Newswire: Arrow casts a villain for next season’s flashbacks

Flashbacks are often derided as a lazy storytelling device, a gimmick that lets a movie/show/book/whatever fill in plot holes without having to figure out how to do it naturally. The CW’s Arrow, though, leans so hard on flashbacks that they’re often just as important to the narrative as whatever is happening in the present, like how season three’s flashbacks showed how a character lost his son and joined up with the evil League Of Assassins, or how season two explored Slade Wilson’s descent into one-eyed madness. We don’t know what shape season four’s flashbacks will take—though Oliver Queen does have to get dumped back on the island from season one eventually—but at least we know who their villain will be.

As reported by Deadline, British actor Jimmy Akingbola (Sons Of Liberty) will be playing Baron Reiter, a villain from …

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