When Arrow returns on Monday, it will take viewers back to the future in a series of new flash-forwards. According to showrunner Beth Schwartz, these flash-forwards will be packed with new characters and reveals, like the Glades' new status quo. What's more, the back half of Season 7 will feature an episode that takes place entirely in the flash-forward timeline, which she promises will answer a lot of fans' lingering questions.
"Well, we're still going to meet a character in the future," she revealed in an interview with CBR. "That's going to happen at the end of [episode] 12, which will be hopefully very exciting for a lot of people, and then we're going to have an all-future episode -- episode 16 -- where we're going to answer a lot of the questions that we've posed in the first half of the season."
She also offered a glimpse of Rene "Wild Dog" Ramirez's life in the flash-forward storyline. "We're going to see him in [episode] 10, and he's living the good life in the Glades. We'll get to see how the Glades are completely different from Star City," she explained. "It's full of wealth. It's clean. There's no crime. And Rene has a big part of why the Glades is like that, so we'll get to that as well as his dynamic with his daughter Zoe, who has been helping Dinah fight crime in Star City secretly."
According to Schwartz, Katherine McNamara's Maya will make a comeback in future episodes. "Yes! We love her. She is amazing, and we're gonna get to know a lot more about her and sort of how she became involved in this group in the next couple episodes," Schwartz teased.
Maya was introduced in "Unmasked," the eighth episode of the season. She revealed to William, Dinah and Zoe that she worked as a broker who dealt in black market items. However, they quickly discovered she wasn't being entirely forthcoming about her role in Felicity's plan to bomb Star City, leaving her character something of a mystery. Per Schwartz's comments, though, it looks like all will be revealed by episode 16.
Airing Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Colton Haynes as Arsenal, Kirk Acevedo as Diaz, and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren. The series returns for the back half of Season 7 on Jan. 21.