When you are a show several years into its run, one of the biggest challenges that you face is trying to figure out if there is a way to continue surprising the audience. They know your patterns, your tricks, and also the style of the writing.
This is why “Arrow” deserves a little bit of credit for the twist at the end of the season premiere: Flashing forward to give you a sight of Oliver Queen and Barry Allen standing over the grave of someone. Oliver reflects over everything that happened to get him to this point, and seems slightly more accepting than he has been for some other deaths in the past. He realizes that role that he has, but also the willingness of others to be a part of the team. This season, it feels like a certain aspect of the darkness has been lifted.
The question still remains as to who is going to be killed off, and for the time being nobody is giving much in the way of a hint. As a matter of fact, Stephen Amell tells TVLine that he really does see this as a situation where almost anyone can go:
“You can kill off anyone … Modern television has proven to us that you can literally kill off anyone.”
We’ve heard the names Diggle, Thea, and even Felicity mentioned by many as possibilities, but the name that is probably at the top of everyone’s suspect list is Captain Lance. Parents rarely last on this show a long time, and by working alongside Damien Darhk Quentin already has himself in a bad position. It’s probably great as a result of this that Paul Blackthorne has such a tremendous attitude about it all. This is what he tells the website:
“One has to be philosophical about these things if you’re an actor on a TV show and you see various characters dying each year … You have to think, ‘What if it’s going to be mine this year? If it’s going to be mine this year, it’s going to be mine this year.’”
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