The Season 5 premiere of Arrow is almost here, and fans couldn't be more excited to see what's next for Oliver Queen. As you'll recall, last season drew to a close with both John Diggle and Thea Queen quitting crimefighting, leaving Oliver and Felicity alone in the Arrow Cave. The future of Team Arrow was uncertain, but a new trailer for Season 5 shows that Oliver has some big plans to assemble a brand new crimefighting crew.
Check out the new Arrow Season 5 trailer below
Judging by the trailer, the new vigilantes will also signal a darker shift for the show as Arrow battles greater threats to the safety of Star City. There's was a lot to unpack in this exciting trailer, and we're taking a closer look to see what's in store for Arrow and the rest of the team during Season 5.
Green Arrow Is At Breaking Point
It seems like our hero is having a very hard time cleaning up the streets as both the Green Arrow and Mayor Oliver Queen. The trailer's most shocking reveal comes at the beginning when we find out that Oliver is seriously considering killing bad guys again, much like he did in Season 1. Despite Thea's angry opposition, it looks like he might cross that line once more.
Green Arrow appears pushed to the limit, and we even see him admit that he can't fight crime on his own anymore. Will Oliver snap and fall back into his old killing ways, or will the Emerald Archer become the shining light of Star City?
The Dark Tone
One thing that really stood out from the trailer was the tone. It's much darker than last season, and will highlight Arrow's violent tendencies. We even see him drop a criminal off a rooftop, potentially to his death.
Overall, the trailer seems to focus on the gritty streets of Star City as opposed to the colorful costumed villains of previous years. Even the music is more reminiscent of the goosebumps-inducing score from Season 1. Fans have praised the first two seasons as the best of the show, and bringing things closer to the earlier style could be a big boost for Season 5.
Meet The New Team
The new trailer gives us more of a glimpse at the new team of vigilantes in action before they are recruited to Team Arrow 2.0. We get to see Wild Dog getting physical with thugs, Artemis kicking some butt and Ragman doing some major movie-style posing as he removes his hood. Based on looks alone, this is one badass team.
Even better, they're going to get trained by Arrow himself. The mentor/student relationship between Arrow and the new vigilantes will surely bring some drama to the show, and could cause plenty of conflict as they all start to team up. Will the new Team Arrow band together, or will they fall apart during training?
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Who Is Committing The Murders?
With Star City on the verge of becoming overrun with vigilantes, suspicions are raised when a series of mysterious murders begins to plague the city. The trailer reveals bodies strung up by ropes and people stabbed in the necks. Felicity wonders if another vigilante is behind it, and it has me wondering if she could be right.
It could be the work of one of the new misguided crimefighters before Oliver recruits them. Remember, Wild Dog was renowned for being violent in the comic books, just like Vigilante, who's also set for a Season 5 appearance. Then again, it could always be the work of Prometheus, the mysterious dark archer suspected to be this season's big bad.
Laurel's Legacy Is Alive And Well
Despite the controversial death of Black Canary Laurel Lance last season, we have been assured that Season 5 will focus on her legacy. We already know that she will be honored by a memorial statue thanks to previous trailers, and this one is no different, as her legacy is once again a running theme.
Thea reminds Oliver that his new darker approach to fighting crime is "not what she would have wanted," and she's absolutely right. It makes us wonder how else Laurel's legacy will play into the season, especially now that we know actress Katie Cassidy will return for the show's 100th episode.
Oliver Joins The Bratva
Ever since Arrow Season 1, we've known Oliver has a connection to the Bratva. But over the course of the four seasons since, we haven't heard that much about it. The new trailer reveals that this season's flashbacks will see Oliver join the Russian mafia organization. And it looks like he underwent a very painful induction ceremony, likely responsible for some of his many scars.
Furthermore, we also see a brief shot of actor Dolph Lundgren, who will portray the main villain of the flashbacks. Here's to hoping Lundgren's character lives to bring more chaos to Oliver's present.
Felicity's New Boyfriend?
Amdist all the violence and action, we caught a brief glimpse of our favorite computer-whiz Felicity Smoak locking lips with some unknown stranger. We already know that Felicity is getting a new boyfriend this year, but who is he? Fans have theorized he could be Vigilante or the Human Target, but regardless, Felicity's new beau will bring some romantic drama to Team Arrow.
The Solo Fights Return!
One of Arrow's main criticisms lately stemmed from its heavy reliance on group fight scenes, which saw all of Team Arrow taking on their enemies. Well, it looks like Season 5 will go back to basics with Green Arrow taking down bad guys solo.
That space between the disbanding of the original team and the forming of the new one certainly leaves room for quite a few of these solo altercations, and visuals like this will certainly please fans of the earlier fight scenes. The show has always had solid fight choreography, but allowing Arrow to fight solo will shine a light on what makes him such an effective crimefighter.
Prometheus Wants The Green Arrow
The trailer closes with a sentiment from the mysterious Prometheus, who has criminal Tobias Church pinned down, informing him that the Green Arrow is his. What's most interesting about this is that Church is the one who organizes a rebellion against the Green Arrow. But it looks like Prometheus isn't one for sharing and seems to be incredibly jealous that Church has eyes for his guy. Could we see a war between Church and Prometheus? Winner gets Arrow?
Whether it's the fight scenes or the grim tone, it seems that Arrow Season 5 is responding to fan demand, and could be back better than ever. The new trailer has provided us with a mere glimpse of the jam-packed craziness we can expect this season, and if this snippet is anything to go by, it's going to be one hell of a year for the Emerald Archer!
Arrow Season 5 premieres on The CW on October 5. What do you think will happen during the new season? Let us know in the comments!