There is one important question Stephen Amell asks himself whenever he evaluates Oliver Queen's storyline in Season Six of Arrow, and it is one he says fans would likely appreciate, since it boils down to whether Oliver has grown as a character since the pilot.
Amell, who started playing Oliver Queen in 2012, made the revelation after being asked about more "classic" elements of the Green Arrow character which have yet to make the jump from comics to the small screen.
"I think that some of the more classic elements can start to come to the forefront now," Amell told his audience at FanExpo Canada this past weekend. "We've always been telling our own story, but we are not conjoined anymore to his backstory."
He then took a turn for the somewhat more philosophical, addressing what has changed in the way he depicts Oliver this season, saying that he tries to put himself in the viewer's place.
"The thing I ask myself whenever I'm reading a script this year and it comes down to an Oliver-based issue is, 'is he handling this like someone who has learned lessons along the way?'" Amell admitted. "If he's not, then we change it because if he hasn't taken away stuff from everything that has happened in the last five years, including and especially what happened at the end of Season Five, then if I were a viewer, I would be like 'All right, enough with this guy.'"
Arrow is entering its sixth season, and little is known about the plot, which left off with an explosion that rocked the island of Lian Yu while nearly all of Oliver's supporting cast were there. While some characters have been confirmed as returning in Season Six (notably Wild Dog and Black Canary, whose actors were upgraded to series regulars, and Deathstroke, whose name appears in the title of an upcoming episode), producers have been trying their best not to spoil ahead to who may have perished (or not) in the explosion.
New episodes of Arrow will leave their regular Wednesday time slot this season, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. after new episodes of Supernatural instead.