“Green is the new black.” – Stephen Amell
More photos from Arrow’s season 7 premiere episode, titled Inmate #4587, have been released, and these are all about Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell)’s time in prison.
In an interview with IGN, Stephen Amell previewed how Oliver’s been doing in prison.
“Normally I have a really good overall view of the season; the interesting thing thus far this season is, I had a scene [recently] and it was the first time that I had worked with a series regular in months, because Oliver’s very isolated in prison, obviously,” he revealed when speaking to IGN about the upcoming season. “The prison stuff, it’s really gritty. And we beat Oliver down. There’s one episode where I spend the entire episode in one room. That’s it, and it was just two straight days of super, super interesting and intense stuff that I don’t think we’ve really done on the show. We’ve never taken a character and isolated him and examined him psychologically the way we have this year with Oliver … So that sort of examination has been a really interesting exercise for me.”
Some familiar faces are returning to make Oliver’s stay at Slabside rougher than he could have imagined. Returning to the show: Cody Runnels (aka pro wrestler Cody Rhodes) as Derek Sampson, Michael Jai White as Ben Turner (aka Bronze Tiger), and Vinnie Jones as Danny “Brick” Brickwell.
“He’s in prison with a bunch of people that he basically put there. And I would say that Brick is kind of the ringleader of the group. But the things that Oliver discovers about some of the prisoners, I think are a little bit unexpected for the first part of the season,” Amell teased. “And there’s a couple of interesting employees in the prison, and there’s also an inmate that I don’t think Oliver ever thought he would see again.”
Not everyone is out to get Oliver, though. Some see him as an ally, like inmate Stanley (Brendan Fletcher).
“Stanley and Oliver have a relationship where, when he first gets in there, he seeks out Oliver for help and for protection,” Amell previewed. “And there’s a very, very interesting scene, where Brick and his whole crew use Stanley as leverage against Oliver. And especially in the first episode, it really illustrates how far Oliver’s fallen, and how he’s had to cope with being in prison.”
Check out the photos and tell us what you think.
For more about Oliver’s stint in prison and about Team Arrow in general, check out Amell’s interview on IGN.
Source: IGN.com – ARROW SEASON 7: STEPHEN AMELL PREVIEWS OLIVER’S PRISON TIME AND A SCENE WE WON’T SEE COMING – IGN FIRST
Photos: IGN/The CW