‘Arrow’ Season 5 Will Be The End of the Show’s Flashbacks

By August 11, 2016

In its second season, Arrow managed to combine its use of flashbacks and present day storylines in an incredibly rewarding way for viewers, as Oliver came face-to-face again with Slade Wilson in the present, while fans got to watch their relationship fall apart initially in the past. However, since then, the show’s use of the flashbacks has become increasingly more frustrating often being forced to tie into the current storylines in some way that never feel organic or all that entertaining either.

The results have been overall disappointing third and fourth seasons so far for fans, with many wondering if it’ll ever be able to reach the heights of its second season again, or if it’ll continue to decrease in quality the more time goes on.

Luckily, as the upcoming fifth season marks Oliver’s five year anniversary from returning home, that means fans will get to see the last year of Oliver’s time away as well, leading all the way up to where we met him in the pilot episode. During the TCA panels today for The CW as well, the show’s creative team finally confirmed that this season would bring an end to the flashback format.

Now, the flashbacks are just one of the many problems that Arrow seems to be encountering in its current seasons, and just because they go away doesn’t mean that the show will instantly start getting better again, as much as it just takes away one of the issues facing the series right now.

The new season is said to bring everything full circle with Oliver, introducing a villain who is a direct result of his actions in the first season, and bringing back characters from the show’s history that we haven’t seen in quite awhile as well. If the creative team is able to live up to that promise, and also find the correct the tone from the cheesy, unfunny and soap opera-y style that its adopted in its past two seasons, then season five could end up being the strongest Arrow has had since its second.

At the very least, it’s nice to know we won’t have to endure through those frustrating flashbacks any more after this upcoming season. So there’s that.

Arrow season 5 will premiere on The CW on October 5th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable