‘Arrow’ Director Says Season 7 Pushes the Limits on the “Gritty Factor”
After the acclaim of the first two season, Arrow struggled to maintain its grounded tone. Thankfully, Seasons 5 and 6 alleviated this problem. With Season 7, Arrow looks to take yet another sharp turn. This time, however, the change is due to Oliver Queen’s imprisonment. What this entails remains shrouded in secrecy. But, apparently, the content will push the limits on what The CW typically allows its shows to get away with.
James Bamford, a director and stunt coordinator who’s been with the show for years, recently spoke to Newsarama. During the interview, Bamford noted that he and Beth Schwartz, Arrow’s new showrunner, have been in contact with the show’s censors. Interestingly, Arrow may push The CW’s content standards to their fullest extent.
Bamford, who will helm the Season 7 premiere, told Newsarama,
In the premiere you will find some elements with the Season 1 feel, but you will find other elements that is new, uncharted territory. Beth and I had a phone call with BNSP, which is our censors… a very lengthy phone call about a particular scene that we never had before. So we are really trying to push the limits on the show in the gritty factor. We are trying to go as far as you can go within the confines of our network and what is expected of us and what we can and can’t do. We are not on Netflix so we will never be able to X, Y, and Z, but we are damn sure going to try.
This is exciting news as it seems Arrow’s creative team isn’t satisfied with changing the show’s status quo on a cursory level. With a seventh season on the horizon, any series can begin to feel stale to audiences. Pushing the show in a new direction could be nothing but a boon for both fans and the network.
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Arrow returns Monday, October 15!