With Arrow season 4 beginning in just a few hours on the West Coast, it seems that the following series would not have been impacted by the “Flashpoint” issue in last night’s The Flash. However, in a recent interview with the series’ executive producer Marc Guggenheim, that will not be the case. As we saw that many of the main issues will remain but subtle differences among the cast will have major affects while other will not.
In an interview with EW, Guggenheim reveals that the character in his series that will be impacted greatly by the “Flashpoint” will be Diggle.
“[Flashpoint] will affect Arrow,” he said. “It’ll affect Diggle’s character the most, and that’s all I really want to say in terms of spoiling how that happens.”
When the series returns, Diggle will have joined up with as a Special Forces operative that places him in Chechnya, which is oddly enough the place that Oliver will be spending a lot of time this season during the series’ final flashback story arc.
“He is searching for that moral compass that he lost at the end of season 4,” Guggenheim said. “Without spoiling too much of what happens to Diggle, I will say that he discovers that Chechnya is the wrong place for him to discover his moral compass. Things do not go according to plan for him, and there’s something that happens in the first three episodes that’s fairly significant in terms of Diggle. It’s the circumstances that will ultimately bring him back to Star City, but he’s not going to be the same. He’s not going to be able to live his life the way he had been living it before. Things are going to get very, very complicated for him, for reasons I don’t want to spoil, but it leads to a very Dig-and-Oliver-centric episode in 504.”
Obviously, this season will focus on Oliver embracing his legacy. As he is mayor of the city, he will be failing as the mayor due to the that he has made the Green Arrow his top priority. So he is convinced that he will have to assemble a new team to help him keep Star City safe.
After the lackluster season that was season 3, it would be safe to assume that they will use the “Flashpoint” affect to bring the series back to its roots. The mystical aspect was cool for the introduction of Constantine, but as a main villain for the series it felt out of place. With Olicity over and done with, Arrow may find its way to be as gritty and action-orientated as we all remember.