Warning: This story contains major spoilers from both The Flash and Arrow. Read at your own risk.
Looks like the Queen family might be expanding for once.
Laurel may be suiting up in a new Black Canary costume, but Arrow fans be warned: The novice is far from being a hero.
Malcolm Merlyn is returning to the scene of his most horrendous and heinous crime: Starling City.
What’s left of the Queen family will be reunited this week as Oliver (Stephen Amell) travels to Corto Maltese—also the name of Wednesday’s Arrow episode—to track down his missing sister, Thea (Willa Holland). The youngest Queen heir left Starling City at the close of season 2 with her real father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), otherwise known as the Dark Archer, Ollie’s sworn enemy whom he believes to be dead.
After last night’s heart-stopping, shocking, action-packed Arrow finale, we caught up with some of the show’s stars on the red carpet at the CW Upfront to talk about what just happened, what comes next, and all things Canary.
Stephen Amell on Olicity: “Think back to what Oliver said in the sixth episode, which is, ‘Because of what we do, I can’t be with someone I could really care about,’ and I think that that remains true. So I don’t necessarily think that it was a total bait-and-switch.”
Amell on how Oliver will react to losing Thea: “Based on the fact that Oliver has lost both his mother and his father, Thea’s going to be incredibly important to him, so if she’s not what he expects, that’s going to be really difficult for him to deal with.” READ FULL STORY
When we last left Starling City, it was being terrorized by Slade’s Mirakuru soldiers. Oliver and his team had injected Roy with the cure, Thea had fired a gun, and Amanda Waller had scheduled a drone strike to level the entire city. And that was just in Arrow‘s penultimate episode.
“We stretched [the finale] out this year. It was a long three episodes because essentially, our last three episodes — save for the last act of the season — take place over the course of one night,” Stephen Amell tells EW. “So the wardrobe department had it relatively easy because no one changed. But yeah we did absolutely save the best for last. This is our best episode of the season for sure.”
What exactly does Arrow‘s season 2 finale have in store for viewers? Check out our chat with Amell below:
Those who visit Stephen Amell’s Facebook page know that the Arrow star has already said “The Promise,” airing March 5, is the “grandest, most challenging and most difficult episode” he’s filmed. We got another tease about the island-centric hour when he popped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXm 105) this week. Listen to him describe an epic shot — and what made him nervous about it — below.
Catch the full interview Monday, Jan. 27 at 12:45 p.m. ET on The TV Editors Hour. Spoiler alert: Stephen, father of three-month old Mavi (short for Maverick), also reveals whether his cousin Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) has changed a diaper. READ FULL STORY
On the Arrow season 1 DVD, which is out today, there’s talk of what the show might do down the line with Laurel (Katie Cassidy) as Black Canary. See an exclusive clip from the extras below. But in the meantime, producers will begin the Black Canary mythology in the Oct. 9 season 2 premiere with Caity Lotz in the role. “She’s a new player in town, a vigilante who avenges wronged women and seems to have a fixation on the Arrow and our team is trying to figure out why,” exec producer Andrew Kreisberg says. (Because it’s a mystery that may take a few episodes to solve, we’d encourage you not to read that particular spoiler online. It’ll be more fun to play along.)
As for what awaits Laurel in season 2, which picks up five months after the earthquake that leveled the Glades: “Both Laurel and Oliver are dealing with the death of Tommy. Even though Tommy had broken up with her, she really feels like she betrayed Tommy by sleeping with Oliver — and certainly after Tommy died trying to save her,” Kreisberg says. “So Laurel’s energy this season early on is to try to make amends for that. Unfortunately for Oliver, that means she wants to catch the vigilante in her new job as the District Attorney. So as she and Oliver are trying to deal with their respective grief at having betrayed and lost Tommy, their hunting each other at night. It’s a new and fun dynamic for us to put them in.”
The CW knows its audience, and since we’ve already posted one shirtless photo of Arrow star Stephen Amell today, we’re not complaining. Check out the four badass posters of Amell, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett, and Colton Haynes to promote season 2. The tagline is “Coming Back Strong,” so the gun (and abs) show is not gratuitous. At least that’s how we would have sold it in the pitch meeting. (Correction: We would have voted for our colleague Sandra Gonzalez’s suggestion: The CW’s Hump Day.) READ FULL STORY
Cousins Stephen Amell, 32, and Robbie Amell, 25, are used to having “Football Sundays” together, but starting Oct. 9, they’ll share something else: “Amell Wednesdays.”
The CW will air their action-packed dramas back-to-back (the returning Arrow at 8 p.m., followed by The Tomorrow People at 9 p.m.). We chatted with them for EW’s Fall TV Preview issue, on newsstands now. Read that Q&A to find out who’s shirtless in more episodes this season (so far) and where Robbie falls on the list of people Stephen will call to babysit (his wife, Cassandra Jean, is expecting their first child later this year). In the meantime, here’s more.
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Oliver Queen hasn’t had an easy life. Well, he sort of did, up until he lost his father and was shipwrecked on an island. Now, he’s dedicated his life to righting his father’s wrongs and protecting Starling City. The bad news is that doesn’t always work out so well. In Arrow‘s season one finale, we saw the complete demolition of The Glades. People lost their homes, and Oliver lost Tommy, his best friend.
But in a new promo for season two, The Hood isn’t ready to give up just yet. As he put it, “We all lost something in this fight.” And now that the battle’s over, it’s time to continue the war. This time, Oliver’s “trying another way.” What exactly that means is yet to be determined, but the preview shows quite a bit of action, both on the island (cue flashbacks!) and in Starling City. It also shows a pretty steamy kiss, but sadly, it doesn’t involve Laurel and Oliver.
All we know is that “When the hood goes up, you better pray,” because Oliver is only getting started: “What doesn’t kill me only makes me sharper.”
Watch the season two preview below: READ FULL STORY
He may play the reluctant hero on CW’s Arrow, but Stephen Amell has his sights set on a more sinister role in the future.
“I would like to play a [movie] villain that people know,” says Amell, who is one of the rising stars featured in EW’s New Hollywood Issue (on stands now). “The villain that people wear on t-shirts.”
What else is on his career bucket list? EW asked the actor divulge everything from his dream co-star to his tips for tweeting while famous (@amellywood has 172,292 followers–and counting). READ FULL STORY
SPOILER ALERT: THIS POST CONTAINS PLOT DETAILS FROM THE SEASON FINALE OF ARROW
So that’s what they meant by epic. Arrow‘s first season finale, “Sacrifice,” delivered on several of the cryptic teases dropped by the show’s creative team and cast over the last few weeks, including a giant explosion, a giant earthquake, and a genuinely affecting death. We got Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim, who developed the show with Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, on the phone to talk about next season and the fall-out from the death and destruction.