After a three week break, The CW’s Arrow returns next week and there is a lot viewers can look forward to. TVLine’s Matt Webb Miltovich recently visited the set of Arrow in Vancouver and spoke with several of the key actors and producers, talking about recent events, upcoming developments, as well specifics including the evolution of Deathstroke as well as the special “Suicide Squad” episode centering on John Diggle. When asked about the growth of Team Arrow on the hit series, the Green Arrow himself Stephen Amell told TVLine that while it does get crowded there is some order.
“It’s not a very big cave,” Amell explains. “[But] there’s myself, Diggle and Felicity – and everybody else for the moment is just kind of a visitor.”
That secondary status is palpable for Roy Harper, according to Colton Haynes who plays that role.
“Roy is tired of not being delegated the right amount of work -- he's almost still being treated like an errand boy," says the former Teen Wolf star."So he starts to get into some arguments with the others."
Haynes does say that viewers can look forward to more training sessions between Harper and Queen, although they may not make it into a Rocky-style montage anytime soon.
“[Roy’s training] is going to be pretty bad for the rest of the season," admits Haynes. "He's not gonna be a quick learner!"
One character who seemingly has all the training he’ll ever need is Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson. While Amell would neither confirm nor deny a showdown between Green Arrow and Slade this season, he does compare the upcoming season 2 episode “The Promise” to the fast-paced season 1 episode “Odyssey.”
When asked if Deathstroke is being built up as Arrow’s primary arch nemesis or will continue to be a background player, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim says that could be in the cards for the future – but not in the current season. Guggenheim says that Manu Bennett is the “Big Bad” of season 2 as Macolm Merlyn was the primary antagonist of season 1.
TVLine also asked several questions about the budding relationship between Oliver and Sara Lance, especially given Queen’s previous statements to Felicity about not wanting to date someone he could develop feelings for. According to Amell, Queen sees Felicity as much more vulnerable to spillover from his vigilante life while Sara is able to adequately protect herself.
"Part of what Oliver said to Felicity in that episode is that he doesn't know if he's willing to open himself up to having feelings for her, if in fact he does, because the danger is so imminent when you're in close proximity to him,” Amell states. “Him working with her and her working with him is one thing, but a relationship is another."
Many fans are looking forward to the March 19, 2014 episode, “Suicide Squad,” given the obvious connotations with that title. David Ramsey, who plays John Diggle, is one of those as well.
“[That episode] is all me, all day, 24 hours - a whole hour of Diggle!” the actor says with a laugh. Ramsey reports with a laugh. In addition to flashing back to a Diggle/Lila/Afghanistan adventure that Oliver's No. 1 related during Season 1, "There's a bigger story with the Suicide Squad and ... their involvement perhaps with Team Arrow in the future. There's a lot of set-up for the season finale.... Big stuff."