“The reason Oliver is on the final page of Count of Monte Cristo isn’t merely because this is his final day in prison. Oliver is renouncing vengeance and judgment just like Edmond Dantes did at the end of his journey. It is a more hopeful outlook on humanity and will make Oliver a better man. It will make him a superhero”
@jbuffyangel | Arrow 7×07 Review
“But the old Green Arrow wasn’t the best. He saw the world in black and white. But now you, you know there’s grey out there too. Maybe that makes you a better hero.”
-Arrow 7×07 Slabside Redemption
“[Olicity] their relationship will [not] be without its own obstacles this season… Their marriage will definitely be tested in upcoming episodes. For their arc [this season], what I like about it the most is we’re really going for the real struggles in marriage, so that’s kind of where we’re approaching their relationship. It’s going to feel really authentic”
“If I leave I’m a fugitive forever. I won’t do that to my family”
Oliver to Talia | Arrow 7×05
He is right, I wonder how the writers will redeem him if he escapes…
This season feels very different. It feels very bold. It feels like, in my mind, it’s taking one of the things we did in Season 4, where we introduced [a tease] someone was in the grave. It’s not doing anything like that, but that to me always felt like a bold choice.
Even when we introduced Caity Lotz’s character, you think the biggest thing is going to be her seeing [her father] Quentin, so we’re not going to do that for a very long time. And then all of a sudden it happens. It feels like we’re making a lot of those choices, and that’s been very, very invigorating for me, because I never want to be safe. I’m of the mindset if you have a good idea, let’s do it. Season 8 is promised to no one. It’s been very refreshing, and it feels like we’re pushing the envelope this year.
What’s Oliver’s like with the team when he gets out of prison — what is his relationship with the population of Star City? He’s outed now; he outed himself. What does that mean? We have to respect the enormity of that decision. He can’t live in that apartment anymore, because he’s the Green Arrow and everybody knows it. What are those dynamics? I’m very interested to see.