‘Arrow’ is adding a new villain for Season 5. Showrunner Wendy Mericle announced today at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that actor Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Masters of the Universe, The Expendables) will play a villain in a series of flashbacks set in Russia. Of course!
“In our flashbacks in Russia — we’re set in Russia this season — we are going to be bringing in Dolph Lundgren as one of our big bads,” executive producer Wendy Mericle revealed.
“He is somebody we heard about in season 4,” Mericle told EW. “Kovar. We are going to bring him in and he’s going to be this super big badass guy who works for the Russian government, and is not a friend of Oliver or the Bratva. It’s part of Oliver’s promise to Taiana at the end of season 4 and it’s going to be interesting because it’s going to get complicated and very messed up very fast.”
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim also confirmed that Season 5 would be the final year of flashbacks. “We always said that Oliver had a five-year journey when he was marooned on the [island],” Guggenheim said. “This year, Oliver spends his time in the flashbacks in Russia. We know from various seeds we planted back in the pilot that he knows how to speak Russian, he became a Bratva captain. Sort of the flashback story in the first half of the year is going to involve Oliver’s introduction into the Bratva.”
‘Arrow’ Season 5 will premiere Wednesday, October 5th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.