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)