Arrow has always been presented as the hero's journey of Oliver Queen as shown over a period of five years. The show has had enough success that there's no reason to believe that it will come to an end after those five years, but the upcoming end of that half decade means that Season 5 should be an exciting time for Oliver and Co. The flashbacks will have run their course, Oliver will have presumably come full circle from where he began, and we'll find out just where he got all that hair from the opening scene of the pilot.
As of right now, however, Oliver still has a ways to go before he finishes his flashbacks and reaches the end of his journey toward becoming a full-fledged hero. He'll definitely have a lot to do before he's ready for his big five-year finale. So, here is a look at what we know so far about Arrow Season 5.
Is Arrow Renewed?
Arrow fans can rest easy. The big question of whether or not Oliver would get the chance to finish out the fifth year of his journey has already been answered. The show has indeed already been renewed for a Season 5. Ratings for Arrow have always been solid for a CW series, and the numbers have remained impressively consistent over the past couple of seasons.
All three of the shows that currently make up The CW's DC universe have gotten the renewal order. The Flash will be back for a Season 3, and Legends of Tomorrow will be back for a Season 2. Now that Supergirl is joining The CW as well, there should be plenty of superheroes on The CW for the 2016 - 2017 TV season.
When Will Arrow Season 5 Premiere?
Season 5 of Arrow will premiere on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. ET. The Season 4 finale did not end on a cliffhanger, so we should count on Season 5 to pick up in real time in the same manner as previous seasons. The Flash premieres its third season on October 4, but we shouldn't expect the timelines to meet up thanks to Barry Allen's time travel mischief at the end of The Flash Season 2. Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow don't return to the airwaves until the next week, so Arrow should be standing on its own for the Season 5 premiere.
How Many Episodes Will Arrow Season 5 Have?
An awful lot needs to happen in Season 5 of Arrow if the five year plan is to come full circle, so hopefully the show will get a respectable order of episodes. The CW hasn't confirmed an episode count yet, but Seasons 1 - 4 all received orders of twenty-three episodes. Assuming that The CW continues this trend, Oliver and Co. should get twenty-three hours of adventure in Season 5 of Arrow.