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On his Twitter page, Stephen Amell opened up a series of tweets concerning a certain element of Green Arrow’s character and how it could be incorporated into the show:
1. Went on a tongue in cheek tirade earlier this year about Green Arrow iconography / how it fit into our show.— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) November 17, 2015
The tweets indicate that a few months back, Amell mentioned that something would never occur on the series, despite fan speculation to the contrary. Amell now seems to be eating his words, as he goes on to indicate that whatever he vehemently denied will in fact soon be coming to fruition. This seems to line up perfectly with a statement made by the actor a few months back – which we dutifully reported on – stating that Oliver Queen’s iconic goatee (although it could be argued that it’s a Van Dyke) would never show up on Arrow. His recent tweets say that the word "never" should be avoided, so that has to be what he's talking about, right?
However, it still remains somewhat ambiguous, and numerous aspects of the character have yet to be brought onto the small screen. For example, instead of the goatee, it could possibly end up being Oliver Queen’s Robin Hood-esque hat that is brought onto the show, but he didn't denounce the very idea of the hat in tweet form. Don’t worry; we’re here to provide you with even more evidence that it’s the facial hair. Check out this tweet that the actor sent out just before the others:
Can't take a photo today without dropping an insane spoiler. Might be the coolest day ever as Oliver Queen.— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) November 16, 2015
So whatever is being added to the character is something directly attached to Stephen Amell himself. Unless he decided to sew a hat atop his head, increased scruff seems to be the more likely candidate. Facial hair has been an omnipresent aspect of the Arrow ever since the show premiered; it acted as one of the important visual cues to differentiate “seasoned Oliver” from the present with “rookie Oliver” from the past. Now that Oliver has become a shorthaired, bearded killer in Arrow’s flashbacks, the show may bring in the goatee to add extra emphasis to his evolution as a character.
At the end of the day, this is all speculation based off of some tweets. If indeed Oliver Queen’s goatee is coming to Arrow, we will just have to wait and see when and where. Arrow airs every Wednesday at 8 PM on The CW.