One of the most intriguing lines from the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Arrow's forthcoming sixth season has the weight it does in part because actor Manu Bennett was saying it directly to his co-star, Stephen Amell.
During a recent appearance on MYM Buzz at the MCM Comic Con in London, Bennett was quizzed about a particular line from the trailer, and said that while it obviously has different connotations in the script, he was playing it as talking to Stephen Amell about the challenges of fame.
"It's interesting. When I was looking at Stephen's face when I did that scene, I looked at Stephen," Bennett explained. "I didn't look at Oliver, I looked at Stephen Amell. When I played the scene, I wanted to find as much truth in it as I could....'We walk in two worlds, you and I, but it can't go on forever.' What a statement. What a great statement to say to another man. And it can mean so many things. I don't know him that well, but I've watched his Twitter feed and stuff over the last couple of months, and he was on holiday with his kids. And I've got three daughters. As an actor, it's such a bulls—t world. All this fame or whatever the hell it is, it makes no sense but we have to live with it and he has to live with it. I know once he went to Hawaii and stayed in a hotel and he got so hit by fans all over the place that he had to move out of that hotel and go to another hotel. I know that in his real life he probably struggles with that fame. So when I said to him that line, I kind of slipped out of being Slade and Oliver. I sort of meant to be Manu and Stephen Amell, and I looked at him and I said to him, 'We live in two worlds, you and I, but it can't go on forever.'"
Approaching Amell as a parent is likely key to what the scene meant on the page: the Season Five finale revealed that Deathstroke's son, long believed dead, was in fact alive, and that revelation will presumably pay off in Season Six with ties to what is going on with Oliver's own son, who will be more a part of Oliver's life.
"What I can say is that the theme this season is family, and Slade will definitely be, whether it's flashbacks or present day, we're not 100% sure yet, he'll be dealing with similar debate and similar thematic territory," executive producer Wendy Mericle recently told ComicBook.com.
Arrow will return for its sixth season on The CW on Oct. 12, 2017, with the season premiere episode titled "Fallout." The premiere will mark a move from its traditional Wednesday time slot to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT.