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– by Mark Cook

It has been widely reported that Season 5 of Arrow will be the end of the flashbacks, which retell the story of how Oliver Queen turned into the Arrow and became the vigilante of Star City.  Originally, Season 5 was going to be the end of the show, but luckily for fans the series was renewed. So what will happen now, moving forward into Season 6? EW was able to get a sit-down with Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) and ask him about his future with the show, and what could be done with future timelines.

“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. 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.”

To me, this sounds like the “Oliver Queen flashbacks” could be over, but perhaps they will explore more flashbacks of the newer characters; such as Dinah Drake, Mr. Terrific, or perhaps even more on Felicity. Another possibility would be to flash-forward to his future, which would likely include the ruin of Star City, and continue the saga from there. Amell was asked about this as well:

“Yeah. I think that the key to a story like that is that — look, Green Arrow was obviously pitched as a five-year origin story, but we’re breaking the flashback story as we go along. There’s always an overarching plan, but it generally has to go season to season. Like, 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. 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. I mean look, 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.”

The focus of the current season still remains with the mysterious villain Prometheus. The show-runners have led us to believe that he is the son of Justin Claybourne, a pharmaceutical developer, which Arrow was responsible for ruining his life at the beginning of the entire series. I am still not buying into this, and my money is on Prometheus being Shado, Yao Fei, Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) — or one of his sons, Grant or Jericho, and that Artemis is actually Slade’s daughter; Rose Wilson. Other readers seem to think he could be Tommy Merlyn. How is this possible considering many of them are dead? Well there is always Flashpoint and there are also quite a few Lazarus Pits in the DC Comic universe, which have the ability to revive the dead. It is also rumored that Ollie will end back up on the original island he started at, with Season 5 coming to an end.

My gut just tells me; Deathstroke, Deathstroke, Deathstroke. We shall see in a few months!

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Source: EW