With the close of Arrow season 5 came the close of island flashbacks. Or so we thought.
Speaking with Access Hollywood, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim teased the return of island flashbacks in the season 6 premiere, but there’s a twist. When asked if the season 6 premiere flashback would take viewers back to the island, Guggenheim hesitated before saying, “If you take me literally at my word, yes, back to the island.”
Before you grab your pitchforks, consider something else Guggenheim said: “We were in the room yesterday and we were going through the flashbacks and we got to the final beat of the flashbacks, I turned to all the writers and said ‘Oh my God, we’re done,’” adding that he was relieved the island flashback storyline is done.
So what’s the deal? Well, in the season 5 finale, Lian Yu went up in an explosive fireball and, presumably, all of team Arrow, plus Nyssa, Talia, Deathstroke, and others were still on the island when it blew. Given that the fate of numerous characters was left up in the air, it’s fairly likely that Guggenheim’s comment about having a flashback on the island is related to the events that transpired on Lian Yu during Oliver’s final confrontation with Prometheus at sea.
As for Arrow star Stephen Amell, he says the close of the current island flashback storyline is “cathartic, exciting, sorta sad.” Oh, and he says he’ll “miss the wig.”
You can check out the full interview with Amell and Guggenheim below.
So even though Oliver’s “five years in hell” is now over on the show, viewers aren’t quite done with Lian Yu just yet. After all, the question remains: Who survived the island explosion? Probably everyone, but it is Arrow so you can never be quite sure of anything. At least not until we go back to the island.
Arrow season 6 will begin sometime in October in its new time slot: Thursday nights at 9/8c on The CW.