The CW has released the official synopsis for "Legacy," the forthcoming season five premiere of Arrow.
Reeling from the loss of Black Canary and the breakup of Team Arrow, Oliver and Felicity have to shift strategies -- a move that's even more important now that Oliver Queen is living a very public life as the mayor of Star City and a new generation of costumed vigilantes come looking for Green Arrow's help and training.
“Essentially the theme that we’re dealing with this year is legacy. The idea [is] Oliver honoring Black Canary’s legacy after Laurel’s death last year," said executive producer Marc Guggenheim during a recent interview. "As the season progresses, you’ll see that there are a lot of callbacks to season 1. What we’re doing is we’re dramatizing Oliver’s desire to grow, move forward, and evolve, but this concept of legacy keeps threatening to pull him back to the early days.”
That pull will be particularly strong because the season-long big bad, a villain named Prometheus (no relation to the Prometheus from the DC Comics -- that would just be silly!), was apparently "created" by Oliver -- although it's not yet clear whether he was created during the five years Oliver was "missing" or during the early days of his mission as Green Arrow.
A good guess would be that it will tie to his final year of exile "on the island." The final year of flashbacks this year will uncover secrets tied to Oliver's relationship with the Russian mob, and introduce a powerful Brava chief in the form of Rocky IV's big Russian, Dolph Lundgren.
You can check the episode synopsis out below.
NEW BEGINNINGS — After Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death and the departures of both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) from Team Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) takes to the streets solo to protect Star City’s citizens as the Green Arrow. With Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) guiding him from the bunker, Oliver is forced to deal with a city that has become overrun with both criminals and a slew of new (and painfully inexperienced) vigilantes. Watching Oliver try to balance his jobs as both the mayor and also the protector of Star City, Felicity suggests he form a new team, but Oliver resists. However, when a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman), enters the picture, Oliver realizes the best thing for the city might be a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, the flashbacks take us to Russia where Oliver faces off against the Bratva.
James Bamford directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and a teleplay by Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.
Arrow returns on October 5, the night after the return of THe Flash, and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.