He helped save (part of) The Glades and ultimately drove his point home with the Dark Archer, but as Arrow‘s Season 1 finale drew to a close, Oliver Queen chalked up a big one in the loss column — the life of his longtime best friend Tommy Merlyn.
As such, Stephen Amell says that fans of the CW drama should expect to see a “broken Arrow” when Season 2 takes flight this fall. “Not a Broken Arrow as in the Travolta/Christian Slater movie — which I enjoyed — but yeah… Oliver’s not going to be in a good place,” the actor previews.
In saying a tearful goodbye to Tommy — who wound up sacrificing his life to save lady love Laurel’s, as one stretch of The Glades cratered — Oliver sustained “a massive loss,” Amell attests. “But hopefully this will be the impetus for something greater.”
In other words, Tommy’s death may ultimately help birth the superhero Starling City deserves as well as needs.
“There’s a reason why we don’t call [Oliver] Arrow, Green Arrow yet — because he’s not that person,” Amell explains. “He was a vengeful, stubborn myopic individual this year, and he has to grow, because his way didn’t work. He had moments of success but ultimately failed, so he’s got to become a better version of himself.”
Alas, one person whom Oliver may keep at bow’s length as he recoups from The Undertaking and its casualties is Laurel, with whom he had just reunited. Having just lost someone else close to him, “I would think that a gigantic caution flag has been thrown up, for him having any type of meaningful relationship with anybody,” Amell reckons. “If Sara was a big wedge between [Laurel] and Oliver, I can only imagine what would happen because of Tommy.”
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