Briefly killing your hero or heroine is a great way to temporarily raise stakes on a certain kind of show, but it's also a stunt you can only pull a couple times before viewers realize that probably death is only temporary.
At the “Arrow”/”The Flash” PaleyFest 2015 purple carpet on Saturday (March 14) afternoon, time was getting short and stars and producers were about to get whisked upstairs for the panel. It briefly looked like “Arrow” star Stephen Amell was going to get yanked before pausing at our HitFix paddock.
Fortunately, we at least got one question with Amell, so I asked about what death (or near-death) did for Oliver as a character and how “Arrow” is handling the stakes as the Season 3 finale approaches. [We're only at Episode 16 now, so it's not approaching that instantaneously.]
“We examine death in the latter part of the season,” Amell promises.
You can check out the rest of Amell's answer above.
And don't forget to check out my Judaism-centric interview with Emily Bett Rickards, as well as Katie Cassidy's explanation for why it took so long for Laurel to become Black Canary.
“Arrow” returns on Wednesday (March 18) night on The CW.