James Bamford, Director of the first two episodes of Season 5, shared with me the first Easter Egg from these episodes. There are in fact many Easter Eggs in Legacy and The Recruits, so the episodes might require numerous viewings to “catch them all”.
Fans were delighted to see some of the results of his hard work over the past month in the Sizzle Reel shared at the Arrow panel at San Diego Comic-Con. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:
Eagle-eyed fans might have spotted some Japanese characters behind the glass in the “Blue Fight Scene”. James explained that they were Bushidō and meant “Warrior Spirit”. This has very special meaning to him and he has these characters tattooed on his arm.
“Bushidō, ( Japanese: “Way of the Warrior”) the code of conduct of the samurai, or bushi (warrior), class of premodern Japan.
The precise content of the Bushidō code varied historically as the samurai class came under the influence of Zen Buddhist and Confucian thought, but its one unchanging ideal was martial spirit, including athletic and military skills as well as fearlessness toward the enemy in battle. Frugal living, kindness, honesty, and personal honour were also highly regarded, as was filial piety.”