If you’re an Arrow watcher, there’s one thing you know beyond a shadow of a doubt about Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell): before he returned to the mainland to save his city, he spent five years on a hellish island with only one goal: survive. By the end of Season 5, that goal will have been achieved, Oliver will escape from Lian Yu, and the flashback narrative will catch up to the events of Season 1. That means it’s the end of Arrow’s episodic structure as we know it, but does it mean they’re abandoning flashback sequences entirely leaving the goofy wigs behind forever?
Not according to Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim, who caught up with the press at The CW’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. Per Guggenheim, you can expect more tangential flashbacks (a la goth Felicity). In fact, there’s one coming this season exploring Renee’s life before he was Wild Dog.
Here’s what Guggenheim had to say,
We basically went into this season with the expectation that we would get a sixth season and we basically decided that this would be the last year of the island-centric flashbacks. I think, going forward flashbacks are still a part of the show and we’ve seen in plenty of episodes we’ve done non-island, non-Russia flashbacks with Felicity…and we’re doing that again on 5.13, we’re going to flashback to Renee’s period before he was Wild Dog. That’s a tool in our toolbox. I don’t think we have an expectation to do a flashback every single episode of season 6, but again, it’s part and parcel of the show and we’ll just continue going on the way we are.