AR­ROW

Is Oliver still hit­ting the tar­get?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Tv Preview - Richard Ed­wards

SEA­SON 5 US BROAD­CAST The CW from 5 Oc­to­ber UK BROAD­CAST Sky 1 from late Oc­to­ber, TBC

re­turn­ing SHOW! This is an

im­por­tant year for Ar­row, the show that kicked off DC’s mas­sively suc­cess­ful tV uni­verse. the se­ries was orig­i­nally en­vi­sioned with a five-sea­son arc, and that means that we’ll see Oliver Queen’s flash­backs catch­ing up with the events of sea­son one. “this year, in a lot of ways, is like the end of a chap­ter,” star Stephen Amell tells SFX. “it’s not the end of the show, but the show was con­ceived and pitched as a five-year jour­ney, through the flash­backs to the present day. there’s a real sense of ur­gency right now with the flash­backs, and we feel like, ‘Okay, we have to get from point A to point B, and Oliver has to ac­com­plish all of these things.’ i feel like the flash­backs will be a big bonus to the show this year.”

Sea­son five be­gins with team Ar­row in dis­ar­ray, look­ing for new re­cruits while Oliver gets used to be­ing the new mayor of Star City. “Felic­ity wants a new home, be­cause Oliver is out there on his own and as a re­sult is be­ing a shit mayor be­cause he doesn’t have any time,” Amell ex­plains. “Oliver wants the old team to come back. He wants John to come back, he wants thea to come back. the first couple of episodes are re­ally wrestling with the idea of whether they are go­ing to come back. And we go from there.”

Like Leg­ends Of Tomorrow, Ar­row will also be af­fected by the time­line-fid­dling events over on The Flash. “i don’t know if Flash­point af­fects Barry and Oliver’s re­la­tion­ship,” Amell teases, “but it def­i­nitely af­fects our uni­verse and our show in ways that i think peo­ple will be pretty blown away by.”

Bloody hood­ies.

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