Arrow Spoilers

Arrow Season 5: Oliver Flies Solo, Felicity's in 'Limbo' and More Scoop

Fighting crime solo, actually killing bad guys and questioning a hero’s future — it’s back to the beginning for Arrow when the CW series returns this Wednesday at 8/7c.

In the new episodes, “we’re talking about Oliver’s legacy” and what that might be, executive producer Wendy Mericle previews. At the top of Season 5, “aside from Felicity in the bunker, he’s out on his own. That is where we started the show.”

But Oliver won’t be alone for long. Part of his journey will involve guiding a ragtag group of vigilante recruits, such as Wild Dog (Reaper‘s Rick Gonzalez) and Artemis (returning guest star Madison McLaughlin), who have been inspired by Green Arrow to take to the streets.

“For both Oliver and Diggle, they’ve been doing this for a few years now,” Mericle says. “In a way, they’re the elder statesmen of vigilantism, and they are going to find a way to embrace that role.”

That new mentor-mentee dynamic will be on display when Felicity’s colleague Curtis (Echo Kellum) joins the team… since he’s not exactly a seasoned fighter. “Oliver has really taken Curtis under his wing, because Curtis is the least trained of all the vigilantes that are working with them now,” Kellum shares. “Their relationship is one of master and student, where he’s really trying to [teach] him how to be a badass.”

Embracing his other job in Star City — that of mayor — won’t be quite as easy for the archer, though.

Click the gallery above for a character-by-character Season 5 preview, featuring scoop on Oliver’s mayoral difficulties, Thea’s new path, Lance’s loss and more.

(Additional reporting by Scott Huver)

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  1. Joey Padron says:

    Good preview and scoop about new season and the characters. So excited to watch new season tonight! So happy the show is back!

  2. Kelly says:

    i am looking forward to stories for Felicity and Diggle, seeing OTA and Curtis as a part of the team.

  3. Also can’t wait to see how Flashpoint affects Arrow

  4. Azerty says:

    I really hope they have a good explanation as why Oliver needs a team…When he started it, he was alone, Diggle was not that often on the field with him. The addition of Roy and Sarah felt very very natural and even when Laurel and Thea stepped up during the time he “retired” that was enough to let them join the team. He said multiple times that he doesn’t wish this life to other, but now he is “recruiting”? Some people would call this character growth but to be honest I find it very difficult to believe. I really think Oliver will end up saying “I can not handle the criminal alone” but I don’t like that at all.