After general high-approval and praise for the first two seasons of Arrow, the third season can be summed up as divisive at best. Some fans loved the new dynamic while others felt the show lost momentum and focus as it put greater emphasis on the relationship between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Speaking to TV Junkies about upcoming season of Arrow, star Stephen Amell had some cryptic yet interesting responses.
"Well they’ve been away," said Amell, declining to name specifically where Oliver and Felicity are (though fans speculate they were driving to Coast City, home of Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the Season 3 finale). "They are away and I believe they are still away when we get going again." As for whether the show will buck comic book lore and put Oliver and Felicity together permanently (in the comics, Green Arrow and Black Canary are destined to be together), Amell had another cryptic answer. "Well you never know, but I think if anyone has a decent chance it’s Oliver and Felicity. Time will tell."
Amell also clarified his recent comments that Season 4 opens with a time-skip. What he meant was that, like every previous season of Arrow, the real-world passage of time will be reflected in the show. "When I said there was a time jump people were like, ‘Oh my God really?’ I didn’t think that was very spoilery because the show has always followed chronologically when we air. Whenever we’ve taken a break and go off the air from May till October, when we leave it’s May and when we come back it’s October."
And having received the first few scripts of Arrow season 4, there's one thing in particular that Amell is looking forward to watching/filming. "It still feels like our show but there are different elements that I think people are going to enjoy. We get to see some characters interact that weren’t always the closest of friends or interacting on a regular basis which is neat when you’re doing new stuff in the fourth season of a show."
Arrow season 4 returns to CW airwaves on Wednesday, October 4, at 8PM.