The Arrow season 5 finale is going to be a game changer — in more ways than one.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle revealed that the season 5 finale (which airs May 24) will end with a major cliffhanger — but what fans should really be focused on is how said season-ender will effect what’s to come.
According to Mericle, the finale will lay the groundwork for some shifts in season 6 for Oliver McQueen (Stephen Amell) and the rest of his crew.
“We’re going to go out on a big cliffhanger, so that part is definitely going to be helping us galvanize the premiere. Because we’re closing such a big chapter, I think there are going to be some really new and exciting questions,” Mericle told EW’s Natalie Abrams.
The EP explained that season 6 will not look like previous seasons.
“What we’re really trying to do is set up a new dynamic in season 6. That will speak in so many different ways — on the ground level, we’re going to be rethinking how we tell stories because the flashbacks aren’t going to be what they were,” she said. “We don’t have to service that backstory in the same way that we had to, so the way the show is written and broken is malleable at this point.”
Despite the changes in flashbacks and developing stories, there will be a way to talk about the past next season, but it won’t be to determine what a character is like and why.
“By the same token, where all the characters are is an opportunity to redefine and for everybody to look back, reflect, and then start to look forward about where they want to go and where do they have the most impact in our lives? How are they going to be the best heroes they can be?” she added.
Okay, we’re definitely left with more questions than answers, but we’re happy that a revamp is going to take place. Even though these past five seasons have been amazing, it’s always nice to get a new spin and keep things fresh… especially if we want to see more than one additional season of Arrow.
Arrow airs at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays on The CW.