Not long after producers told members of the Television Critics Assocation that Arrow would ditch the flashback device after Season Five, series showrunner Marc Guggenheim told IGN that it isn't quite that simple.
"Last year, when we sort of realized we're going to go past Season 5, we basically made a collective decision that Season 5 would be the final year of flashbacks," said Guggenheim. "Next year, in Season 6, what we'll end up doing is we'll do some episodes without any sort of flashbacks. We've [also] established over the first four seasons of proof of concept that we can do flashback stories that don't involve what I call the island narrative, even when he's not on the island.
"We still want to make that part of our storytelling, because we do like them. We like when those non-island flashbacks sort of illuminate what's going on in the present day," Guggenheim added. "That'll always be a part of the show and a part of the show's storytelling structure. It just won't be telling a serialized story."
He even teased the possibility of a flash-forward -- something many fans might be interested in given the fact that producers on DC's Legends of Tomorrow (including Guggenheim) have already introduced Connor Hawke, who replaced Oliver as Green Arrow following his death in the comics, to that show.
Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
Arrow Season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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