Teasers from Arrow’s 2016 SDCC Panel

Overnight, Arrow had a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, with cast and crew discussing what’s in store for the upcoming fifth season. Below are a list of the most noteworthy teasers to come from the panel.

Marc Guggenheim teased Prometheus, the new villain (who appeared at the end of the trailer), stating that he is a new character as opposed to the one from the comics.

Arrow’s 100th episode, which will be the eighth of this season, will be part of of the four-way crossover between itself, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Supposedly, however, this is a three-part crossover and Arrow’s 100th will be the middle part.

Stephen Amell said that Oliver now understands that “it’s not just black and white, that there are shades of grey.” Additionally, Oliver will be back to “honouring what [his] father asked [him] to do, [which] is protecting Star City.” Amell then went on to say: “I don’t think [this] is the last year of the show, but it’s definitely the end of a chapter, and that is, this was conceived as a five-year journey, so both Oliver in the present and in the flashbacks, I feel like if we do this year right, we will have the ability to start anew.”

Emily Bett Rickards talked about Felicity’s “bottled up emotions”: “I always like to play the comedy in those sort of things, but I don’t think that would be respectful of her journey coming up because she’s holding onto this guilt of killing 10,000 people,” before going on to say that Felicity would likely have “some private tears going down.”

Paul Blackthorne said that “Lance is absolutely miserable at the start of season 5.”

According to David Ramsey, Diggle will begin season five overseas in Chechnya as he attempts to deal with the guilt of both his brother’s and Laurel’s deaths. “He’s still a man of two minds, to a great degree,” Ramsey said. “We deal with that in a very, very visceral way.”

Curtis will be training with Oliver when the season begins, and Echo Kellum talked about how Curtis wants to help the city.

Thea’s role was discussed by both Willa Holland and Amell. “Thea’s been through a lot in the past 4 seasons,” Holland said. “She got drugged by her father again last season.” Amell mentioned that Oliver is doing a terrible job as the Mayor of Star City and that Thea has stepped up to pick up his slack.

John Barrowman briefly teased the different versions of his role across the DC shows, talking about how excited he was to do it. “I’ve time travelled before so I know what to do,” he later joked.

“I’ve always thought that Oliver’s most important relationship is the one with his city,” Amell said.

Amell mentioned a “really dynamic scene in the premiere” between Oliver and Felicity, where they speak to each other as equal team members. He went on to say: “It’s pretty clear that Oliver loves Felicity, but I don’t know if that means they are going to be together.”

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