‘Arrow’: Stephen Amell Teases the “Radical Departure” of the 100th Episode

     November 30, 2016


The highly anticipated four show DCTV crossover, “Invasion!” is here. Since Arrow‘s premiere, the so-called “Arrowverse” has expanded to include fours shows on the CW, multiple Earths, regular visits between cities, and even recurring characters over more than one show.

On last night’s The Flash, the Dominators invaded Central City forcing Barry to seek help from his super friends from Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Together, they faced off against the Dominators with only moderate success. After overcoming a mind-controlling device, members of Team Arrow were captured by the aliens. Now it’s time for Arrow‘s “Invasion!” installment, which is also the show’s 100th episode.

Collider stopped by the Arrow set in Vancouver last month and spoke with Stephen Amell about Arrow‘s 100th episode and the crossover. Unlike previous crossovers, this one involves all four DCTV series, which created bigger challenges than those in the past, but good planning helped. “[The crossover] grows exponentially by the way. It’s not twice as large, it’s like 32 times [this year]. … So everyone got together this year and they made a schedule,” Amell said.


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“[They] handed me this big piece of paper that was just five straight weeks of where I was going each day. It was hard work, I mean I didn’t have a day off for five weeks, but there was a spirit of teamwork this year that made it palatable.”

Arrow will be breaking from its traditional format for its 100th episode, Amell teases, “It is such a radical departure from anything that we have ever done on the show.”

In the preview for Arrow, “Invasion,” the captured team members appear to be held by the Dominators in a virtual reality of sorts, as Amell cryptically explains,

“We utilize the fantastical elements that we bring in on The Flash and carry through to Legends of Tomorrow with the present day storyline to create something for the 100th episode of the show that is not a flashback, it’s not a flash forward, it’s something else entirely. It basically gives us license to do whatever we want and to show some things that we’ll never be able to show on the show, to have some characters interact that will never be able to interact on the show again (probably).”

During The Flash‘s crossover hour, Oliver had a touching moment with Barry about his regrets over his own parents’ deaths and it sounds like Oliver may have an opportunity to come to terms with those events. “There was a very therapeutic moment for my character in the episode towards the end where I get to say goodbye to people that I never got the chance to say goodbye to,” Amell said.

The three-part “Invasion” crossover continues on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on the CW.