Arrow's fourth season is barely cold, but the details about Season 5 are already beginning to paint quite a picture of the new big bad.
So who will the (extremely depleted) Team Arrow be facing off against? Here's what we know about the new villain so far:
He's a Stringer Bell on the streets, but Khal Drogo in the sheets: With Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and H.I.V.E. out of the picture, there's a huge crime void in Star City. According to TVLine, this is where a new crime lord, tentatively named Anthon Church, comes in.
Anton Church is loosely inspired by Idris Elba's Wire character, Stringer Bell, but is physically described as Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones character, Khal Drogo. Now can somebody please write fanfic about Stringer and Drogo falling in love and having a baby together? Great, thanks.
He's just a regular dude: Arrow is seemingly toning down the magic for Season 5. Unlike Damien Darhk, this new big bad is just your run-of-the-mill evil human, according to star Stephen Amell. "As far as I know, they don't have superpowers," he previously told Variety.
He may have an accomplice: In addition to Anton Church, Arrow is adding a new series regular named James, who is described as "a man on a mission," and who's out to avenge a loss in his past, TVLine reports. The casting call describes James as a character who can "just as easily shake your hand as your best friend or break your neck as your worst enemy — and you never know which one is coming. Either way, he's more than capable of having a good time as he does it."
Could James be working with Anton Church? Or will Team Arrow find themselves facing off with two villains next season?
He couldn't have come at a better time: When asked about the new villain, Amell told Variety: "I've heard that our big bad, our villain, is something that you can really only do once you're in the fifth, sixth or seventh season of a TV show." We have no real concept of what that means, but please feel free to share your interpretations in the comments below!
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