Arrow: Season 5 is going to be exploring the theme of legacy and what happens when the past comes back to haunt you. For Oliver Queen, that means wanting to have a solid team of heroes ready to protect Star City, especially now that he’s mayor and Team Arrow as we know it has disbanded.
“[Season 5] deals with legacy, it deals with the past, and the dramatic irony, the dramatic tension, that we get from it is Oliver’s always been a guy — admittedly, not the most self aware dude ever — but he’s always been someone who is trying to move forward. He’s always trying to evolve,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told IGN. “The challenge for Oliver this year is how do you evolve and move forward when the past keeps grabbing at you, trying to pull you back.”
Part of that is going to be striking a balance between his former team members and the new heroes who will be joining Team Arrow. Below, Guggenheim and executive producer Wendy Mericle offer teases of what to expect for Arrow’s main characters.
Oliver Queen understands that he can’t protect Star City on his own, and in Season 5 he’s assembling a new Team Arrow to work alongside him. He, Felicity and Curtis will bring on newcomers like Evelyn Sharp and Wild Dog, who will then face off against an array of villains popping up in the wake of Damien Darhk’s death.
“He’s going to have a team, so we have talked about having a team of villains, and how would Oliver get his new guys who are really rough around the edges — totally wet around the ears, not ready for this — how does he get them ready to take on really trained [enemies]?” said Mericle. “He’s very cognizant of the fact that Laurel died in this line of work and he doesn’t want that for them.”
Guggenheim promised an Oliver who is “trying to be an optimistic” and “trying to be bright” — though of course “circumstances just keep trying to pull him back into the darkness.”
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