As to be expected following the dramatic season 5 finale, Arrow is gearing up to regroup. However this upcoming season it will not just be as a team, but as a show overall.
The superhero crime drama about the emerald archer with a haunted past concluded its fifth season as it came full circle with the flashback storyline and left the lives of Team Arrow hanging in the balance. As the series moves forward, the flashback component may still be featured, however, it won’t be utilized in the same way it was for the first five seasons, following Oliver throughout his five years in hell.
While discussing some of the changes fans can expect to see, executive producer Wendy Mericle was asked by Entertainment Weekly if she felt the show was undergoing a reboot going into season 6:
“Reboot is one of those words. It’s so funny. I think in some ways yes, I do, but I also think that word can get misconstrued very easily. This show is evolving and it’s exciting because it is a new dynamic this season without the flashbacks. I know I keep saying we have more real estate, but we’ve been in the writers’ room for three weeks and it’s been amazing how different the show feels. There’s just a lot more freedom. It’s actually very exciting because we can take this show to different places now and to different directions. I’ll repeat it, but it really is exciting to have the time and the space to talk about these other characters. We were always sort of pressed, and moved stories so quickly. We’re still moving stories that same way, we just have a little more space to explore other points of view and other characters. It’s fun.”
Six years after its initial premiere, Arrow is moving in a new and exciting direction. Mericle also shared her excitement for how the series will have more time to devote to different storylines and different characters in the future:
“Absolutely. One of the advantages is we know how to use that device and we’re going to use it for different reasons this season, which will be fun — different characters, different points of view.”
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of Arrow as we learn it.
“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. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by 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), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family”.
Arrow Season 6 premieres on Thursday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.