Arrow season 5 promises to be a big one for Oliver Queen and company. After all, at the end of the previous season, most of the team abandoned their vigilante mission for… well basically, anything else. It’s like they don’t want to be in life-and-death situations all the time!
Fortunately, this is Arrow and the whole gang is likely to be back, fighting for justice and their very lives, within the near future.
Who better than to tease when this might occur than the cast of Arrow themselves? Watch these Arrow season 5 video interviews shot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Emily Bett Rickards
Executive producer Wendy Mericle
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
It’s a whole new world in the Arrow season 4 premiere episode. Not only has the Green Arrow risen to take on the evil of Star City, but there are a whole bunch of rather shocking changes set for upcoming episodes.
Will Felicity ever get that engagement ring from Oliver? What will happen to Oliver in the flashbacks, now that he is back again on Lian Yu? Why did Lance betray everyone by aligning himself with Damien Darhk? And who was buried under that gravestone in the final scene?
Arrow executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle offered some hints to reporters before the premiere. Sure, they’re not exactly answers, but they might offer a guide to where all of this is going.
When is Oliver actually going to propose to Felicity?
Guggenheim: Ahhhh… You’ve got to watch the show.
Why did Oliver hide the ring instead of proposing at the end of the premiere?
Guggenheim: When Oliver hides the ring, essentially, we’re dramatizing the fact that: OK. He’s with Felicity. They’re together, but things are not the same as they were back in Ivy Town. We wanted to get at that concept that their relationship had changed now that they’re back in Star City.
Can you at least say whether or not it’s Felicity buried under the gravestone?
Mericle: We don’t necessarily know who it is now — we’re figuring out the plan for the season — but we want it, obviously, to have resonance. If it doesn’t mean something to the characters, it won’t mean anything to the audience either.
When will the death happen?
Guggenheim: Six months [from now] in show time.
Can we hope for a Lazarus Pit resurrection?
Mericle: They will stay dead. We want to bring stakes back to the show, and so we’ll be finding a way to handle the Lazarus Pit portion of season 3 in season 4.
What will happen to Oliver, now that he is back on the Island?
Mericle: He’s going to encounter what we hope is a love interest, a woman that he’s going to fall in love with. And he’s also going to encounter a lot of magic and mysticism, and that is going to inform the present-day in Star City with Damien Darhk.
Speaking of Damien Darhk, what is Captain Lance doing working with the bad guy?
Mericle: Lance is working with Damien and we’ll see, later in the season, he did not know exactly what he was signing up for. We’re going to play it really as a crisis for Lance — why he chose to do it and what it means for him. He’s always been the moral center of the show and someone who has lorded his morality over Oliver.
Despite all of the dark foreboding at the end of “Green Arrow,” the episode was much brighter and more cheerful that Arrow has been in the past. Why the change?
Mericle: It’s really grown out of who Oliver is: He’s happier now. He’s in love with Felicity. He’s no longer the post-traumatic-stress-disorder-suffering soldier he once was the first three seasons. That’s really where it’s coming from.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW. Check back for more spoilers soon!
The Arrow fandom has been graced with a new (extended) promo for season 4, featuring full commentary from showrunner Wendy Mericle.
Mericle recently tweeted a link to the special sneak peek, and boy was it jam packed with goodies!
The video starts off with even more Olicity footage, showing an excited Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) feeding Oliver (Stephen Amell) some breakfast. In a most memorable line, upon tasting, Oliver replies with, “Felicity Smoak. You have failed this omelet.”
Though Oliver seems content living in domestic bliss, Oliver and Felicity must eventually be called back home, as Star City desperately needs them.
Thus Mericle highlights the key theme for season 4: light versus dark.
Cue the very presence of darkness, the most dangerous villain Team Arrow has had to face, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). Pun intended?
Darhk is described by Mericle as a former member of the League of Assassins, who has brought his sinister plan to a more modern setting, posing a huge threat to the city.
While Darhk is at the helm of the baddies this year, a few other brand new characters will be featured this season: namely, Lonnie Machin, or better known as his alias, Anarky (Alexander Calvert). The show will be exploring a new origin story to this famed Batman character, with Oliver and Thea (Willa Holland) playing a significant role in making Machin the villain he will become.
Anarky will be one of the first villains that will not only be an adversary to our heroes, but our “big bad” as well.
With the darkness overwhelming the city, Oliver will have to fight to stay in the light.
If he’s learned anything, it’s that he can’t do it without some help.
Our beloved members of Team Arrow have been working hard all summer in Oliver and Felicity’s absence, and we will be seeing a more advanced skill set from all of them, as well as some strong team growth.
Digg will finally get a new costume, as well as a code name! (Any guesses to what it might be?)
Felicity will be playing an even more crucial role as the new key figure at Palmer Tech, having gained ownership of the company last year after Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) supposed death.
Mericle also promises that this season will focus heavily on Felicity and Diggle (David Ramsey) and the element of family.
Though (not yet) a part of Team Arrow, there is another new character on the side of the light in the form of Mister Terrific (Echo Kellum), who appears to be perfect match for Felicity in terms of genius witty banter.
One thing is absolutely for sure — we are in for one wild ride this season.
Arrow season 4 premieres Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm on The CW.
If you want Arrow spoilers for season 4, it’s always best to go straight to the source — the executive producers. Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle dropped a few hints about what’s to come during the Arrow press room at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11.
What’s coming up for the characters? Watch the video interview to find out!