Arrow Boss Talks Premiere's Big Twist, Oliver and Felicity's Shared Fight

TVLine | 10/15/2018 | Vlada Gelman
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Warning: The following contains major spoilers for Monday’s Arrow premiere.

Monday’s Arrow season premiere went back to the beginning — and to the future! Through a series of flash-forwards, viewers were introduced to Oliver’s now-adult son William (played by Chasing Life‘s Ben Lewis) as he arrived on Lian Yu. While traversing the island where his dad was stranded for so many years, William got caught in a trap. After his captor arrived, William exclaimed, “You knew my father!” The mystery figure then took off his hood, revealing himself to be… an older Roy Harper!

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“When you’re on a show for so long, the challenges are trying to tell new stories with your characters,” showrunner Beth Schwartz explains. But the new timeline, which picks up 20 years after the present day, has “just opened up a huge world for us, and the creativity just poured in. Now the stories are endless.”

While the future glimpses won’t be included in every episode, they will be present “a lot,” and “all season and series,” reveals Schwartz, who is mum on details about the twist. As for whether other familiar names will appear in the future, either played by series regulars or guest stars, Schwartz would only say, “We’re going to see some of our characters,” and dig deeper into how the past affects the future.

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“Part of what made this series so successful in having the flashbacks is that you were able to really get into your characters,” Schwartz shares. “Especially with Oliver, you knew how he became the way he is. And now with the flash-forwards, you’re able to see what is happening in the present day, [and] how that affects the characters in the future.”

Speaking of the present, the season premiere found Oliver trying to keep his head down in prison to mixed results. After...
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