The last time we saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), he was driving off into the sunset with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and planning to permanently retire the Arrow persona and his trademark hood. While the ending of the third season of Arrow seemed to promise peace for Oliver, it was clear to fans that the peace would be fleeting at best.
It has since been confirmed that Oliver will be returning to Starling City as a masked vigilante, though the character and his team will go through a number of changes in Arrow season four. The first change, revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, was that he would be donning a new, sleeker costume in the fourth season. The episodes ahead will also see the resurrection of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) as well as Diggle finally donning a costume of his own. With an ever-growing team of heroes, the biggest question is where will they be operating.
Thankfully, the answer has been revealed. EW released a piece of concept art that depicts the new lair for Oliver and the gang. The series' writers refer to the cave as the 'Arrow Bunker', though there's no word if it will be called that in the show. EW also spoke with Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim about Team Arrow's newest hideout.
"In designing the new lair, we had to think in terms of the much larger group that Oliver has now surrounded himself with and how Team Arrow is a much bigger enterprise."
When pressed for details, Guggenheim declined to comment on where the lair will be located in Starling. However, he did explain the layout of the bunker and how it relates to the show's continued growth.
"One of the fun things about this lair is that as opposed to one big space where everyone would congregate, it's now a much larger space divided into smaller spaces. There is an area for Felicity to work, there is an area for Oliver to work out and there is a garage. There are many different places we'll continue to discover over the course of the season that give you a sense that this thing is a bit bigger than we got used to in the first three years."
You can check out the Arrow season four Arrow Cave concept art, below:
During Arrow season three, Oliver's identity was revealed to the Starling City police and the previous hideout beneath Verdant was subsequently discovered and occupied by Captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and his men. Team Arrow thereafter temporarily relocated to Palmer Technologies; though, with the disappearance of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), it's likely they've distanced themselves from the building, by the time season four rolls around.
Then again, as Ray transferred a controlling stake of his company to Felicity prior to his disappearance, there's likely a connection between the new lair and the new owner of Palmer Technologies. It's possible that upon her return to Starling (or sooner), Felicity finances a new headquarters for all of Team Arrow to use.
Arrow has continuously expanded its mythology with each season and the new season four headquarters concept art seems to indicate that trend will continue in the future. The presence of the conference table (similar to the Justice League) alone seems to imply more of a team-focused series than previous seasons. With Constantine joining the series for an unknown number of episodes and more crossovers planned with spinoff series The Flash, Oliver will have an impressive stable of heroes to call upon by the time the season four finale is upon us.
The Flash season two debuts October 6th, 2015 on The CW; Arrow returns for season four a day later on October 7th; and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut on The CW by the first half of 2016.