Bring­ing change to The Hood

Stephen Amell, the star of re­veals that a shift in the caped avenger’s fo­cus and added dy­nam­ics make this sea­son more thrilling than the first

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OLIVER Queen has a rough road ahead on Ar­row, Sea­son 2 of which airs Fri­days on M-Net at 7.30pm.

In hon­our­ing Tommy’s death through his vow not to kill again as he re­as­sumes his perch as The Hood, Oliver’s path to be­com­ing a hero is paved with dead ends and de­tours. With Queen Con­sol­i­dated vul­ner­a­ble, Roy Harper at­tempt­ing to be the city’s sav­ing grace and Lau­rel des­per­ate to lock the vig­i­lante away for good, time isn’t on Oliver’s side.

And that’s not all. This sea­son also sees the rise of his neme­sis Is­abel Rochev (Sum­mer Glau) and the tricky Black Ca­nary ( Caity Lotz), with much to re­veal in up­com­ing episodes. As the al­ter-ego of Di­nah Drake, the ac­tress will play a love in­ter­est for the hero.

Stephen Amell talks about play­ing a char­ac­ter who isn’t “chas­ing a ghost” any more and get­ting put in “pre­car­i­ous” sit­u­a­tions.

How sig­nif­i­cantly has the loss of Tommy af­fected Oliver and his jour­ney to be­com­ing the Green Ar­row?

His jour­ney now has to be about hon­our­ing Tommy and try­ing to be­come the ver­sion of him­self that Tommy hopes he would be.

For a lot of char­ac­ters, not just Oliver, there’s a tremen­dous sense of guilt. Oliver tried to save Tommy but he couldn’t. To a larger ex­tent, he put Tommy in harm’s way to be­gin with. If Mal­colm (John Bar­row­man) dies in episode 16, then the Un­der­tak­ing never hap­pens and Tommy sur­vives.

He (Tommy) re­mains a piv­otal part of the show; we can’t just gloss over him dy­ing like that.

Oliver is put in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion at the end of the sec­ond episode.

He is. At the be­gin­ning of episode three, we pick up right where we left off. Pre­car­i­ous.

Roy Harper’s (Colton Haynes) started on the road to be­com­ing Ar­row’s side­kick, what’s that like for him?

Colton’s killing it this year. We don’t have a ton of scenes to­gether so when I see his stuff, I al­ways find my­self laugh­ing. I think he brings a lot of hu­mour to the Roy char­ac­ter. In a fu­ture episode Oliver refers to him as “an er­rand boy”, and I wouldn’t say that (Oliver) just con­sid­ers him to be an er­rand boy, but it’s not that im­por­tant of a job. But to Roy, it’s like he’s part of a team now.

Oliver’s just try­ing to give him a pur­pose and hop­ing to keep him out of trou­ble. The ele­phant in the room is his prox­im­ity to Thea (Willa Hol­land) that’s what re­ally wor­ries Oliver. It’s the same rea­son he doesn’t re­veal him­self to Lau­rel and why he was so afraid to re­veal him­self to Tommy: be­cause prox­im­ity to the vig­i­lante is dan­ger­ous.

As Roy gets closer to the vig­i­lante, Thea is in more and more dan­ger. That’s even­tu­ally go­ing to be­come a fac­tor this year.

Oliver has to to go up against pow­er­ful busi­ness­woman Is­abel Rochev at Queen Con­sol­i­dated, what’s that like for him?

He’s not try­ing to pull the wool over any­one’s eyes. He’s le­git­i­mately try­ing to save the com­pany. It does mean a great deal to him. It’s an ex­ten­sion of his fam­ily, and he’s the per­son who rep­re­sents his fam­ily now.

He’s try­ing to make good for his com­pany, his fam­ily and Is­abel. As it hap­pens, he has another job (too). He can’t say to her, “I’m the vig­i­lante and that’s why I’m not here”. He just has to ap­pear to be a fail­ure, and some of that is ir­re­spon­si­ble. He’s work­ing to earn her trust, but it’s not hap­pen­ing as quickly as he’d like.

Felicity ( Emily Bett Rickards) has se­cured her spot in Oliver’s in­ner cir­cle, along­side Dig­gle ( David Ram­sey). What can we ex­pect to see with Felicity and Oliver work­ing more in tan­dem?

Their re­la­tion­ship is evolv­ing. She is a fullfledged mem­ber of Team Ar­row now and she’s not afraid to give her opin­ion.

She’s smart and ca­pa­ble and Oliver’s start­ing to see that more and more. That re­la­tion­ship will con­tinue to strengthen through­out the sea­son.

Is there more fo­cus on the sup­port­ing play­ers?

We’ve done an episode – I think episode six – that’s Dig­gle-cen­tric. It’s his episode. In many ways episode three is De­tec­tive Lance’s ( Paul Black­thorne) and in episode the fo­cus is fully on some­one that I can’t name.

It’s very ex­cit­ing to utilise the rest of the cast more this year. It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how peo­ple re­act to that. – theWrap/SMtv

TRICK­STER: Caity Lotz is the Black Ca­nary.

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