In recent years. One of the biggest criticisms about ‘Arrow’ have been the flashback scenes, which dig into Oliver Queens backstory. In recent years they have been particularly tedious.
In the shows first season and second season of the series. These flashback sequences served a purpose, but in recent years they have proved to the show’s Achilles heel.
The good news is. We will have no more flashbacks on the series after the fifth season.
“We basically made a collective decision that season five would be the final year of flashbacks,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told IGN.
“Next year, in season six, what we’ll end up doing is we’ll do some episodes without any sort of flashbacks.”
Sequences set in the past will still form part of the show – but they won’t feature every week, and these more sporadic flashbacks “won’t be telling a serialised story”.
“The nice thing is we’ve used the device on the show for five seasons – we have it in our tool kit now,” added fellow exec Wendy Mericle. “I think we’ll use it whenever it’s appropriate, whenever it feels right.”
‘Arrow’ returns to The CW on October 4 at 8/7c.