The flashbacks in Arrow have been a highly debated topic among fans, as some have seen them as a waste of time and taking away from the main storyline. However, the flashbacks did serve a purpose, showing Oliver Queen’s adventures after the boat he was on with his father exploded ultimately leading to him becoming the titular hero.
Last year it was stated that Season 5 would see the conclusion of the flashbacks. In the recent finale, fans saw the conclusion of Oliver’s time away from Starling City as we witnessed his character rescued from Lian Yu, the hellish island in the Pacific that we were first introduced to in the series premiere. However, the flashbacks have not focused solely on Oliver – there have been several episodes that showed how Sara Lance survived the same boat explosion, as well as various parts of John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, and Thea Queen’s pasts. There were even a couple episodes in Season 5 that took place once Oliver returned home.
But does this mean that Arrow is done with flashbacks altogether? In a recent interview with Executive Producer Mark Guggenheim, he hinted that might not be the case, and that we might even see Lian Yu at least one more time in the Season 6 premiere. “If you take me literally at my word, yes, back to the island.”
He also shared that the flashbacks will likely be more occasional and if they suit the story being told in that episode. “Last year, when we sort of realized we’re going to go past Season 5, we basically made a collective decision that Season 5 would be the final year of flashbacks. Next year, in Season 6, what we’ll end up doing is we’ll do some episodes without any sort of flashbacks. We’ve [also] established over the first four seasons of proof of concept that we can do flashback stories that don’t involve what I call the island narrative, even when he’s not on the island.”
What have you thought about the flashbacks on Arrow? Are you glad that they will not be used as often moving forward? Let us know in the comments!