'Arrow': 8 Burning Questions for Season 5

3:35 PM 7/1/2016

by Sydney Bucksbaum

When The CW's vigilante drama returns in the fall, these are the questions we need answered.

Arrow S04E23 Still - Publicity - H 2016
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Arrow S04E23 Still - Publicity - H 2016

The world may have been saved from Damien Dahrk's (Neil McDonough) evil schemes on the season four finale of Arrow, but things for Team Arrow will never be the same again.

So much happened over the course of season four and in the epic final hour that viewers were left wondering just where this leaves Oliver (Stephen Amell), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Diggle (David Ramsey), Thea (Willa Holland) and the rest of Star City's heroes going into season five. Although answers won't come until the fall, The Hollywood Reporter rounded up eight burning questions that Arrow needs to answer when season five premieres in October.

  • 8. Is Team Arrow Destroyed For Good?

    Instead of taking a victory lap after defeating Damien Dahrk, Team Arrow completely fell apart in the final moments of the finale. Each member went their separate ways. After Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) found out his suspension from the SCPD was no longer temporary, he decided to pack up and leave town for good with Donna (Charlotte Ross), finding a safer place to call home with better, happier memories. Seeking to get out of the vigilante, dark lifestyle, Thea hung up her Speedy costume and went home to work on herself. And while Felicity was excited about getting back to the OG team of three, Diggle wasn’t. He needed some time to get over what he did to his brother Andy (Eugene Byrd), which meant leaving Star City, his wife, and his daughter, and re-enlisting in the army. As for Oliver, will his new job as Mayor of Star City keep his hands full from suiting up at night as the Green Arrow?

  • 7. What Will Lance Do Now That He's Not a Cop?

    Lance did everything he could to help save Star City (and the entire world) from Damien Dahrk, and all the thanks he got was getting fired from the SCPD. His suspension became permanent, and although he acted like he wasn't upset about it, being a cop was his entire life. Now, he's got no career, and both of his daughters are gone. He's moving away from Star City with his new girlfriend, but there's no way he can just give up on trying to help people and make the world a better place. So what's his next step?

  • 6. Will There Be a Green Lantern Easter Egg?

    Last season, one flash of a man's flight jacket emblazoned with the name "Jordan" in a Coast City bar was all it took to get viewers excited over a Green Lantern connection. But season five might go even further with that, as Carly Pope has been cast as Hal Jordan's sister-in-law Susan Williams, a Coast City journalist "looking to make a name for herself" with a big story on Oliver Queen. It is unknown whether or not she'll be already married to Hal's brother when we meet her, but having an actual Green Lantern character on deck opens the door to a lot of possibilities.

  • 5. How Will Oliver Fare as Mayor?

    Oliver spent most of season four campaigning to be the new Mayor of Star City. While he was forced to drop out of the election after being blackmailed by Damien Dahrk, the death of the elected Mayor, Dahrk's wife, resulted in the people of Star City choosing him to be the interim Mayor until a formal election could be held. Will he run unopposed, or will he find himself having to campaign again? If he wins, will he still have time to patrol the streets as the Green Arrow, or will he have to hang up his bow and arrow? What if he finds out he actually hates being in public office? What if he's terrible at it?

  • 4. Who Is the New Season-Long Villain?

    The Walking Dead's Chad L. Coleman has been tapped to play new villain Tobias Church, an imposing gangster who is looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command, but there's no word yet on whether this will be season five's big bad a la Damien Dahrk. While this new unsavory character has been compared to Idris Elba’s The Wire drug kingpin and described as a ruthless crime lord who sets out to fill the sizable void left by Damien Darhk and HIVE, he could just be the threat that lures Diggle back to Star City to help defeat the growing criminal underworld plaguing the citizens. Is Tobias the season-long villain, or will someone even worse appear down the line?

  • 3. Will Olicity Get Back Together?

    "Olicity" fans were forced to endure a roller coaster of emotions in season four. The year began with Oliver and Felicity living in suburban bliss, away from the stress of the vigilante lifestyle, with Oliver all set to propose. When they returned to Star City to help their friends fight Dahrk's ghosts, that was put on hold for a bit, until Oliver popped the question during the holidays. But things only got worse from there: Felicity was confined to a wheelchair after an attack from Dahrk, Oliver learned he had a son and kept that a secret from Felicity, and Felicity found out before Oliver could confide in her. The ring was returned, the engagement was off, and who knows where these two stand in regards to their relationship now. Will they get back together in season five? Or is Olicity dead, just like Team Arrow?

  • 2. What Were Laurel's Last Words to Oliver?

    Right before Laurel (Katie Cassidy) coded and died in the hospital, she made Oliver promise to do her one last favor. Viewers didn't hear her final request, and producers promised that those words would be revealed in season five. What did she say to Oliver in her final moments? 

  • 1. Is This the Last Season of Flashbacks?

    Four seasons have accounted for four years of flashback storylines, and we know that Oliver was missing from his normal life for five years before the series premiere began. It's safe to assume that Arrow is going to follow its own formula and reveal the final year of Oliver's time on the "island," even if he's not actually on Lian Yu this season. He did tell Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) he had a promise to keep when she tried to recruit him for more ARGUS missions. Was he talking about finding Taiana's (Elysia Rotaru) family in Russia? Are we finally going to learn how he got in so deep with the Bratva, the Russian mob?