Back to Basics? Stephen Amell Talks Wishes For Arrow Season Five

Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW

Season four of Arrow has ended less than 24 hours ago, but of course we don’t waste time jumping into speculations of the future. After all, we have the whole summer to not-so-quietly obsess over what our favorite show might come up with next.

Where do we even start? Thea and Diggle have left the team (at least temporarily) to fight their own battles, which leaves Oliver and Felicity in Star City, trying to rebuild not only the destroyed lair but the whole city. Will this mission bring them closer together again? Well, fanboys and girls, there’s always hope.

But apart from what we hope to see in season five, what are we actually in store for? The CW recently released a short synopsis for the upcoming season, which, you guessed it, doesn’t really reveal anything.

It surely gives us a first clue: “Sinister players with a connection to Oliver’s past will push the team to its breaking point, threatening everything Oliver’s worked for and his legacy as the Green Arrow.”

Does that firmly establish a connection between the upcoming flashbacks and the present day storyline? As we know Oliver will be headed to Russia in the flashbacks of season five, and we are likely to explore his ties to the Russian mob, the Bratva, that we’ve known of since the first season. Are the present-day struggles related to Oliver’s past experiences with the mob? We’d hate to have high hopes just to be disappointed, but we can’t help it. It sounds so very exciting.

So while we don’t know anything concrete about what season five will deal with, the Green Arrow himself has some ideas of his own. Stephen Amell recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about what he would like to see in the upcoming season of the superhero show.

“When we started Arrow, we were the superpower-less superhero show,” he said. “Because of our success and because of opportunities that The CW has had, we’ve had to break away from that original modus operandi a little bit, because we were introducing Barry Allen, and in subsequent seasons, we’ve shepherded some of the Legends of Tomorrow onto their own show.”

So it seems like Mr. Amell is excited for the big four-way crossover that is bound to happen next year. With Supergirl moving to The CW and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, as well as Arrow being established shows, it would be a shame not to mix-n-match it up a bit.

“Even though Supergirl is joining the ranks, there’s no new person or new show to introduce this year, and I think as a result of that, we need to get back to focusing more on some of the core elements that used to define Arrow,” Amell continues.

What are these core elements, you ask? Well, for Amell those would be “hand-to-hand combat, no superpowers, and dealing with the job of cleaning up Star City.” We whole-heartedly agree with that. Hand-to-hand combat and fights and stunt scenes have always been a huge part of the show and their choreography continues to amaze. This year Arrow explored magical elements, and well, if Damien Darhk hadn’t been such a fantastically sassy villain, it would have been rather anticlimactic as proven by this year’s flashbacks. Back to its roots, Arrow should prove to be better than ever.  

What do you wanna see in Arrow’s fifth season? Oliver as a Mayor? Thea embracing her Merlyn-heritage? Diggle returning home? Olicity reuniting? Tommy Merlyn finally rising from the dead? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Arrow returns with season five this fall on The CW.

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