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Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Wendy Mer­i­cle spies big changes ahead for Arrow sea­son five…

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Things are get­ting pretty com­pli­cated for Oliver Queen over in the DCTVU. With Leg­ends Of To­mor­row, The Flash and Su­per­girl all re­turn­ing, Arrow is now part of a quar­tet of shows all wrestling for space in the same uni­verse. “We have an art room and a gi­ant board for where the Arrow sto­ries are go­ing and it be­comes a process of check­ing in [with the other shows],” ex­plains ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Wendy Mer­i­cle. “When Felic­ity [Emily Bett Rickards] goes over to Flash, we kind of have to know! It has a di­rect im­pact on her avail­abil­ity, but also what is she learn­ing about Flash that she’s go­ing to carry with her into our sto­ries?”

With sea­son five of Arrow open­ing with Oliver (Stephen Amell) at­tempt­ing to ad­just to be­ing mayor of Star City, the show will also see a re­turn to its darker roots – think less of sea­son four’s magic, more of sea­son one’s flash­back-heavy grit. “The goal this year is to go back and make it a much more gritty show,” Mer­i­cle ex­plains. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Key to that dark­ness could be John Bar­row­man, whose Mal­colm Mer­lyn orig­i­nated on Arrow but has ap­peared in both The Flash and Leg­ends Of To­mor­row, and has now signed on as a reg­u­lar across all three shows. Mean­while, sea­son six is loom­ing on the hori­zon, some­thing Mer­i­cle admits is in­tim­i­dat­ing since Arrow was al­ways planned as “a five-sea­son show”. “It’s gonna be such a big re­think of the show; it’s ex­cit­ing on one level, but it’ll be a big chal­lenge,” she says. “It was al­ways this idea that we have enough flash­back sto­ries for five years, so now that we’re go­ing over – as­sum­ing we get a sea­son six… That’s when I’ll be faced with that chal­lenge, in a year!”

Arrow sea­son five will air on Sky1 next month.

Sea­son five may see the last of Arrow’s piv­otal flash­backs.

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