EXCLUSIVE: ‘Arrow’ Cast Talks Olicity, Oliver’s Journey as a Father & Who Survived the Season 5 Finale!
After almost crashing a Justice League photo shoot at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, the Arrow cast — Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Katie Cassidy, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, and Rick Gonzalez — sat down with ET’s Ash Crossan to dish on all things season six!
Following the explosive season five finale — in which everyone but Oliver and his son, William (Jack Moore), were trapped on Lian Yu as explosions blanketed the island — there are a lot of question marks headed into the upcoming season of The CW’s flagship superhero show. The cast kept mum on their respective fates — appropriately, only Amell spoke up when they were asked point-blank to “raise your hand if you’re alive next season.”
“What am I supposed to say!” he hilariously exclaimed, when pressed for details. “You’re all dead and I can’t talk about it!”
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Amell did tease a “big bad rollout” in Arrow’s upcoming season, and offered some insight on how Oliver will be handling his new role as a father to his son, as William’s mother’s fate also hangs in the balance on Lian Yu.
“William is not a baby… He’s 12 years old, he’s in sixth grade,” the actor said of the complicated dynamic between father and son, who only recently learned of each other. “It’s very interesting to see Oliver as a dad, because William is not totally digging it yet. And he’s going through some stuff, so it’s tough.”
As for the rest of the Arrow crew, they’re looking forward to new business ventures, new love interests, and new super suits — that is, if they survive the Lian Yu blasts.
“I think Felicity needs a job. She needs to be employed,” Rickards offered. “So hopefully we get to see her — not so much in the Helix area, not going down the rabbit hole, but maybe working with Curtis a little bit more?”
The actress also teased her character’s on-again, off-again relationship with Oliver, after the once-engaged pair seemed to be finding their way back to each other before the explosive season five finale. Rickards presented two truths and a lie for “Olicity” in season six, cryptically sharing, “They’re already married, they’re getting married, they’re never getting married.”
Another Team Arrow member fighting for love in the upcoming season is Curtis Holt (Kellum), who got served with divorce papers after coming clean to his husband, Paul, about his “terrific” night job.
“I like to hope that if Curtis did come back, that he would definitely fight to get Paul back,” Kellum admitted. “I think he loves Paul, [but] either way…If not with Paul, then I hope he finds love somewhere else.”
One of the newest members of the vigilante crew is Dinah Drake (Harkavy), the new Black Canary, whose spiffed-up season six suit was recently revealed to fans.
“It was surreal,” the actress said of trying on her new gear for the first time. “It was one of the most empowering and surreal moments I’ve had, not only on the show, but I think ever. I cried.”
“I had a moment to myself, and I took a breath and I was like, ‘This is real and this is a big responsibility. You’re gonna be a hero to some kids, let’s do this.’ It just pumped me up.”
And the rest of the cast had nothing but positivity for Harkavy’s hero journey thus far.
“[Arrow director and stunt coordinator] James Bamford gave her the [Black Canary] staff… and every time we’d hang out, Juliana’s turning the staff, practicing and working on it,” Gonzalez raved. “She’s come a long way.”
So, more staff twirling, more daddy issues, and a possible wedding in season six? We’ll have to wait until the fall to see who’s alive, but the whole cast was excited about their impending move to a later time slot. “There’s gonna be nudity,” Amell joked.
“A lot of nudity,” Kellum added with a laugh. “We can do so much at 9.”
Arrow returns Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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