Warning: this post contains spoilers for the premiere of season 7 of Arrow. Read at your own risk.
Arrow just took a Lost!
The premiere of season 7 of the CW superhero drama, which found Oliver (Stephen Amell) behind bars after the events of the end of season 6, ended with a major shift. Throughout the episode, we saw flashes of a young man traveling to Lian Yu, but he was given little or no context until he got caught in one of the many networks on the island and came face to face with an old Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) ), who seemed to have been living on the island. Dressed in his Arsenal suit, Roy demands to know why he is there, and the young man reveals that it is William, Oliver Queen's eldest son, which means that these Lian Yu scenes were actually up to 20 years in the future. ! Now we know why all in Arrow He has been so quiet about what Roy's story would be this year. (Read our full summary of the premiere here.)
The forward rotation of the flash felt like a page taken from the Lost Playbook, since the ABC drama achieved a similar trick in its season 3 finale (Kate, we have to come back!). In a projection of the Arrow On Thursday's premiere, showrunner Beth Schwartz revealed that these future flashes would become part of the program and serve the same function as the program's flashbacks, which were abandoned after season 5.
"We're going to keep it throughout the season and the series," Schwartz told reporters at the screening. He went on to explain that this idea has been cooking in the writers room for many years. "We did not know how long the show would last, so we always knew that after season 5, there would be no flashbacks, so we had talked about flash-forwards for years, for example," This is what we're going to do when we're not There are flashbacks? "
For Schwartz, the introduction of these flash-forwards is a way to shake the stories of the long series in its seventh season.
"I think it opens up our world immensely," Schwartz told EW at CW's fall launch party on Sunday. "For a seven-season program, creating new stories that we have not done before is definitely a challenge, I think this is an excellent way to tell some of these stories and also add a lot of mystery, because we can present something in the future and Then you say: "How the hell did that happen?" So in the present "Today, you're going to want to tune in to see all those details."
However, the nature of ArrowThe flash-forwards raises a couple of questions. First of all, what does this mean for the vision of Star City 2046 that we saw in Legends of tomorrow season 1? The short answer: nothing. Schwartz said that does not affect the story they tell this season.
"This is not connected to Legends. "This is our own future," Schwartz told reporters at the premiere presentation. However, he did not confirm or deny whether or not we would see Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) and Diggle's son (David Ramsey), John Jr. (Joseph David-Jones), who was the Green Arrow of Star City in the aforementioned Legends episode – in the flashbacks.
The second question is, will we see Roy in both current and future history? Unfortunately, Schwartz would not answer that question. But fans can expect to see some of the other characters appear in the flash-forwards.
Elsewhere in the premiere, Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) attacked Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), who was in protective custody with young William, and ordered her men to hit Oliver, who was trying to keep his head in prison. The attack ends up galvanizing both Oliver and Felicity to counterattack.
"She's going to realize, how do I defend myself without my husband, who happens to be the green arrow? That will be his challenge in the first half of the season," Schwartz said. Meanwhile, Oliver will continue to "fight with what looks like, be the Green Arrow while you're behind bars." It's not easy.
Speaking of Green Arrow: there is a new and mysterious vigilante archer in Star City, whose arrival creates some tension between the old Team Arrow. Although his motives and identity remain hidden, we saw him cross out the names of a book to Oliver in season 1. René (Rick González) wants to help him, while Dinah (Juliana Harkavy), the new captain of the SCPD, believes He must be arrested because vigilance is illegal in Star City.
"I really can not tell you how the new Green Arrow [lands], but Dinah and René will discuss that point a bit. They will be on different sides for a while, "Schwartz said, adding that this is not a Vigilante situation and that it will not take a full season or change to be unmasked." We will definitely reveal and explore before the end of the season, safe".
Arrow It airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the CW.