Arrow has faced a somewhat dramatic shift in its tone and structure this year, starting with a new team emphasis and refocusing on its Season 1 roots. And according to executive producer and co-creator Marc Guggenheim, this all serves a grander story they’re still planning for the series.
In an interview with EW, Guggenheim spoke a bit on this, addressing a question about whether or not the end of the flashback storyline (originally a five-year deal with the network) would mean Arrow is reaching its natural conclusion, despite remaining as one of The CW’s top-rated shows. He firmly said:
“No, I think we tend to look at season 5 as the end of a particular chapter…I will say that I have a very specific notion as to how I would like to see the series end.”
This is an interesting statement considering their admitted surprise that, as Guggenheim put it,
“The show just turned out to be more successful than we anticipated.”
Many fans of the show definitely agree with that, despite a slight drop in ratings this year. In the same interview, though, Stephen Amell (who plays the Green Arrow) chimed in about the importance of Season 5’s popularity:
“I do really believe that this season is sort of a throw-down-the-gauntlet year for us, where we’re either going to do what we do and do it well or it’s the last year. If we find that magic formula — which is not magic, it’s just hard work and playing to your strengths — then the show could go on for a really long time.”
Let’s just hope that doesn’t also mean Arrow will overstay its welcome in the same way as Smallville or any other similar network shows have in the past. But as it stands, this show seems to have plenty of fight left in it.