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