The Season 4 premiere episode of The Flash has seemingly revealed the identity of two Arrow characters who have survived the Lian Yu explosion in Arrow’s Season 5 finale.
The Arrowverse is known for its crossovers, where the shows will refer to the other series within the shared universe – be it major events like the annual four-show crossovers bringing together Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, or more minor events like cameos and name dropping.
Arrow arguably had the biggest cliff-hanger of the four series in the Arrowverse this year, as Oliver Queen travelled to the island of Lian Yu to confront villain, Prometheus, who had kidnapped the hero’s loved ones. As part of his plan, Prometheus rigged the island to blow if Oliver killed him – the twist being that Prometheus killed himself while Oliver and his son were safely aboard a boat. The ending was unclear as to who survived the blast – but it seems that The Flash’s Season 4 premiere has revealed at least two of the survivors.
‘The Flash Reborn’ saw Cisco in the process of trying to save Barry from the Speed Force prison. While explaining the technology he has created to save Barry, Cisco reveals that he has consulted the Arrowverse’s other scientific minds during its development process. He said, “I’ve consulted with Harry and Tracy and Felicity and Curtis.”
So, this leads us to believe that Felicity Smoak and Curtis Holt have survived the Lian Yu explosion – assuming that the finales of Season 3 of The Flash and Season 5 of Arrow took place around the same time. ‘The Flash Reborn’ picks up a few months after the Season 3 finale, meaning that Cisco would have spoken to Felicity and Curtis after the time of the explosion.
There is, of course, the possibility that the timelines of the two series are somewhat off, and Cisco has spoken to them prior to the trip, however, this would overcomplicate the TV universe, and would have to be addressed before the next crossover, Crisis on Earth-X.
These characters surviving would make sense, as Curtis’ Mister Terrific features on the poster for Crisis on Earth-X, while set photos for the crossover hint a different kind of spoiler for Felicity. However, fans will soon learn the fates of those trapped on Lian Yu when Arrow returns this Thursday.