Arrow hasn’t had the the easiest ride since its launch in 2012; the first two seasons were loved by fans and critics with a real buzz surrounding the show. Season 3 is where things began to change; fans felt the show was losing it’s appeal, and the storylines were not strong enough, and this was the same for season 4. There was a glimmer of hope with season 5 which was recieved well by both, but then there was another slump with season 6.
Now that the show is gearing up for season 7, Beth Schwartz, the new showrunner taking over from Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle is planning on taking the show back to its roots whilst building on a new future for the show.
“In the premiere you will find some elements with the Season 1 feel, but you will find other elements that is new, uncharted territory,” the director and stunt coordinator said. “Beth and I had a phone call with BNSP, which is our censors… a very lengthy phone call about a particular scene that we never had before,” Bamford continued. “So we are really trying to push the limits on the show in the gritty factor. We are trying to go as far as you can go within the confines of our network and what is expected of us and what we can and can’t do. We are not on Netflix so we will never be able to X, Y, and Z, but we are damn sure going to try.”
Season 6 of Arrow ended with Oliver Queen being imprisoned for his role as the Arrow in Star City. Oliver faces a new challenge this season as he has enemies in every corner of the prison. With a lot os scenes most likely being set in prison, the show looks set to be harder and grittier, which will tie in to how Schwartz aims to take the show back to the feel of seasons 1 & 2. Arrow season 7 will air October 7th.