"Arrow" Season 5 Adding Villain Inspired By "The Wire," "Game of Thrones"

As the dust settles on "Arrow's" recently wrapped fourth season, attention has started to shift towards the CW drama's next major threat. TV Line has learned that season five's villain, which is in the process of being cast, will draw inspiration from a few other fan favorite TV shows.

The season five big bad is tentatively named Anton Church and so far looks to be an original character not pulled from the DC comics. The crime lord is said to be in the vein of Idris Elba's "Wire" character Stringer Bell. Church will set out to fill the void left by Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E. in the aftermath of season four. The show's casting description calls the villain an "apex predator" who "cuts his way through the shadows" and will target "the biggest threat first."

But Elba's character isn't the only one listed in the casting breakdown; the physical description of the character also calls out "Game of Thrones" alum and current Aquaman actor Jason Momoa.

"Arrow" lead Stephen Amell previously spoke about the season five villain, saying that the character would be a human. "I've heard that our big bad, our villain, is something that you can really only do once you're in the fifth, sixth or seventh season of a TV show," said Amell in late May. "As far as I know, they don't have superpowers. I'll tell you that."

"Arrow" returns for its fifth season this fall on the CW.

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