The sixth season of Arrow ended with Oliver Queen in a tough spot. After negotiating a deal with the FBI that resulted in him being locked up in maximum security prison, Oliver was stuck in the clink with a bunch of bad guys who had no reason to love the former Emerald Archer, and the first trailer for Season 7 proved that the other prisoners wouldn’t go easy on him. Now, Arrow has released a quick new video that shows Oliver naked and violent in a fight with another prisoner, and let’s just say it’s not the kind of shirtless footage Arrow fans usually hope for. Take a look!
Can’t a guy take a prison shower in peace without being jumped by another prisoner? We obviously don’t have the context for this throwdown (courtesy of the Arrow Twitter account) just yet, but it doesn’t look like much of a fair fight. The other prisoner has a knife of some sort and the advantage of not being wet, slippery, and naked for the attack, which was almost certainly a surprise. Given that Oliver seems to be alone in the shower room, I’m guessing there was some dealing with the prison guards for the bad guy to get the jump on Oliver. It would make sense if both the guards and the other prisoners had it out for Oliver, unfortunately. A vigilante wouldn’t be popular in the big house.
The good news for Oliver is that he has more than a decade of fight training that turned him into a killing machine who only stopped dropping bodies en masse because of a crisis of conscious in Season 2. Even naked, wet, unarmed, and quite possibly already sporting some bruises, Oliver more than holds his own against his attacker, who winds up getting his head shoved through a tile wall. This is why you don’t attack the Green Arrow when he’s been cut off from his friends and family, guys! He’s a little grouchy.
In all seriousness, this scene is likely the closest Arrow will ever come to airing a nude scene. The show is switching back to an 8 p.m. time slot on The CW, which could mean a slight dialing back on the violence in the Arrow-verse’s darkest show. Nudity other than the occasional shirtless scene is probably off the table, and Oliver getting attacked in the showers rather than working his way up the salmon ladder is probably not what fans were hoping for.
Sadly, Oliver won’t be the only one in some serious trouble, as all signs point toward Felicity facing some attackers as well, and she doesn’t have the combat training that has made Oliver so lethal. While she can hold her own, she will undoubtedly need to figure out a way to protect herself and William. Meanwhile, Laurel has a great new position in Star City, Barry met his daughter, and the Legends are going to get a fun new addition to the crew. Arrow really is the darkest Earth-1 Arrow-verse show! Find out just how dark the show will be to kick off the fall season with the premiere on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.