Oliver’s going to have some new skills in “Arrow” season 4, as Stephen Amell teased in the press room at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, but they won’t be what you’ve seen from him before. Plus, there’s a new element coming to the show that is going to factor into this season’s flashbacks.
Five months have passed when the new season picks up, and “Oliver has learned a bunch of new skills,” Amell revealed, as you can see in our video above or here. “Typically when we come back from a hiatus, it’s a new suit or a new bow” – he does have a new suit, as Amell revealed at the panel – “but this time around, almost all the skills pertain to domestic life.” In the time that has passed, he continued, Oliver and Felicity have “traveled, and I believe that they’ve settled, and it’s interesting to learn who has enjoyed this process more.”
While Felicity did have that line in the last scene of the season 3 finale about an annulment, don’t be too worried about it. “I don’t think that weddings at knife point and in Nanda Parbat, lorded over by a sorceress really count in the grand scheme of things,” Amell pointed out. As for Oliver and Nyssa’s dynamic in the new season, while there is a “truce” of sorts between them – she was only upset he killed her father because she wanted to do it – remember, it’s because of Oliver that Malcolm Merlyn, Nyssa’s mortal enemy, is now the head of the League. “I’m sure when I see her, it’s not going to be high fives and hugs,” he added.
Speaking of that deal Oliver made with Malcolm, Amell said, “I don’t think that this was a bargain that Oliver enjoyed making with Malcolm, just like taking Diggle’s wife and endangering their child wasn’t something that he enjoyed doing, but he did it, because in his mind, the end justified the means.” But will that change with season 4? Oliver may be a “different guy” when he returns to the city in season 4, “but when the rubber hits the road, when push comes to shove, when people he cares about are in danger, that sort of primal instinct that he’s already had, I would suspect it would rear its relatively handsome head,” he teased.
So what does bring Oliver and Felicity back? “Impending doom, as it always does,” Amell said. “Our show is our show. I’m not going to spend 5 episodes in domestic bliss in nowhere town. The show is the show. We come back, five months have happened, and conveniently, right when we pick back up again, I get activated, so to speak.”
Season 4 is going to be introducing the element of magic, mysticism, and Amell previewed, “Oliver alludes very early on in the season that this is something he has seen before, so clearly that will play into this year’s flashbacks for him.”
For more from Stephen Amell on the new season, watch the video. “Arrow” season 4 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. this fall on the CW.