After Season 5, "Arrow" will have a new lease on life. Speaking to CBR News, executive producer Wendy Mericle discussed the future of the show now that it is drawing close to the end of its original five-year plan and revealed that it will be reinvented as it moves forward.
"What’s interesting about Season 5, just having been there from the beginning and knowing Marc [Guggenheim] and Andrew [Kreisberg] and Greg [Berlanti] as well as I do, the show was conceived in many ways as a five-year thing," Mericle explained. "Those flashbacks will be gone after this season. I think it is going to be a different… not a different show, but it is going to have to be reinvented in Season Six, because we’re closing a chapter for sure."
Since its debut season, flashbacks have been integral to "Arrow's" storytelling structure. Oliver Queen's struggles often paralleled the ones he faced in real time; more often than not, his present involved elements from this past, including characters like Deathstroke and Katana. However, he was only on Lian Yu for five years, and this appears to be reflected once the show moves into its sixth season.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, "Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.