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Team Arrow is moving on without its leader.
When the show returns Wednesday, Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Roy (Colton Haynes) must pick up the pieces after Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) death.
“Everyone has to step up. It’s not just about Oliver anymore,” Amell tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They have to decide why they are doing it. Are they doing it for Oliver? Are they doing it for the city? Are they doing it for themselves?”
Oliver’s demise at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable) came after the team discovered Thea (Willa Holland) was responsible for Sara’s (Caity Lotz) death. But Thea doesn’t even know she committed the murder, as she was drugged and forced into it by dear old dad Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)
“We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done.”
Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) promises that after orchestrating Oliver’s death, he is far from done.
“There is a sequence where Malcolm goes to the Arrow team’s lair, gets in, and goes to tell them that Oliver is dead,” Barrowman says. “He comes up a wall of aggression from Diggle, Felicty, Roy and Laurel.”
He also teases big changes ahead for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Ramsey says Diggle is faced with being the team leader in Oliver’s wake.
“He steps up the plate. The team looks up to him to a certain degree,” says Ramsey, who adds the team respects his military experience as well as his emotional maturity.
Haynes teases “we’re coming together as a team” in Oliver’s absence, though admits that can be hard.
“We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done, but there are four of us. But it’s really difficult, because Oliver is our mentor and he’s taught us what we know,” says Haynes.
Arrow airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on The CW.
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