Arrow showrunner on adding Dolph Lundgren, heading to Russia in Season 5

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Aug 22, 2016, 3:39 PM EDT (Updated)

The flashback saga on Arrow has been hit-and-miss the past few seasons, but the story of Oliver’s five-year shipwreck adventure is definitely going out with a bang.

Series showrunner Wendy Mericle chatted with TV Line about the flashback stories they’ll be telling this year, filling in the last few gaps in Oliver’s story before we meet him in “real time” during the pilot episode. This season will find Oliver heading to Russia in the wake of Season 4’s flashbacks, where he’ll tangle with none other than legendary action star Dolph Lundgren.

Mericle offered up where they’re turning for inspiration, along with a brief tease from what we can expect from Lundgren:

“We really wanted to go gritty, dark, and make it feel very real. We’re dealing with the Bratva, and the Bratva is, as we all know, a pretty interesting and messed-up institution. I might get shot for saying that, but hey! Everyone on staff watched [the 2007 film] Eastern Promises. I watched documentaries about Bratva and how they operate in Russian prisons…

[Dolph’s character] is a government strongman. He is scary and formidable — and he had a role in some stuff with Taiana’s family last season. He’s a bit of a badass.”

Arrow Season 5 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5, on The CW.

What do you think of the direction they’re taking this season with the flashbacks? Are you looking forward to seeing Stephen Amell tangle with Lundgren?

(Via TV Line)

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