"As Arrow season 1 comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK, Caroline chats to Arrow star Stephen Amell...
The CW’s Arrow was a surprise hit with comic-book fans and uninitiated viewers last season, and is going into a second run with a new kind of confidence. Star of the show and the man donning the green hood, Stephen Amell, has admirably carried the series on his buff shoulders thus far, and knows better than anyone what an uphill struggle the show had to overcome to get to this point. With success comes speculation, however, and we recently spoke to the actor about fan reactions, Oliver’s love life, incoming characters and what we can expect from season two.
Congratulations on the first season of Arrow – it seems to have done so well with so many audiences, including comic-book fans. How are you dealing with the fandom side of things?
It’s spectacular – we are really blessed to have so many people that care so much about the character, the mythology and the universe that we’re creating because, you know, they’re the life-blood of our fanbase. Initially they were mad that it wasn’t Justin Hartley playing the part, though that’s just the nature of things. I’m sure there were people who didn’t like Justin Hartley in the role, but as soon as it goes to someone else it’s like 'Egh! Who’s this person?' For us to have that fundamental 180-degree shift has been really something. Beyond that, I have a soft spot for meeting youngsters – I’ll take pictures with kids who come to set with the bow and arrow. Just the look on their faces when they see me in costume is really something.
Now that Tommy’s out the picture, where does Laurel and Oliver’s relationship stand?
I think it’s going to be very difficult for them to get over that. To say nothing of the very poignant realisation of how much he cared about her, Tommy was able to say something to Laurel in an honest and forthright manner that Oliver has never been able to... in the way that Oliver never has. I feel as though almost everything, almost every admission, even if it was from the bottom of his heart, may fall flat for her. There may be a tremendous amount of guilt from Oliver because he says, “this should have been me.” I’m not saying that their relationship is going to be impossible to continue, but this is certainly another bump in the road for them.
The CW released over two dozen photos from the October 9th premier episode for Arrow's season 2. The photos include Stephen Amell, Summer Glau, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Celina Jade, Manu Bennett and ...
When Arrow returns for its second season, Oliver may face his toughest rival yet: His ex-girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Arrow Scoop: Glee's Grant Gustin tapped to play the Flash! TVGuide.com has an exclusive first look at the new promo for Season 2, in which Laurel vows to assist the police in catching the Arrow (Stephen Amell). If Tommy's (Colin Donnell) death didn't already put a damper on Oliver and Laurel getting back together, then this certainly will.
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