Arrow Season 7:
With Oliver Queen behind bars and the entirety of Star City now under the threat of being taken over by the criminal underworld, Team Arrow is now a headless snake. Without Oliver’s leadership, who knows how long Felicity, Diggle and the rest could last. The Team Arrow is now under-handed to protect their beloved city. But they had some ray of hope in the form of Arsenal. Roy Harper returned to do his duty, protect the city when Oliver Queen is not around to do the same. As it turns out, Roy is also not without his demons. Presenting – Arrow Season 7 Premiere reveals mind-blowing reveal for Arsenal!!!
SPOILER ALERT: Major Spoilers for Arrow Season 7 Episode 1 up ahead. Enter at your own risk……
Arrow Season 7 has revealed a shocking twist of fate for Roy Harper. He is not what he originally seemed to be. In a flash-forward sequence, the season 7 premiere episode of Arrow reveals that an older Roy Harper harbors a dark secret in the future that nobody is aware of.
The Episode begins with a man in his late twenties making his way to Lian Yu, the island that was the cradle from which the Arrow-verse sprang out of. The man is later revealed to be William Queen, the son of Oliver Queen. The season 7 premiere of Arrow has taken inspiration from Lost’s Episode titled “Inmate 4587.” There has been heavy use of flash-forwards to use an innovative way of engaging the audience with the on-going events of the past, present and the future timeline all at the same time.
William tells the captain of the ship that takes him to the island’s shore that he may not try to contact him of William does not return to the same spot after 10 days. The captain dismisses him and goes away with his ship. As William makes his way past the island, the screen shows a lot of old past season monuments like the ship-wrecked Amazo ship of Doctor Ivo and Robert Queen aka William’s grandfather’s grave. When William makes his way further into the island, he sets a trap and is caught.
The grey tone of the episode reveals it is a dark and bleak future timeline. As William opens his eyes, he sees that the man that now holds him prisoner is none other than Roy Harper. Roy Harper is now an aged, battle-hardened man in his early fifties. What is Roy doing all alone in this island? And why has William decided to venture into Lian Yu? When William realizes that his captor is none other than his father’s old ally, he shows him the symbolic arrow-head of Oliver that Felicity gave to William as a memento to remember his father’s past vigilante life by.
Beth Schwartz, the showrunner for Arrow, claims that the flash forwards could be an important plot device to explain to the audience about how things happening in the present scenario are affecting the future timeline. When TV Line made further queries, Beth Schwartz had this to say:
“Now with the flash-forwards, you’re able to see what is happening in the present day, [and] how that affects the characters in the future.”
Stephen Amell, the guy who plays Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow in The CW show, had this to say about Roy Harper and William’s future timeline encounter on Lian Yu:
“I could give you an hour to guess, to pontificate as to what he’s going to be doing, and none of you would get it,”
Arrow Season 7 had already aired its first episode on the CW network. The official synopsis of the seventh season of The Arrow reads:
There has been no shortage of close calls for Oliver Queen when it comes to protecting his super hero identity, but in the season six finale, he was finally backed into a corner and forced to reveal himself to the world as the Green Arrow. Now, Oliver will come face-to-face with many of the criminals he placed behind bars, as he makes a new home for himself at Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, challenging him to redeem his name or risk losing everything.