Since its launch in 2012, the CW's "Arrow" has divided its time between the modern day tales of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his vigilante actions as the Green Arrow and a five-year flashback showing how Queen became the Emerald Archer. With season give wrapping in just a few months, many are wondering what that means for the show's flashback storyline, since the flashbacks will soon synch up with where the series began.
In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, series star Stephen Amell discussed the possible future of the series' flashbacks, indicating that he'd be open to doing flash-forwards.
"I am open and excited about any possible idea, whether that’s a simple flash-forward narrative that we carry through the season, which I think we did to varying degrees of success in season 4," said Amell. "If that means that simply the flashbacks do not exist anymore and it allows us to expand the universe in terms of focusing more on other people’s backstories, not even necessarily flashbacks of people’s home life, just their life outside of the Arrow cave, I think that’s interesting. We can do that because, quite simply, we have more time, we have more pages, we have more chance for dialogue. I know they’re kicking around some ideas, but truthfully I have no earthly idea if there is any sort of element that we will be bringing into season 6 or if we just simply acknowledge that we pitched the show as a five-year origin story and we got to do it, which I think in and of itself is an accomplishment. There’s not a ton left on television from new shows from 2012. Just the fact that we made it that far is worth patting ourselves on the back for, ever so briefly."
Amell also said that while they brains behind the scenes are planning the show's future right now, things could always change. After all, many elements of the show, including the flashbacks, have taken sudden and unexpected turns.
"I don’t think we knew at the beginning of the season that at the end of season 2, Oliver would end up in Hong Kong. We don’t necessarily know that stuff, and that’s just the nature of episodic television in 23 episodes a year," said Amell. "I think that the critical element, if we ever did something like a flash-forward, would be to make sure that we understood the precise beginning point and end point of that story and all the things that went into it, because I think that if we try to piecemeal it together, especially because it’s a flash-forward, that it just wouldn’t work. You know what I mean? We’d have to know the end game if we did something like that."
Even more tellingly, Amell revealed that he has an idea for how the entire series should end. "I’ve always had a very specific idea for how the series would end. It came to me at some point during season 1, and whether it’s through a flash-forward or whatever, I just hope that we end up getting to do that."
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, "Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum and Josh Segarra.