The CW’s “Arrow” is about to begin its sixth season this Fall on The CW, and show producer Marc Guggenheim revealed at the Television Critics Association this week that the writers already have plans for a seventh season in mind.
The fifth season ended on a cliffhanger which saw the mysterious island of Lian Yu effectively blown up with the fate of much of the show’s main cast in question. Guggenheim says the new season will explore its after effects:
“We didn’t kill off everyone except for Oliver and one person. He still will have a team. The question is what is the composition of that team and how are they all affected by the trauma of what happened at the end of last year. For us, it’s more than a binary thing of who lives and who dies. There are consequences that we’re also playing around with as a result.”
Having mapped it so well out already, this has led to them thinking ahead to what happens next year:
“We’ve already started talking about ooh, we have a shape for season seven already. This is the earliest we’ve ever had an idea for a season that far ahead, but it’s come out of our conversations about season six.”
Of course, there’s the other lingering question – a series finale. Guggenheim says when the time does come, it will not require long-term planning to deliver the ending they have in mind:.
“I think we’ve always had an endpoint in mind. We’ve always known how we want to end the show. That end point doesn’t require X number of seasons. If we had to, we could work towards it as long as we knew with enough leeway, we could work towards the moment we’ve been talking about since day one.”
It has also been announced that Sydelle Noel has scored a recurring role in the sixth season as Samanda Watson, an FBI agent who will be investigating Oliver Queen’s connection to the Green Arrow. “Arrow” moves to Thursdays this Fall with the show returning October 12th on The CW.