“The mayor’s office has gotten really good at covering up all that stuff, but it’s a good question,” Mericle said. “I think we’ll be able to find story ways to skirt past that, but it highlights what’s going to be a central question for season 6, which is, how can he do both? We’ve played with that in the past in different ways before, but I think that the success of what he’s done in the mayor’s office and his ability to have impact is going to raise those stakes to a different level and hopefully create some great stories.”
Of course, in the past the “can I do both?” question has largely come up in regard to Oliver’s personal and romantic life — can he be both Oliver Queen and the Arrow? — more than his public responsibilities as mayor.