Audiences were treated to a first look at Arrow season 5 during this summer's Comic-Con. The preview laid out several details as to what kind of story would unfold during the season, while still managing to keep several aspects concealed. Since then, the series' actors and producers have been busy discussing many parts of the show and laying out what's changing, what's not, and what's getting something of a narrative makeover, now that The CW's elder statesman, in terms of its ever-expanding DC Comics Universe, is pushing the 100-episode mark.
Of those details that seemed most pressing during and after Comic-Con was the role that Chad L. Coleman of The Wire and The Walking Dead fame would be playing and how he would inspire action against the Green Arrow. A new promo teasing the events of season 5 makes certain to highlight Coleman's presence as crime lord Tobias Church and, although short, it does manage to give fans some idea of how he plans to take down Star City's resident vigilante and why. As it turns out, his plans sound to be as much about business as they are a personal vendetta.
When it was announced that Coleman had joined the cast of the series, it gave Arrow back some of the good faith that may have dissipated in the wake of two critically disappointing seasons. The promise that the show would leave behind its adventures in the realm of magic and mysticism was made more credible after the show went after and got an actor with a history of playing grounded, emotionally heavy roles in one of the most highly acclaimed television series ever, and the current reigning champ of TV as far as ratings go. With that the series may have opened the door for the down-and-dirty crime-based storyline Amell and co-showrunner Wendy Mericle have been teasing since before season 4 ended.
If the new promo is anything to go on, it's clear that Coleman will continue being a commanding presence, and that Arrow has, for the first episode anyway, managed to set up a far more grounded narrative (so long as you can look past the idea of Star City erecting a statue in honor of Black Canary) and it has made Church a heavy not to be taken lightly. His comment that "the Green Arrow cannot be stopped" leads one to believe he's holding a grudge against the Emerald Archer, that perhaps he's seen others try to bring the hero down and fail or that he's simply failed on his own on one or more occasions.
While speaking at Comic-Con, Amell mentioned how the season 5 villain was a product of Oliver's actions in season 1, which does lend some credibility to the idea that Church has it in for the hero because getting rid of the Green Arrow is good for business and because it's good for Tobias Church. At any rate, we'll have to wait and see what's really going on when the season kicks off this October.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: The CW