We’ve known for a while that Arrow would be losing a massive part of its formula in season six: Flashbacks.
With the series, moving forward, all taking place in the here and now, we actually liked the idea; season five has had greatly reduced flashbacks so far and we like the story running in a more linear direction.
However, executive producer Marc Guggenheim reckons now that it will be greatly reduced for sure, but probably not gone completely: “We basically went into this season [the fifth one] with the expectation that we would get a sixth season and we basically decided that this [season 5] would be the last year of the island-centric flashbacks.
“I think, going forward, flashbacks are still a part of the show and we’ve seen in plenty of episodes we’ve done non-island, non-Russia flashbacks with Felicity…and we’re doing that again on 5.13, we’re going to flashback to Renee’s period before he was Wild Dog. That’s a tool in our toolbox. I don’t think we have an expectation to do a flashback every single episode of season 6, but again, it’s part and parcel of the show and we’ll just continue going on the way we are.”
In the mid-season finale of Flash, Barry for the first time, found himself travelling into the future – so far he’s only ever travelled into the past – and this may have set a new precident for the Arrow-verse with Guggenheim saying: “We’ve totally talked about [flash-forwards] and I don’t rule that out at all. But the island story, which is a continuing story unlike the other flashbacks I’ve mentioned, will end in Season 5.”
There’s a lot of universe and a lot of characters in The CW’s DC TV universe so we reckon seeing different time periods is only to be expected.
What do you all think?