You may consider yourself a massive fan of the CW’s Arrow, and confident that you’ve seen every frame of film from the superhero series, but that isn’t entirely true. We’ve got the proof of that with the arrival of this exclusive cut sequence from season five, which not so coincidentally arrives on Blu-ray September 19th.
It’s no secret that last season concluded with a massive explosion that was so powerful that it raises the question of which cast members will be returning for year six (though we’d say Stephen Amell is a safe bet). As far as fans are concerned, hope is high that Emily Bett Rickards’ Felicity Smoak and Echo Kellum’s Curtis Holt (AKA Mr. Terrific) will be among the survivors. The two of them have an easy chemistry between them, which is obvious in this clip from the season’s fifth episode, “Human Target.”
Of course, if you were to ask the actors themselves if they’re returning to the show, you’d never get a response. At least not a serious one. That was obvious in the show’s press room at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, where they didn’t take any of the interviews they participated in seriously, choosing, instead, to demonstrate their rapport with each other and not too concerned about providing info.
Laughed Emily, “My favorite part of Comic-Con is making sure none of these interviews are usable, so that’s why we’re together pretty much.”
Echo agreed, adding, “We try to ruin it all. We try to ruin Comic-Con. We’re trying to shut Comic-Con down. I think that’s what we set out to do.”
“That’s a great movie pitch,” Emily chimed in. “’We’re shutting down Comic-Con!’”
As far season five in general is concerned, here’s how Warner Bros. is describing season five as it hits Blu-Ray: “Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity — but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.”
Season six is set to debut in October and executive producer Wendy Mericle did tell J-14 that the tone of the new season is going to be similar to last year’s: dark, gritty and differentiating itself from the other CW superhero shows The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and the mid-season series Black Lightning. “The theme will be family,” she says. “Found family, biological family and what the differences between those are. Everybody that comes out of the island [explosion] will be dealing with that issue on some level, and for those who don’t, there will also be consequences for the survivors.”