Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not continue if you have not seen the premiere of season seven on Monday. Arrow.
A new generation of the Queen family has landed on Lian Yu.
In Arrow of premiere of the seventh season on Monday, fans watched as the program's traditional flashback sequences were replaced by something else, someone more, so to speak: the story of a mysterious stranger who risked his life and physical integrity (and a substantial bank account, it seems) to head to the infamous island in the North Sea of China, where Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) became the green arrow all those years ago. When it finally lands, it embarks on a mission of another kind, but it was not until the final moments of the episode that we finally discovered why it came.
After being hunted by a hooded archer, who turns out to be a degraded Roy Harper (Colton Haynes, returning to the regular series role this season), the man reveals that he is not a stranger at all. He is William, Oliver's son. It is the future!
"We always knew that after season five there will be no flashbacks," executive Beth Schwartz told reporters of the big revelation, "which is why we talked about doing flash-forwards for many years."
"Part of what I think made this series so successful at having the flashbacks is that you really could get into your characters, because you knew, especially with Oliver, that you knew how he became what he is," he added. "And now, with flash-forwards, you can see what's happening in our day, how that affects our characters and the future, which is very, very, really fun and creative, to tell those stories."
On Sunday, at the autumn launch event The CW, in collaboration with #SeeHer, Schwartz unveiled the exciting storyline possibilities presented by the timeline, giving a sweet nod to another popular show that recently surprised fans with flash-forwards: We are.
"Yes I love it We are, and Dan Fogelman was actually my first boss in Los Angeles, so he's the best person in the world, "he said." But I'm a big fan of that program and also Westworld In how they play with time. I think he's so smart. As a member of the audience, I love seeing that kind of storytelling. "
When it comes to Arrow, Explained Schwartz, "we have told the story for seven years of our characters and they have really helped the city [as] vigilantes – are they good or are they bad? Now we can see if his actions really helped in the future. That is the great part for us and, really, to know more similar mysteries, what happened in that lost time is always good. Mystery in Arrow it's key and that's what I love about the program. "
Last season, the DC Comics-inspired series continued using flashbacks to tell different stories about several of its main characters, but this year, the show is jumping 20 years to explore the mysterious circumstances that led William to Lian Yu. Schwartz confirmed that, although flash-forwards will not be present in all episodes, they will explore an arc of the entire season's story: "Not only will we keep the mysteries alive, we will also respond to them." – while we enthusiastically present the newcomer series Ben Lewis, who plays the greatest of william.
"I'm so excited to announce him because he's great," he said of the actor, previously known for his roles in Chasing life Y Degrassi: the next generation. "He's a very good actor and that's another thing we've been doing a great job of keeping silent."
the Arrow The creative team was also excited to explore more of William's story through the jumps of the timeline, including how the trauma of growing around the watchers could affect him later in life. "We were always like that, that child has had some bad times!" Schwartz told ET. "What does that look like when you're an adult who's dealing with that? That was always something we talked about."
And while flash-forwards have no correlation with other iterations of the future that Arrow & # 39; fans of the verse have seen in the CW spin-off programs – like the Legends of tomorrow visit to Star City 2047 – Schwartz was shy about what characters we might see aged in the scenes of 2040, as well as if Haynes will appear or not as Roy in the current stories.
However, some mysteries will be resolved sooner rather than later, such as the identity of the city's new Green Arrow, which has taken over the guards' mantle while Oliver languishes behind bars in Slabside's maximum security prison, and even It has its own list of objectives. . "We will definitely reveal and explore [that] before the end of the season, for sure, "Schwartz said.
The theme of the seventh season is "redemption," and the executive producer noted that "it will affect all of our characters, Obviously, Oliver's character is the most important."
"In terms of everything he's done for the last six years and … because his identity is revealed, which is also a great moment in the series," he explained, "everyone knows who he is and that's going to be huge. " "He'll have to deal with that all season too, he can not hide behind the mask or the prison or all that stuff anymore."
As for life behind bars, Schwartz pointed out that things will not be much easier for Oliver in the next episodes, especially now that he has given up on his mission of keeping his head down and avoiding the angry antagonists among his fellow prisoners.
"He learns a lot while he's there, which is really cool," Schwartz said. "He was a little different than we've ever seen him, where he was not the hero, and he just went to bed and thought that was the best way to be in jail, obviously, when his family is attacked, he can not." Be the Green Arrow … Then you will continue to struggle with how that looks, be the Green Arrow while you are behind bars? Is not easy ".
The showrunner also noticed that Oliver, who "does not like not controlling things," will deal more with being locked up as villains like Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) and longbow hunters wreak havoc in Star City. "He's on the inside, while the Big Bad is out there, so he's been very tough on his character, but creative, very interesting so we can play in. You'll have to see how our group manages to deal with that."
The premiere took a look at how each of the team members has been managing life in the absence of Oliver, especially Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), who was fleeing and in the witness protection program with his son, William (Jack Moore). But when Diaz proves that she can find them even through the layers of obfuscation by the defensive government, attacking them and almost killing them inside her safe house, Felicity decides to face the fight, return to Star City and reclaim her heroic identity.
"We play her pretty much parallel to Oliver, where she hides, she's not being herself," Schwartz explained. "She is in protective custody and when someone attacks her family, she can not ignore that."
"She has to defend herself, so she's going to find out how I can defend myself without my husband being the green arrow." she added. "That will be his challenge in the first half of this season."
Felicity may or may not count on the help of the rest of the team, as Schwartz noted that "everyone on our old team is trying to figure out what it means for them to be a hero for the city." And she confirmed that Rene (Rick GonzalezHe is definitely the "most interested" in learning more about the new Green Arrow, after fans saw him in a backup to help catch the watchers at the premiere of the season.
"Rene definitely has the biggest fight," he added. "Obviously, at the premiere, he returned with the Wild Dog outfit and he … Everyone will have a different opinion of returning."
For Dinah (Juliana harkavy), his new position as captain of the police makes him question his return to the world of the heroics of the vigilantes. "She's going back a bit to her roots," Schwartz said of the former policeman turned Black Canary. "We see at the premiere, she fully believes [in] the law now, she is now on the other side of things, which is what is so interesting. It's because, and Rene is calling it, now it's the people who used to chase them, but he believes that the best thing for the city is law and order and not necessarily vigilantes. "
Another original member of the team that moves away from the lifestyle of the vigilante is John Diggle (David Ramsey), who now works for his wife, Lyla (Aubrey Marie Anderson), in A.R.G.U.S., "that I love," said Schwartz.
"We'll see in the next episodes how he's dealing with what happened to Felicity," the producer said of Green Arrow's former right-hand man. "In a way, he's kind of Oliver's brother, and he obviously wants to protect Oliver's family, but now it's full-time A.R.G.U.S., so we'll see some stories of A.R.G.U.S., which is really fun."
At the moment, he will share office space with Curtis (Eco kellum), another former member of the team who seems to be more than happy to be away from the heroic life and be back in front of their family screens. "We're going to see that Curtis was a little more traumatized than we thought about the way things developed last season," Schwartz said. "That's why he specifically chose his position at ARGUS, that will come out this season."
However, the most difficult transition can still be that of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), who is working to fill the shoes of his Earth-1 counterpart and complete his trip from villain to hero.
"She has the kind of the furthest thing to redeem herself," Schwartz said, calling the theme of the season. "She's the district teacher like we saw at the premiere, but it's kind of, her all-season bow is about, is it Laurel or is she Black Siren?"
Arrow It airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET / PT in the CW.
Additional report by Philiana Ng.
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