Arrow is taking things to the next level when it returns to The CW this fall. Stephen Amell has dropped quite a few hints about how Season 7 will be Arrow’s most intense yet, and now it sounds like producers are on the same page. While Amell revealed that Oliver does something reprehensible this season, stunt coordinator James Bamford teased that one scene almost got censored.
At the end of Season 6, Oliver revealed that he was Green Arrow, a move that landed him in prison with a lot of the criminals he put away. Without any allies to trust, Oliver is going to have a difficult time adjusting to life behind bars. The Season 9 trailer showed us some of the things Oliver has to endure, but Bamford revealed that there were a few scenes that required network approval.
Star City’s vigilante is behind bars. Season 7 premieres Monday, October 15 on The CW. pic.twitter.com/tswHTSJ8XR
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The longtime stunt coordinator explained how the censorship company, BNSP, contacted producer Beth Schwartz about one of the prison scenes involving Amell. Bamford did not go into specifics about the scene, but he characterized it as one of the grittiest ones they have ever done on the show. We can only image what the scene in question entails, but Amell did talk about something Oliver does this season that is unimaginable.
According to Comic Book, Amell teased that things will get pretty dark for Oliver in the Season 9 premiere. The actor did not reveal what Oliver finds himself doing while he is stuck in prison, but it sounds like there is no turning back for the vigilante.
“One scene in the premiere, what Oliver does is reprehensible,” Stephen Amell shared during a panel in San Diego. “There’s nothing about him that is heroic at all [in the episode].”
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Although Oliver and his team are headed for some dark place, there are a few positive things to look forward to in the coming season. This includes another massive crossover between Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash. Perhaps even more exciting, the crossover will introduce a new character in the mix in Ruby Rose’s Batwoman.
The CW has not launched its Batwoman series, but the crossover is expected to solidify her as a character moving forward. Sadly, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lighting will not be a part of the crossover.
Season 7 of Arrow is scheduled to premiere on The CW Oct. 15. The opening episode this season is titled, “Inmate 4587.”