The Arrow team came to San Diego Comic Con with loads of information for us. For starters, the theme of the season is “redemption.” While Oliver (Stephen Amell) certainly needs to be redeemed, both in the eyes of the city and his friends and family, he won’t be the only one. Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) will also be returning to the cast, but he is adamant that it won’t be the Roy we know. Perhaps, he’s coming back to make some changes, as well. Felicity Smoke (Emily Bett Rickards) is also stepping up this season – it seems like she might be more than a keyboard warrior.
Oliver, of course, is the person most in question. He’s in prison and looking ripped (as seen in the trailer posted below) but he’s also looking pretty banged up. He’s surrounded by a lot of people that he put away and they are all very happy to see him within reach. Stephen said at the Arrow panel that Oliver does some pretty bad things in prison, things that we may not have expected, and that fans are going to mad at Oliver over it. He said that “there’s nothing heroic” about Oliver in the premier.
Another topic of interest is, of course, the much-hyped crossover episode that will happen in episode 9. Most people are aware that Batgirl will be joining the team, but Stephen said he’s more excited about Oliver interacting with another character during the crossover. We weren’t giving any information beyond that, but it’s sure to start a lot of speculation.
Episode 11 this season will be directed by David Ramsey, who plays John Diggle, and he’s promised us lots of action. The rest of the cast completely agrees that the whole season is going to be just as action-packed. Showrunner Beth Schwartz has said that she’s put a new spin on the show; things may be getting dark. Compared to shows like The Flash, Arrow is already dark so I’m curious to know where she takes it.
The new season premiers on Monday, October 15th at 8/7c.