Arrow Season 5 – Important Info to Know

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Posted June 30, 2016 by John Newby in TV

Let’s face it, Arrow’s fourth season started out strongly but failed to uphold a high level of quality. Neal McDonough was a spectacular villain and Curtis Holt kept the season entertaining, but some other aspects weren’t as great.

Now, the show’s writers have started teasing new pieces of information about season five. The main things have been casting changes, with Elysium’s Carly Pope joining the show. Pope will be playing a journalist named Susan Williams who just happens to be the sister-in-law of Hal Jordan. Don’t get too excited, though, because Arrow has teased the Green Lantern multiple times throughout earlier seasons. Williams inclusion could mean that Jordan is closer to an appearance, but we will have to wait and see.

In other casting news, the CW also revealed that The Walking Dead’s Chad Coleman will be joining the cast as Tobias Church. This crime boss will be a recurring character with the sole goal of replacing H.I.V.E. and uniting the criminal element. Also joining the cast are Rick Gonzalez (Reaper) and Josh Segarra (Trainwreck, Chicago P.D.). Gonzalez will be taking on the role of Wild Dog, a vigilante known for electric gloves, a hockey mask, and lots of murder. Despite the bodycount, Wild Dog is more of a hero so it only makes sense that he would spend time with Oliver Queen.

Segarra will be playing D.A. Adrian Chase, AKA the Vigilante. Although there have been many characters called the Vigilante in DC’s history, Chase is a particularly interesting choice for the role. Chase became the Vigilante after his family was murdered by mobsters. Fairly standard stuff for the most part, but the intriguing aspect of Chase is his brand of justice. Much like Oliver Queen, Chase struggled with killing criminals, choosing to spare them early in his career. However, things changed and Chase began killing with reckless abandon. It will be very interesting to see which version of Chase appears in Arrow. 

Beyond casting news, the CW also revealed that Curtis Holt will begin making his transition to Mr. Terrific. This is exciting news for fans of the character who hoped to see glimpses of the hero during season four.

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Finally, the titular Arrow himself, Stephen Amell, hinted at important changes during a Facebook stream. According to Amell, an upgraded suit will be making an appearance during season five, and an old character would return for the first time in over two years. It only makes sense that the returning character is Deathstroke. Slade Wilson has been the best villain in the show’s run, and his return would be an exciting reveal. Plus, Wilson’s child showed up in Legends of Tomorrow. Follow the bread crumbs!

Amell also said that stunt coordinator James Bamford will be creating “the most vicious, violent one-shot-which is where there is no cut-in the history of network television.”

It seems that Arrow is discussed ad nauseam between every season, with constant promises of the “biggest season yet”. Will season five fulfill the newest promises? We can only hope so.

Arrow will return for a fifth season in October.


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John Newby

A random dude obsessed with coffee, blue heelers, and most nerdy things. Big fan of Star Wars, Borderlands, Arrow/Flash, and a whole lotta video games. The Saboteur is underrated, and Silverado is the best movie ever made.