Production on the fifth season of CW’s Arrow has begun, as confirmed by the show’s executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who teased fans with a shot of the script from the season’s first episode on July 5th. The episode titled ‘Legacy’ may imply some rather heavy themes not only in the sense of the story, but also the show’s production itself. During a Q&A session on June 26th at the Heroes & Villains FanFest in Secaucus, N.J., Amell was quoted as saying, “The first two episodes [of Season 5] refocuses us on what the core mission of the show should be, and that to me is very exciting,” this is in reference to the series straying from it’s ‘street hero’ roots during the last two seasons, which had some fans complaining. Now it seems season 5 will grant them their wish, and Stephen has given us our first sneak peek.
Here's your S5 poster.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) July 12, 2016
This gritty image serves in stark contrast to the neatly trimmed Oliver Queen seen at the end of season 4, both in the past and present stories. It likely stands that this is one of the show’s famous flashback sequences, and not during a point which Oliver Queen will be serving as mayor of Star City (his swearing into office being one of the seminal moments of last season’s final episode). During the aforementioned Q&A, Amell confirmed the show would be visiting Russia, an act that his character had promised to Taiana Venediktov (before killing her), to deliver the news of what happened to both her and her brother on the island to her family.
This scene, probably during the visit to Russia, invokes imagery of Fight Club, and may finally give us some story behind Oliver’s tepid connection to the Solntsevskaya Bratva (just Bratva for short), which serves as the show’s version of the Russian mafia. Oliver’s connection to that particular criminal world has been used as a boon during his troubles in Star City since season 1, but the only confirmed connection we’ve had so far is in the character Anatoly Knyazev (who had been with Oliver on Lian Yu during his flashbacks in season 2).
There is also the possibility, however unlikely, that this picture is from an alternate timeline due to the effect of Barry Allen going full Flashpoint on us during the second season finale of his own show The Flash, which Stephen Amell has already confirmed will have consequences on Arrow. Speculating, however fun it may be, will only get us so far. We will have to see for ourselves when Arrow returns to our televisions on Wednesday, October 5, at 8PM EST.
Via Screen Rant