If you had said a year ago that a TV show about Green Arrow would become one of the most popular superhero shows in television history, few people probably would’ve believed you. And yet that’s exactly what happened – since the premiere of Arrow on The CW last year, the show has fast become one of network’s biggest hits, thanks in no small part to writer/producer Marc Guggenheim and star Stephen Amell.

With the season 2 premiere only a few weeks away,we’re starting to see more and more publicity images for the upcoming episodes, like this shot of Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger.  And today we have a slew of new images from the premiere – titled ‘City of Heroes’ – as well as the plot synopsis, featuring Amell as Oliver Queen/The Hood, Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Colton Hayes as Roy Harper, Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson, and more.

Check out the images below (courtesy of GreenArrowTV):


The images give us our first look at the aforementioned Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, Oliver’s business rival. They also provide some action shots of Oliver and Felicity, who, according to producers, just might have a romantic relationship in their future (cross your fingers!).

Otherwise, the images aren’t particularly eventful. If you’ve seen these characters before – and chances are you have if you’re reading an article about a second season premiere – then you’re not going to see much of anything new.

However, we also have the plot synopsis for the season 2 premiere, which does provide some new information about the forthcoming season. Read it below:

FROM VIGILANTE TO HERO — Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) travel to Lian Yu in search of Oliver (Stephen Amell) who left Starling City after The Undertaking.  Convinced to return home, Oliver finds that things are in worse shape than he thought – Isabel Rochev (guest star Summer Glau) is preparing a hostile takeover of Queen Consolidated, Thea (Willa Holland) refuses to visit Moira (Susanna Thompson) in jail, Roy (Colton Haynes) is trying to fill the void left by the Arrow’s absence, and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is working with the District Attorney’s office to take down the vigilante.  Meanwhile, flashbacks to the island show Slade (Manu Bennett), Shado (guest star Celina Jade) and Oliver in a desperate situation.

A few things to think about:

  • Why has Oliver left Sterling City? Is it because his best friend –  Tommy Merlyn – died in the season 1 finale?
  • How long will it take for Roy Harper to join forces with The Hood? (For those who don’t know, in the comics, Roy Harper a.k.a. Speedy was Green Arrow’s drug-abusing sidekick.)
  • Will Isabel (Summer Glau’s character) end up being as weird as the character from the comics? In the comics, she was in love with Oliver’s father and even wore his dead wife’s jewelry. That’s probably out of the question now that they’ve cast someone as young as Glau – but could there be more to her than just her business qualifications?
  • And finally – how much longer are we going to have to watch flashbacks?

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to Arrow season 2? Are you excited to see all the new villains and appear? Drop us a line in the comments.

Arrow season 2 premieres October 9th, 2013 @8pm on The CW.

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Source: Green Arrow TV (1, 2)