Even if Arrow Seasons 3 and 4 had a hard time living up to its first years, Season 5 will at least reach a milestone for the DC drama, to complete the cycle of flashbacks and presumably break new ground. That said, Season 5 has plenty of work ahead in past and present, as a shirtless Stephen Amell gets closer to that island look in a new photo.

Amell himself shared a new behind-the-scenes photo from Season 5, as that Season 4 haircut inevitably gives way to the bearded Robinson Crusoe look we saw in the pilot all-those years ago. We wouldn’t be surprised if Flashback Oliver kept busy in a Russian fight club (note the still-absent Bratva tattoo), but either way, Arrow is giving its shirtless gifts early.

In addition to The Wire star Chad Coleman taking the role of new baddie Tobias Church, wayward vigilantism appears to be a major theme for Arrow Season 5, following the return of Madison McLaughlin as a new Artemis, as well additions of Rick Gonzalez’s Wild Dog, and Josh Segarra’s “Vigilante.” Carly Pope has also joined in a recurring role as a Coast City reporter, with a comic attachment to Green Lantern, while former WWE wrestler Stardust will also put in an appearance.

Elsewhere of Season 5, we know Stephen Amell has also downplayed the likelihood of The Flash’s time-turning twist affecting any Arrow chronology, also teasing a new suit. We’ll also have Echo Kellum elevated to series regular as Curtis Holt, and Colton Haynes reportedly returning as Roy Harper for a number of episodes.

We’ll likely hear more of Arrow Season 5 from Comic-Con 2016, but what other surprises should we expect?


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