For six seasons fans have agreed and disagreed on a lot of things that have happened on The CW’s Arrow from debating the strength or weakness of the villains or extra characters to whether flashbacks were useful or took away from the story. There is one thing though most agree on that has been missing: Oliver Queen’s comic book famous goatee.
Season seven looks to finally change that.
Stephen Amell, portrayer of Oliver Queen all these years, revealed during a Motor City Comic Con panel that the iconic facial hair is on the way, according to Comicbook.com.
“Just because you’ve been polite, and just because everyone has been so nice to me today, I can break some news for you and let you know that in Season Seven I am going to debut the goatee,” Amell said. “I can’t promise that I’m going to keep [the goatee] forever. I can definitely promise that I’m not going to wear the stupid hat.”
Previously Amell had promised fans that the goatee would appear sometime before the series ends. Instead of it being a final moment or easter egg moment as the show ends it’s being integrated into season seven for a particular reason regarding Oliver’s possible return to costume in season seven.
At the end of season six Oliver revealed to the world that he is and always has been the Green Arrow/Arrow/Hooded hero in a deal with the FBI to protect his family as he went to jail.
“We’ve actually been thinking a lot, assuming that Ollie gets out of prison if he suits back up as the Green Arrow, what does that costume look like?” Amell said. “Because there’s no more secret identity. That cat is out of the bag. Not that it was that secret before, but we will see.”
New facial hair won’t really distract the city from knowing that it is indeed Queen in costume should he suit back up next season, but it will definitely give him a more comic book related look.
Arrow returns in the fall, moving to Monday nights.