Arrow's Stephen Amell shoots down major theory surrounding Oliver's return

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Jan 20, 2015, 2:31 PM EST (Updated)

Most fans thought they had a handle on where Arrow was heading after that shocking midseason finale. Turns out we were all wrong.

Spoilers ahead for the current season of Arrow!

The hit CW series delivered one of its most shocking moments during the recent midseason finale, which saw title character Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) take a sword to the chest and fall off a mountain. Seemingly to his death, as fans spent the next several hours picking their jaws up off the floor. 

But, this being a comic-book show and all, you’d have to think he’ll return at some point. Factor in the fact that DC legend Ra’s al Ghul, who famously stays alive for hundreds of years thanks to the magic of the Lazarus Pit, is the man who killed him — and it’d seem we have an obvious deus ex machina in the works.

Apparently, that’s not the case. In a chat with Collider, Amell confirmed they will not be using the Lazarus Pit to bring Oliver back to life, though he was quick to point out the series has introduced other mystical elements that could be used for healing. Check out an excerpt below, where Amell also talks about how the arc will affect the other characters on the show during his apparent absence from Starling City:

“We had a very full discussion about the third season, back in late June or early July, and they said, ‘The first arc of our season will commence with Sara’s death, and will end with Oliver facing Ra’s al Ghul and losing.’ I personally love when there is adversity for the protagonists.  And when we give other characters on the show an opportunity to acquit themselves and to come more into leading roles. We’re 50-plus episodes into the show, and if we don’t give other characters an opportunity to shoulder the load, then we give nothing for the viewers to attach themselves to. So, I’m excited for everyone’s opportunity…

We just saw him fall. We’ve seen Oliver survive. So, [we don’t know] whether he went straight off the cliff, whether something broke his fall, whether he hit the ground. We have mystical herbs on the show that have healing powers. We’ve seen a Lazarus Pit, although that’s not something that’s going to be used for Oliver. I hope he survives. I like playing him.”

Obviously, it’s almost certainly a matter of when, as opposed to whether, they bring Amell back. The Arrow producers have made some risky moves with this series, but killing off the title hero? Probably a step (or three) too far, even for them. Our guess would be he’s not dead and is nursed back from the brink, or there’s some other mystical element in play to bring him back.

But the big question: How do you think they’ll bring Oliver back from his apparent death?

Arrow returns this Wednesday night on The CW.

(Via Collider)