Arrow season 7 is so violent that it's testing The CW's censorship limits

We already know that Stephen Amell has had, in his words, “the shit kicked out” of him thanks to Arrow‘s gritty seventh season. But we didn’t realise just how violent the show is set to be.

Revealing just how far Arrow is pushing the boundaries ahead of its return, the series’ long-time stunt coordinator James Bamford recently admitted they’re trying their best to reach the limit.

Talking about an unprecedented phone call Bamford and showrunner Beth Schwartz had with the show’s censors, the stuntman told Newsarama: “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 do and can’t do,” he explained.

Things aren’t going to be too violent though – well, not as violent as its Marvel rivals, anyway.

“We are not on Netflix, so we will never be able to [do] X, Y, and Z,” Bamford added, “but we are damn sure going to try”.

Season seven’s pretty rough storyline will follow Oliver Queen in a maximum security prison after revealing his vigilante identity in the show’s season six finale.

And Arrow‘s latest arc is certainly taking its toll on Stephen Amell, who recently gave fans an update on his gruelling time in prison with Bronze Tiger, Brick and Derek Sampson.

“I’ve had more physically taxing days in the first four episodes of season seven than I’ve had for the entirety of certain seasons,” he said.

Rather you than us, Stephen.

Arrow season 7 begins Monday, October 15 at 8/7c on The CW. The series airs on Sky One in the UK.

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