Even before the Arrow season 4 finale, real-life members of Team Arrow – those writing, producing, and acting on the show have been eager to discuss what lies ahead for Oliver, now that the fictional Team Arrow has been all but disbanded in the wake of Damien Darhk’s persistent attacks on Star City that left one member of the crew d*ad and two others questioning their roles as vigilantes. There has been talk of who the new villain will be, as well as more than a few discussions of how the show can get back to basics after back-to-back seasons that didn’t quite live up to the expectations set by the series’ first two outings.
Showrunner Wendy Mericle and star Stephen Amell have both addressed certain aspects of the show theywould like to see change in the upcoming fifth season, like facing villains more suited to Green Arrow’s particular set of skills – i.e., no superpowers or magical beings, if you don’t mind – and flashback sequences that inform more on Oliver’s journey from billionaire playboy to green-suited protector of Star City. To that end, the season 4 flashbacks ended with Oliver vowing to keep his promise to Taiana (Elysia Rotaru), all but confirming a Russian setting forthe season 5 storyline taking place in the past.
As far as who this mysterious new avenger is, fans may begin speculating whether or not he’s a familiar DC Comics hero or an entirely new character created for the show as soon as they like. New details on who will be taking a swing at making Star City safer will likely be coming in before summer is out. At any rate, witCurtis Holt taking on a larger role and Roy Harper set to return for a few episodes, it seems Oliver will have his hands full dealing with vigilantes new andold throughout season 5.