‘Arrow’ Is Doing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Episode in Season 6
One doesn’t generally look to Arrow for meditations on real-world issues, though the fifth season did tackle gun control in a format that resonated with producers. Ahead of Season 6, co-creator Marc Guggenheim reveals one upcoming episode will follow suit with a story related to Black Lives Matter.
Guggenheim revealed the tidbit in an extensive conversation with Collider, pointing toward Season 5’s “Spectre of the Gun” as their inspiration to cover another topical subject in Season 6. No actual details of the episode were revealed, though Guggenheim explained:
Last year we introduced the idea of doing one topical episode per season. Last year we did gun violence; this year we’re going to do another topical episode as well. I really want to tackle Black Lives Matter, and I have a story idea for that, but where exactly that gets slotted – we just have a range, because we like to give ourselves a little bit of flexibility.
For what it’s worth, there’s a precedent of Green Arrow comics tackling social issues, and a prior season even used Deadshot flashbacks to explore PTSD. Notable about “Spectre of the Gun,” however, is that while the hour did its best to present all sides, Guggenheim deliberately left an in-episode resolution of the issue vague, as “We wanted to leave that open to the audience as almost like a Rorschach test.”
Elsewhere, Season 6 has already confirmed Katie Cassidy, Rick Gonzalez and Juliana Harkavy will return as series regulars, though producers claimed a series regular contract was no guarantee of survival. Stephen Amell revealed Manu Bennett will make several return appearances as Slade Wilson this year, while new big bads include LOST alum Michael Emerson and 12 Monkeys star Kirk Acevedo as Ricardo Diaz, a spin on DC’s Richard Dragon.
We’ll likely learn more about the episode, and Season 6 overall in the coming weeks, but is Arrow setting itself up for a stumble?