SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains spoilers for the season 7 premiere of Arrow.
The season 7 premiere of The CW’s hit DC Comics series Arrow featured flash-forwards that give viewers a sense at what’s to come for the characters in the future. Flash-forwards, while not as often used in Arrow or other television series as much as flashbacks are an effective way of enticing viewers to continue watching because it leaves people guessing about what will happen next.
During the season 7 premiere entitled “Inmate 4587”, we see a young man, traveling in Lian Yu to find Roy Harper (Colton Haynes). It is revealed that this sequence takes place 20 years in the future and the identity of the young man is none other than William (Jack Moore), the grown-up son of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).
When discussing the use of flash-forwards, showrunner Beth Schwartz revealed that there will be more flash-forwards for the rest of not just season 7, but as Arrow continues until it eventually ends:
“We’re going to keep it all season and series. We didn’t know how long the show was going to go on for, so we always knew that after season 5, there wouldn’t be flashbacks. So, we had talked about flash-forwards years ago. Like, ‘is this what we’re going to do when there aren’t flashbacks?”
Schwartz believes that using more flash-forwards will add more interesting depth to the Arrow story:
“I think it opens up our world immensely. For a seven-season show, coming up with new stories that we haven’t done before is definitely a challenge. I think this is a really great way to tell some of these stories and also add a lot of mystery, because we can introduce something in the future and then you’re like, ‘How the hell did that happen?’ So in the present-day story, you’re going to really want to tune in to see all those details.”
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Here is the synopsis for episode 7×02 of Arrow entitled “The Longbow Hunters”:
“Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is determined to find Diaz at any cost. In order to track down Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) from inside prison, Oliver realizes that will require aligning with an old enemy. Meanwhile, in Star City, Felicity’s attempts to root out Diaz are thwarted by Diggle (David Ramsey), whose allegiance to ARGUS now requires him to keep civilians like her on the outs. Realizing that she can no longer rely on her old team or old methods, a clear-eyed Felicity resolves to find a new way to go after Diaz.”
Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Katie Cassidy, Colton Haynes, and Kirk Acevedo.
The series airs on Monday nights at 8 p.m. on The CW.