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 construct 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.
Who Is Prometheus?
Now that Prometheus has been unveiled, we're still none the wiser regarding his/her true identity, but the producers have offered a number of clues that suggest we could have seen this mysterious figure before.
Why Prometheus Will Kill Tobias Church In 'Arrow' Season 5
A new fan theory suggests that Prometheus will kill Tobias Church as he wants the Green Arrow for himself — and that Chad Coleman's vendetta may ruin his plans for revenge.
Oliver Queen Will Fake His Own Death
The trailer for Episode 5 shows Oliver Queen being shot while working as Mayor. But there's a strong chance that he may in fact be working alongside the Human Target to fake his own death, protecting his secret identity in the process.
Chad Coleman Channeled Negan In The Season 5 Premiere
Did Arrow just pay homage to The Walking Dead with the introduction of Chad Coleman? The fan-favorite actor plays a new villain called Tobias Church in Season 5, but he's definitely channeling Negan.
Will Black Siren Become The Next Canary?
Laurel Lance's last words to Oliver were finally revealed:
"Make me a promise. Please don't let me be the last Canary. That way, a part of me will always be out there with you."
While there's a number of potential recruits that Oliver could train to become the next Black Canary, our money's on Earth-2's Laurel Lance, despite her villainous background.
Was The Huntress Affected By Flashpoint?
Mention of the Bertinelli crime family in a recent episode of Arrow suggests that Flashpoint could have changed the origins of the Huntress, a vigilante who had a number of memorable appearances in the first few seasons.
- Flashpoint: Did 'Arrow' Hint Huntress' Origins Have Been Rebooted In A Blink And You'll Miss It Moment?
How Will Deathstroke Return For The 100th Episode?
While filming the 100th episode, star Stephen Amell posted pictures of Deathstroke hanging out on set. The cheeky photo has sparked fan speculation about whether this will be a one-off appearance, or whether the mercenary will take center stage in an ongoing story arc.
- Stephen Amell Teases A Deathstroke Return On 'Arrow' Season 5 — But Will It Be The Slade Or Grant Wilson Version?
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?
Will Harley Quinn Appear In Season 5 of Arrow?
Show runner Greg Berlanti explains how Warner Bros. asked his team to test out the Suicide Squad characters on TV before tackling the team on the big screen. Does this mean Harley Quinn could return in Season 5 of Arrow?
- Harley Quinn On TV: Could The Clown Queen Of Crime Return In 'Arrow' Season 5?
- 'Arrow' Producer Reveals The Arrowverse Is Used To Test Out DCEU Movies Like 'Suicide Squad'
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.
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.
- Spectre Won't Appear In Season 5 Of 'Arrow', But Could Deathstroke Return With A Vengeance?
- 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. Despite the fact that numerous references since have suggested Green Lantern could appear on Arrow one day, executives have now shot down this rumor completely. However, there's still a chance that the character could appear in DC's Legends of Tomorrow instead.
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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