[SPOILERS ahead for those not caught up on Arrow season three.]
For the past few weeks, the writers and cast of the CW's Arrow have been teasing what might happen in the final couple episodes of the third season. Several members of the creative team (and even star Stephen Amell himself) have been saying that by the end of this season, the show will be completely changed from a "grassroots level." Those who tuned in to this week's episode - titled "Public Enemy" - were probably beginning to piece together why.
With Oliver Queen en route to prison for his "crimes" as the Arrow, the last shock of the night came when Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) a.k.a. Arsenal surprised Captain Lance and Oliver wearing the green Arrow suit and turning himself in - taking the fall for his mentor. This could mean a lot of things, especially considering next week's episode is heavily speculated as containing the death of a major character - who many have guessed will end up being Roy.
Some new images have been released from next week's episode of the show - titled "Broken Arrow" - as it looks like Captain Lance makes one final play to prove Oliver is actually the Arrow. The images also tease some of the flashback sequences in the new episode, as well as what looks like Laurel freeing Oliver from police custody.
Next week's episode features the first meta-human villain in Arrow with Deathbolt (Doug Jones) wreaking havoc in Starling City - forcing the Arrow and the ATOM (Brandon Routh) to team-up. The promo hints briefly at the two characters interacting with each other and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) possibly nudging Oliver once again into being a team player and Ray happily accepting the invitation.
The 'Broken Arrow' promo focuses more on the emotional arcs of the characters more than anything else, as well as what looks like Oliver and Felicity hooking up (to the joy of all the Olicity fans out there) and Oliver (possibly?) accepting his role as the Heir to the Demon. All that's evident as of right now though is that things look like they're going to get much worse for our heroes before they get any better.
This season of Arrow has proven to be the most unpredictable and impactful series of episodes on the show yet - to both positive and not-so-positive results. With the new theories coming from a certain promo for The Flash - and the writers pulling out all the stops for this final stretch - it looks audiences are in store for an entirely different Arrow, by the time the final episode of season three cuts to black.
Arrow resumes with 'Broken Arrow' on Wednesday, April 15th at 8/7c on The CW.
Source: The CW