The CW's Arrow plays around quite a bit with time-travel, though not in the sense of its protagonist actually traveling through time like Barry Allen in The Flash. Rather, Arrow jumps around in time through its frequent use of flashbacks to tell two stories simultaneously.
For better or worse, Arrow fans have seen a whole lot of Oliver Queen's past, and that trend is not going away anytime soon. A recent comment from Arrow's lead actor Stephen Amell, however, offers the possibility that a plot point in the upcoming season will offer a different look at Oliver than the present and past iterations that audiences have seen so far.
Amell took to his Twitter account yesterday to post about wrapping up the series' 97th episode, and in doing so he offered an intriguing hint of things to come. "Wrapped episode 97 last night," Amell tweeted. "Most times I get to play two versions of Oliver. This time? Three."
Wrapped episode 97 last night. Most times I get to play two versions of Oliver. This time? Three. pic.twitter.com/D7ri72K235
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) September 1, 2016
The "two versions" of Oliver that Amell is referring to could be present and past Oliver, or it could be Oliver in costume as Arrow vs. Oliver out of costume as himself. The two possible interpretations leads to two different conclusions: the first one being that we will see Oliver in a different time period, the second being that we will see him in a different costume than his usual civilian or superhero attire.
Legends of Tomorrow has already offered a glimpse of future Oliver, so it could be that Arrow is revisiting that part of the timeline. It could also be that Oliver is due for a costume change, and episode 97 is when it happens. A third option, though, is that Oliver number 3 is an alternate, Flashpoint timeline version of the character brought about by events in The Flash. Amell has teased in the past that Flashpoint would "majorly" affect the fifth season of Arrow, even if he did walk those statements back a bit later on.
Whatever the third version of Oliver ends up being in season 5 of Arrow, he will join a growing list of characters including Dolph Lundgren as a russian mob boss, Jessica Jones's Wil Traval as Human Target, and the mysterious new villain Prometheus. Fans can look forward to the newly "refocused" season starting next month.
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.