It's hard to believe but Arrow will soon be airing its 100th episode this fall. The show that started the whole CW DC TV-verse is entering Season 5 and it looks like it'll be celebrating the landmark the only way it knows how: plot twists, melodrama, and good old-fashioned street archery. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim released a photo of the cast doing a table read for the 100th episode and revealed that a pretty major character in the Arrow world is making his return from the dead. You'll have to see this one for yourself.
Courtesy of Guggenheim's Twitter, we've got a picture of most of the main cast for Season 5 getting ready for a table read, and fans will notice one face in particular. Sitting right next to Stephen Amell is Jamey Sheridan, otherwise known as Robert Queen, father of Oliver. This no doubt raises eyebrows because viewers know that Robert notoriously met his end in the pilot when he killed himself to save the life of his son. His death and ominous apology eventually led Oliver to the path of the Green Arrow, but it looks like he may have walked off that bullet to the head and subsequent drowning; he certainly wouldn't be the first Arrow character to come back to life.
The clear answer might have been that Robert returns through a flashback or that the universe rebooting Flashpoint makes it so that the character never died at all, but Guggenheim is one step ahead of our speculation. The caption of his tweet makes it explicitly clear that Flashpoint and flashbacks have nothing to do with this episode. If that's the case, then how can Robert be alive? It's possible that Robert was resurrected at some point after his suicide, perhaps through a Lazarus Pit or some magical properties, though that feels like well-trodden ground at this point. Another option is that Sheridan is playing the Earth-2 version of Robert, who is still alive and is actually that universe's Green Arrow.
It's unclear if Robert will only be back for the 100th episode extravaganza, but you don't bring back Robert Queen and not have it be a big deal. The identity of the mysterious new big bad Prometheus is still unknown, so could Robert's return have something to do with the villain? Season 5 is supposed to be connected to the roots of Season 1 so the inclusion of Robert makes sense and could have very big ramifications for Oliver and his new crew going forward.
Arrow Season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, October 5, at 8 PM on the CW. To learn when more of your favorite shows are returning then check out CinemaBlend's fall TV premiere schedule.