Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) isn’t just a masked vigilante on “Arrow” — he’s now a politician as well. After throwing his hat in the Star City mayoral race, things are sure to get very interesting for Oliver and his loved ones — who’s stepping up to support him, though?
Speaking to Zap2it and a number of media outlets on the set of “Arrow,” Amell reveals that Team Arrow finding out about his bid to be mayor isn’t exactly met with a warm reception. “They’re slightly incredulous,” he says.
Luckily, they get used to the idea. Of Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Amell teases, “She’s very supportive of it. it galvanizes their relationship.” That’s bound to be good news for fans of the series. There’s nothing quite like politics that could tear a couple apart.
Surprisingly, there’s someone else the campaign brings Oliver closer to. “It actually works well with his relationship with Thea (Willa Holland) as well, because she becomes involved in his campaign,” Amell says. Now that she got a bit of that blood lust out of her system thanks to dear old dad (John Barrowman), perhaps this means Thea is going to return to a bit of normalcy for now.
Another shock is how Lance (Paul Blackthorne) will take the news. While Amell says initially Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is opposed to Oliver spilling the beans to her father, the outcome is far better than you’d expect.
“Oliver Queen running for mayor is quite an interesting thing for Lance,” Blackthorne says. “I’ve found Lance is quite proud of him. As we’ve been doing these episodes, I was feeling like Lance has this fatherly pride that [Oliver] is actually stepping into the light and doing it for real now.”
Of course, not everyone’s excited to see Oliver gaining more power in Star City.
“As we saw in the second episode this year, [Damien] Darhk does not react too kindly to people running for mayor,” Amell says. “He doesn’t want anyone to be mayor. He doesn’t want any galvanizing force or goodness in the city.”
That is, unless he can find a way to exploit it.
“Damien thinks that’s just the greatest thing on earth. ‘Oh, we’ve got this nice guy, good-looking guy, he’s running for mayor and I’m going to use him for whatever I need,'” Neal McDonough says of his character. “If he’s not going to do what I ask him to do, I have to do something to this Oliver Queen guy.”
Clearly Oliver isn’t about to bend to the will of the man making life miserable for the Green Arrow. With a confrontation with Darhk brewing for both of his identities, Oliver is headed for some serious trouble.
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.