The season has dealt with the Arrow's legacy as a vigilante and hero, with Prometheus forcing the character to confront his more dubious actions in the past. But when Arrow will need some allies to take care of this season's big bad, and the cast and producers have been hinting that some familiar faces would return to the fold for the confrontation.
They've also teased the return of a familiar location.
Actor Stephen Amell, who plays the titular character, said that this season's themes have focused on Arrow's history as well as his allies and their relationships. And though he's come back to his team after trying to leave the vigilante life behind, those friends might not be there for him when he needs them most when they return to the island.
"One of the things that will surprise us is why he goes and the amount of people who will be there," Amell said to EW. "This whole year has been built around Oliver returning on a team, but what happens when Oliver's team isn't there for him and he still needs a team?"
Perhaps Maclom Merlyn helps Oliver return to Lian Yu, where Slade Wilson is still imprisoned.
We've learned that Deathstroke and the Dark Archer will both return to the series—though there is some question whether it's actually Manu Bennett—but will they be friends or foe? All signs are pointing toward a reluctant team up with two of Arrow's biggest villains, and hopefully we'll get to see the fan-favorite characters stick around into the next season.
John Barrowman has always been one of the best characters in the entire CW slate of DC Comics shows, and Bennett has been sorely missed for a while now.
Hopefully we'll learn more as Arrow barrels toward the season finale.
The next episode called "Underneath" premieres Wednesday, May 3 at 8p EST on the CW. Read the synopsis below.
OLIVER AND FELICITY ARE TRAPPED - Things get intense when Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are trapped in the bunker together. Meanwhile, Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Andreson) and Diggle (David Ramsey) deal with their martial issues. Wendey Stanzler directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz.
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Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Supergirl), Wendy Mericle (Desperate Housewives, Eli Stone) and Sarah Schechter (Supergirl, Blindspot).