During the very first press tour appearance for Arrow at TCA, producer Andrew Kreisberg explained that the final scene of the series would be a flashback to Oliver Queen spotting the fishing boat that would rescue him from his five-year ordeal as a castaway. However, showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed to TVLine that the final flashback will now be featured before the series ends and discussed how that change in plans will impact the series finale.
Guggenheim revealed when the final flashback will now appear on the show.
“Spoiler alert. That’s going to end up being the Season 5 finale.”
Guggenheim explained the original plan for how the series was gong to conclude.
“It was really just a hope at that point [in 2012] that the show would run five years and we always thought that we would intercut the final moment of the series with the first moment of the series, that it would form one big Moebius strip.”
Guggenheim discussed why the change was made.
“There’s still a part of me that wishes we could do that. But I wouldn’t want to artificially extend the flashbacks [beyond five seasons], and I also wouldn’t want to artificially cut the show short. It would’ve been a beautifully elegant thing, and Five Years Ago Me would’ve loved it. But things change, and I do think it’ll make the Season 5 finale pretty awesome.”
While the creative team behind the series have a plan for the show, Guggenheim explained that changes are always possible until a certain point in the development of an episode.
“Look, we have some incredibly clear plans for what we want to do in the Season 5 finale. At the same time, we always leave ourselves room to be like, ‘…and throw this cliffhanger in, throw that twist in.’ Usually the craziest ideas on this show tend to be the ones that the ideas sort of linger, and we never really quite set on them. Like, ‘Oh, maybe we’ll kill off Tommy?’ We don’t fully commit until we’re pretty much breaking the episode.”
Arrow airs on Monday at 8:00 pm ET on The CW.