.0 (and of course Diggle) has been fighting to keep the streets of Starling City clean.

The teaser for this week’s episode already seemed to reveal Oliver’s return, but Amell told Variety his homecoming won’t be quite as easy as one might expect:

“It’s rocky… Because all of them, when I’m gone, have to decide if they’re doing this because it was for me or if they’re doing this for them… So me coming back and just being dictatorial and ‘my way or the highway’ is just not going to work ... I think he comes back a little more soft-spoken, a little humbled and forced to do things and work with people that he never would have considered working with before. I wouldn’t go so far as to say he has to make a deal with the devil, but pretty close.”

But back to the guy who kicked Arrow’s butt and tossed him off a cliff — Ra’s al Ghul. Matt Nable has absolutely killed it (literally) in his portrayal of the classic Batman and DC baddie, and Amell had a bit to say about the show’s version of Ra’s and how the writers have tried to embrace the gray areas:

“The thing I like about Ra’s al Ghul and Matt Nable’s Ra’s al Ghul — I think Matt’s fantastic — [is] it’s really difficult to say whether or not he’s a villain. I mean, what did he do wrong? He has a code. Malcolm Merlyn [John Barrowman] did something terrible: he wants him dead. Okay. Somebody killed his daughter’s great love: he wants that person dispatched. Fair enough. So, eventually, when the second confrontation happens, Ra’s’ reaction to Oliver should really take us all very much by surprise.”

Arrow airs Wednesday night on The CW. What do you think of the current season?

(Via Variety)