In the Arrow season 4 episode titled “Beyond Redemption,” Oliver Queen finally decided to run for Star City’s Mayor to be the leader who can unite its people, not someone who lurks behind shadows. He was forced to withdraw from the race to protect his loved ones from Damien Darhk, as a result, Ruve Darhk became a mayor unopposed. But she was murdered by Anarchy in the same manner as Tommy Merlyn.
In Arrow season 5, there will be fresh mayoral elections in Star city, and Oliver Queen will most likely win by a landslide, fight in the light of day as he always wanted. The show-makers have confirmed that the villain in season 5 will not have supernatural or meta-human powers. The idea is to embrace the roots of the show when the world was much simpler, the story was grounded and villains were more relatable.
A new character known as Adrian Chase will be introduced into the show, he is a new District Attorney of Star city, his alter-ego is “The Vigilante” who first appeared in 1983 New Teen Titans Annual # 2. He lost his family at the hands of mobsters, and he dispensed justice to them in his own way. Many fans are comparing him with Marvels’ “The Punisher”. He is more like a hard-core version of Punisher, someone who was supposed to uphold the law but ended up breaking it. He will not share the cozy relationship with Mayor Oliver Queen. Josh Segarra (Chicago P.D.) has been cast to play the role of an antagonist. But in order to counter his negative influence on Mayor Oliver Queen, his sister Thea Queen will be his Chief of Staff.
Marc Guggenheim, the executive producer of the show said in an interview:
Perhaps, to her own surprise, she’s actually really, really good at it. All the skills that she learned by watching her mother for all those years, as well as running Verdant, she’s found very transferable to City Hall, and in many ways, she’s a much better chief of staff than Oliver is a mayor.”
Arrow season 5 will air on Oct 5, Wednesdays on the CW network.