Oliver Queen’s journey in Arrow will come full circle in the superhero show’s fifth season finale.
Flashbacks have been a key part of the narrative structure of Arrow since the show’s beginning, telling the parallel story of Oliver’s time on the island of Lian Yu before the series began alongside his present day activities as a vigilante in Star City.
In the Arrow Season 5 finale, the flashbacks will finally catch up with the present day storyline. In doing so, the Arrow Season 5 finale will show moments from just before what was shown in the Arrow pilot and even some that were not shown during the pilot.
“We’ve managed to hopefully stick the landing on it in a cool way that allows us to see both some of the moments right before we first met Oliver in the pilot, where he launched that flaming arrow and it lit up that signal fire, and also maybe a little bit after as well, some of the more emotional moments that we never got to see in the pilot,” Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle tells Entertainment Weekly.
For Arrow fans, this means that Oliver’s origin story will finally be complete, but it still leaves questions about how Arrow will continue into the future.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. Oliver returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum).
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.