After the death of season five’s main villain, Prometheus, fans have been wondering just what Arrow has in store for Oliver Queen and the rest of Team Arrow in season six. Based on the words of executive producers Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim at Comic-Con International, it looks like the Emerald Archer will have plenty of trouble on his hands.
With Prometheus’ deeply personal vendetta against Oliver at an end, Guggenheim discussed the difficulty of creating a new foe for Oliver and his team:
How do we top Prometheus? I ask myself that question every day. I’m a big believer that you always try to swing for the fences. At the same time, the more you make it about the fence swinging the more you take your eye off the ball. I think a big part of Arrow is, every year to varying degrees we always put the characters through some kind of grinder. What made Prometheus’ character — apart from Josh [Segura’s] [sic] incredible performance — was we really put Oliver through the meat grinder.
Mericle seemed to place the season six villain in the company of not just Adrian Chase/Prometheus, but another fan-favorite villain, Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, saying “It’s going to be the biggest of all big bads, I can say that.” If the season six villain is on par with Slade and Prometheus, let alone bigger AND badder, fans of Arrow truly have reason to be excited for the upcoming season.
With season five focusing on the personal consequences of Oliver’s actions, Guggenheim continued the meat-grinder analogy by teasing a grander season six, adding:
We’ve got some pretty cool meat grinder moments planned for the season. Hopefully we’ll be here next year and you guys will be asking, ‘How do you top so and so?’ The big creative choice that we made was, this year, the consequences have to be felt not just by Oliver but by the entire team. That’s a big part of the engine that drives Season 6.
Guggenheim reiterated the desire to stick with “the elements that worked last year,” like the “gritty crime stories [and] the grounded tone,” with Mericle adding that the show was “going to really double down on that this year” after the success of season five.
Source: Comic Book Resources
This fall, Arrow moves to Thursday nights at 9/8c, premiering October 12th on The CW.
Arrow – After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family.”