With 75 years of comic book history to draw upon, CW's flagship show Arrow has successfully adapted a number of fan-favorite storylines with a unique Arrowverse spin that's resonated with audiences worldwide.
Few shows on TV have such an enduring legacy to uphold, which is why every episode is picked apart by viewers. We love to analyse each frame, and constructing our own fan theories to explain exactly what's going on in obsessive detail. So check out our best Arrow season 5 theories below!
While not every fan theory turns out to be true, they're fascinating nonetheless, providing a deeper insight into the characters that we all know and love. With that in mind, take a look below at all of the fan theories currently circulating around Arrow Season 5 — and remember to come back regularly as we continue to update this list.
How Does Robert Queen Return From The Dead?
After executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that actor Jamey Sheridan is set to return in Arrow's 100th episode, theories of how Robert Queen could cheat death began to circulate, ranging from time travel, to magic, to even Lazarus Pits. The question now is: could Moira Queen follow close behind?
More on this fan theory here: ‘Arrow’ Season 5: Robert Queen Cheats Death In 100th Episode With No Flashpoint In Sight
Will Flashpoint Affect Arrow?
Barry's actions in the Season 2 finale of The Flash will undoubtedly have some kind of impact on Star City, although it's unclear to what extent as of yet. Stephen Amell suggests that the changes will be minimal, confined mostly to Arrow's spinoff show. But there's a chance that any lost character could return as if nothing's happened, including Robert Queen — or even Laurel Lance herself.
- More on this fan theory here: Flashpoint Could Have Huge Repercussions For Season Five Of 'Arrow' And Here's How
3 Oliver Queens?
Amell has confirmed that he will play three different versions of Oliver Queen in Episode 97, 'Human Target', suggesting that this could be linked with Flashpoint and a potential merging of worlds.
- More on this fan theory here: Why 'Arrow' May Never Be The Same After 'The Flash' Season 3
Will Tommy Merlyn Return As A Villain?
The widespread effect of Flashpoint has led some fans to suspect that Oliver's former friend Tommy Merlyn may reappear for the first time since his unfortunate death in the Season 1 finale. There's even talk of Merlyn ultimately turning out to be the face behind Prometheus, the secret new Big Bad of Season 5. However, such a move would likely draw a mixed response from viewers, some of whom would rather see at least one of the prominent deaths in Arrow actually stick.
- More on this fan theory here: 'Arrow' Season 5: Why Tommy Merlyn Should Stay Dead
Will Shado Return As Prometheus?
Shado may have been killed during the Season 2 flashbacks, but a little thing like death hasn't stopped characters like Sarah Lance returning from the void before. If Oliver's former love does return in Season 5, it 's completely plausible that she is the one terrorizing Star City in the role of Prometheus. After all, Oliver chose to save Sarah over Shado, which means that she would certainly have a grudge to bear. Plus, Shado's killer archery skills do match Prometheus's prowess with a bow and arrow.
Will Deathstroke Return To Wreak Vengeance In Arrow Season 5?
One particularly interesting Arrow Season 5 theory concerns DC's most prominent supernatural entity, The Spectre. People began to suspect that this iconic character could appear on Arrow after director James Bamford tweeted this cryptic message:
The Spirit of Vengeance is unlikely to appear though, as the show runners behind Arrow are determined to take the program back to its realist roots. However, there's plenty of characters from previous episodes of Arrow who could return to wreak vengeance against Oliver Queen, including one particular mercenary who's made headlines recently now it's been confirmed that he will star in the next Batman movie. There's nothing stopping Deathstroke from appearing both in the DCEU and on CW's network at the same time.
- More on this fan theory here: Spectre Won't Appear In Season 5 Of 'Arrow', But Could Deathstroke Return With A Vengeance?
- More on this fan theory here too: Could Deathstroke Return To 'Arrow'? Stephen Amell Explains How The DCEU Shares Characters
Green Lantern Will Appear In Season 5 Of Arrow — As A Villain
Fans have been clamouring to see Hal Jordan appear in the Arrowverse ever since the hero's hometown Coast City was first introduced as an Easter Egg in earlier seasons. This particular fan theory claims that not only will Green Lantern appear as a new character in Season 5, but it even goes so far as to suggest that he could start out as an antagonist, fighting Green Arrow under the control of a villain called The Puppeteer.
- More on this fan theory here: Will Hal Jordan Be A Side Villain For 'Arrow' Season 5, With The Puppeteer Pulling His Strings?
Remember to check back regularly as we continue to update this overview with the very best Arrow fan theories that the internet has to offer. In the meantime, check out this promo for Arrow Season 5 for clues on which direction the show will take next.
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