With the 5 year flashbacks set to end at the end of this season and leading to season 1, some have wondered if without it’s steady staple of trotting back to Ollie’s time on “the Island” what sort of series we’ll end up with!

Fear not though, as show runner Mark Guggenheim and Green Arrow himself Stephen Amell have both said that it will continue (as long as it’s wanted).

“A phrase we use a lot when writing season 5 is ‘We’re looking backwards to move forwards. One of the things we embrace on the show is he’s a hypocrite, he’s kind of a lousy leader, he makes terrible decisions. It gives us fodder for a lot of stories. [But] in season 5, we’re probably telling more stories about the conflicting moralities of what Oliver’s been doing over the life of the series. Everything we’ve been trying to do in season 5 has been building off of our history, our long history, because that’s something that the other shows just can’t do.”

Mark Guggenheim said on the subject. Stephen was quick to add his twopence worth as well.

“We brought in a villain this year that we’re going to learn is a villain of Oliver’s making. He’s someone that exists because of the things that Oliver has done. It allows us to go back and revisit some stories that we haven’t seen on Arrow in quite awhile.”

“I do really believe that this season is sort of a throw-down-the-gauntlet year for us, where we’re either going to do what we do and do it well or it’s the last year. If we find that magic formula — which is not magic, it’s just hard work and playing to your strengths — then the show could go on for a really long time.”

Mark Guggenheim gives us more info on Season 5 and where it’s heading..

Will Oliver have to pay a price now for the Death’s he caused in season 1 and now a return to form in season 5.

“It’s a great question. There’s an element of this show that’s very Sons of Anarchy to me, which had a similar question: Was there any redemption to be had for Jackson?“I will say that I have a very specific notion as to how I would like to see the series end.”


Arrow is currently showing on Wednesday’s on the CW in the US and Sky 1 in the UK.