Stephen Amell talks final showdown between Oliver and Slade in ‘Arrow’ finale

It’s all come down to this. Arrow‘s epic season two finale airs tonight and it’s guaranteed to be an emotional and action-packed thriller that will leave our mouth’s gaping by episode’s end.

Stephen Amell spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the final showdown between Oliver and Slade, getting some help from some other badasses and whether or not we should expect a “deadly” finale.

The entire season has come down to an anticipated showdown between Slade and Oliver. How would you describe this final battle?

There are two of them and that’s the coolest thing about the finale. In the middle of the episode, we have logistically the biggest fight in the history of the show. At the end of the episode, we have the climactic moments between Oliver and Slade both in the past and in the present. They intercut with one another. You can have all these big fights and big chases, but at the end of the day, what people are waiting for is Oliver and Slade to fight. Period. Just the two of them. That’s what we get in the finale. It’s awesome.

Oliver is getting some all-star help. How many superhero characters does it take to take down Slade?

It takes an army. We’re fighting an army and we need an army, so an army is what we bring, which is an actual line from the episode. The whole idea is that this is such a formidable challenge that Slade is presenting that we literally need an army. The cool thing for Oliver is relying on other people for help is not his strongest but he is absolutely, positively forced to accept anybody’s help if they’re offering. That’s a new thing for him.

In the past, he’s gotten help from Canary and sometimes Roy, but here, he has to incorporate at least half a dozen others. Does Oliver play well with others?

This is the first time he’s embraced everyone else’s help. Obviously Felicity and Diggle are part of the team, but he needs to rely on Nyssa, he needs to rely on Roy.

With Sebastian Blood biting the dust last week, I imagine we’re not done with death. How deadly does the finale get?

Actually, not too deadly — except for one moment that is shocking, only because it’s so simple. It happens early in the episode. Oliver’s M.O. all year has been not killing, whether or not he can hold back against Slade is the ultimate moment that we come to this season. It’s not a particularly deadly finale.

Oliver has managed to stay on course this season with his vow not to kill. How close does he get to breaking that?

That’s where we find ourselves in the finale. Can he follow through? How many things have to be sacrificed for him to stay on this course? That’s what we examine in the finale and it takes Oliver to a place that’s not necessarily to killing, but it’s a place that he’s never gone to before. It’s measures that he’d never consider taking before.

Katie Cassidy said recently that Laurel believes she and Oliver are “soulmates.” Does Oliver share those same feelings?

Oliver’s always going to love Laurel. He’s always going to love her, period. But things change. Oliver never wanted Laurel to know for a reason because knowledge equals danger. The people that find out his identity always find themselves in the crosshairs of trouble. I think that her knowing, even though it’s revealing Oliver to be the guy she always hoped he would be, at the same time, it may make it more difficult for them to have a relationship in the future beyond friendship.

Where do Felicity and Oliver stand in the finale? Will fans be happy?

Oh boy, I can’t tell you that! (Laughs.)

What can you say?

If every Arrow fan sat down and tried to figure out where the finale would leave us, meaning city, place and time, nobody would get it.

The Arrow season finale airs Wednesday at 8/7c.

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